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
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
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. WOW offers a platform for us to celebrate this history and the future it will help…

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
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
I was happy to see integration to Algonquin territory and indigenous culture related programming in 2014 WOW. Please continue to involve local Aboriginal organisations and…

Linda Manning
WOW 2014 participant, Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is so happy to have joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table. It is clear that OLIP cares about immigrants and refugees and…

Wendy Tang, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
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
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 work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
I’m really impressed with the level of energy and commitment around the Health and Wellbeing table and look forward to continuing collaboration between OLIP and OPH.

Marcela Tapia
Ottawa Public Health

Le Point d’accueil francophone (le PAF)

August 6, 2021

By Julienne Kotto

The Point d’accueil francophone (PAF) is a one-stop shop for referral and orientation whose main goal is to facilitate French-speaking immigrant settlement, by gathering all the services offered by 10 Francophone service-providers working in pre-arrival services, settlement, employability, education, training, entrepreneurship and social medias.

Why the PAF?

Ten Francophone partners wanted to offer to future and current Francophone newcomers a one-stop shop to facilitate access to French services in the national Capital. These partners of the Ottawa region work in immigrant support services, settlement, employability, education, communications, entrepreneurship and professional training. They got together to establish the PAF: Point d’accueil francophone.

 Our mission

The PAF is a one-stop shop located in Ottawa to orientate and inform French-speaking immigrants as well as to quickly support them with referrals to French services so that they can make enlightened choices for their successful integration into the Francophone community of Ottawa region and surroundings.

 Our vision

Allow French-speaking immigrants to have a fully successful integration and to integrate into the Francophone community of Ottawa region and surroundings.

Our partners

Actions Interculturelles (AIDE).

Conseil économique et social d’Ottawa Carleton (CÉSOC).

Centre des services communautaires Vanier (CSC Vanier).

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO).

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).

Centre moi j’apprends.

Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario (CCO).

La Cité collégiale.

M9 média.

Société économique de l’Ontario (SEO).

To know more about the PAF, you can visit their Website.


Julienne Kotto is the Coordinator of the PAF.