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OLIP helps to unite and share scarce resources for greater impact by working together in the field of student education.

Walter Piovesan
Associate Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
The target beneficiary of the work of OLIP is the whole community. In this short period we have planted together important seeds for Ottawa’s development.   

Dick Stewart
OLIP Council Chair
Welcoming Ottawa Week is wonderful platform to demonstrate our city’s longstanding openness to immigration and commitment to supporting newcomers’ successful integration. …

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. Welcoming Ottawa Week offers a platform for Ottawa residents to celebrate both this…

Alex Munter, Chair of the OLIP Council and President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
We are very pleased to have done the “Opportunity Cost of Not Investing in Interpretation” report – it is so important to have clarity on these challenges and…

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP
The WOW seminar on immigrant women’s nutrition and health was a step in the right direction towards closing the gap between academic researchers and service providers.

Josephine Etowa
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
My nomination is an indication that our hard work in building Canada is recognized. All we do is to serve the community in return for embracing us when we needed it.  

Mehdi Mahdavi
Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards Nominee
All the WOW events that I went to were great – WOW does give a sense of a community trying to improve its attraction and retention!

Caroline Andrew
Professor, University of Ottawa
In our city’s history, immigrants have always played an important role. They build our economic prosperity, diversify our culture, contribute to our social vitality.

Jim Watson
Mayor of Ottawa
The City of Ottawa will continue to play a lead role in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy, just as we did in the founding of OLIP.

Steve Desroches
City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Ottawa

Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours

Take a journey through some of Ottawa’s most interesting neighbourhoods. As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week, June 20 to 30, 2017, the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, Heritage Ottawa, City of Ottawa and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada have joined together to host a series of guided walking tours to Chinatown, Little Italy, Lowertown West and Lowertown East.

Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, these tours are designed to showcase the important contributions of immigrants to the social, cultural, and economic development and vitality of these neighbourhoods. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the treasure trove of history, food, art, architecture, places of worship, and the myriad of businesses that have flourished there thanks to the efforts of successive generations of immigrants and of their descendants.

 The tours, offered in English and French, have knowledgeable, animated guides that draw upon their personal experiences in telling the story of each neighbourhood. These tours help to expand the understanding not only of the neighbourhoods, but their progression over time, as Ottawa has evolved to the present day rich mosaic of diverse cultures.

Immigrant Heritage Walking Tour brochure.

 Sign up today for one of these great tours!

2017 Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours – Schedule and Registration

Date/Time Starting/Ending Locations Language Description
20/06/2017
1:30 to 3 pm
Tour starts at the Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West and ends at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 427 Booth Street English Little Italy Walk
Guided walk with Luciano Pradal throughout Little Italy to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. They learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks.
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20/06/2017 3 to 4:30 pm Tour starts at Bingham Park, 145 Cathcart Street and ends at Tucker’s Marketplace, 61 York Street English Lowertown West Walk
Guided walk with Marc Farine throughout Lowertown West to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants walk though this vibrant neighbourhood to learn about the evolving social history, architecture and commerce and how this area was the heart of early Bytown (Ottawa’s original name).
Registration
21/06/2017 6:30 to 8:00 pm Tour starts at the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch, near Bronson Avenue and Somerset Street West intersection and ends at  the Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West English Chinatown Walk
Guided walk with Don Kwan throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. They learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.
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22/06/2017 1:30 to 3:00 pm Tour starts at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West) and ends at Saint Anthony of Padua Church (427 Booth Street) English Little Italy Walk
Guided walk with Luciano Pradal throughout Little Italy to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. They learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks.
Registration
23/06/2017
10 to 11:30 am
Tour starts at the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch, near Bronson Avenue and Somerset Street West intersection and ends at  the Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West English Chinatown Walk
Guided walk with Don Kwan throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. They learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.
Registration
24/06/2017
10 to 11:30 am
Tour starts at the Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West and ends at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 427 Booth Street English Little Italy Walk
Guided walk with Luciano Pradal throughout Little Italy to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. They learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks.
Registration
24/06/2017    10 to 11:30 am Tour starts at the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch, near Bronson Avenue and Somerset Street West intersection and ends at  the Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West French Chinatown Walk
Guided walk with Tam Ca Vo-Van throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. They learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.
Registration
27/06/2017      2 to 3:30 pm Tour starts at Jules Morin Park (400 Clarence Street) and ends at the Rideau Bakery, 384 Rideau Street English Lowertown East Walk
Guided walk with Marc Farine throughout Lowertown East to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants learn about how French, Eastern European and Jewish immigrants transformed this neighbourhood. They visit schools, bakeries, restaurants and religious institutions that have been influenced by successive cohorts of immigrants.
Registration
28/06/2017  1:30 to 3 pm Tour starts at the Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West and ends at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 427 Booth Street French Little Italy Walk
Guided walk with Luciano Pradal throughout Little Italy to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. They learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks.
Registration
29/06/2017    10 to 11:30 am Tour starts at the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch (near Bronson Avenue and Somerset Street West intersection) and ends at  the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West) English Chinatown Walk
Guided walk with Don Kwan throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. They learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.
Registration
29/06/20177 to 8:30 pm Tour starts at Bingham Park, 145 Cathcart Street and ends at Tucker’s Marketplace, 61 York Street French Lowertown West Walk
Guided walk with Marc Farine throughout Lowertown West to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants walk though this vibrant neighbourhood to learn about the evolving social history, architecture and commerce and how this area was the heart of early Bytown (Ottawa’s original name).
Registration
30/06/20172 to 3:30 pm Tour starts at Jules Morin Park (400 Clarence Street) and ends at the Rideau Bakery, 384 Rideau Street French Lowertown East Walk
Guided walk with Marc Farine throughout Lowertown East to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants learn about how French, Eastern European and Jewish immigrants transformed this neighbourhood. They visit schools, bakeries, restaurants and religious institutions that have been influenced by successive cohorts of immigrants. 
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