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 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
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
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
The OLIP Council is committed to leadership.  In only a few years, we have a common vision and priorities, and are up to the task of implementing the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

Salimatou Diallo
OLIP Council Vice Chair, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
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
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
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’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

New Shared Knowledge: Interpretation & Anti-black Racism

September 16, 2017

The Cost of Not Providing Interpretation 

An OLIP study report titled The Cost of Not Providing Health Care Interpretation in the Champlain Region has been released. The report provides an overview of the negative health and health system impacts of not providing professional language interpretation for clients with limited English or French proficiency when they use health services.

The report focuses on the current deficits or budget pressures related to health care interpretation in the six Ottawa Community Health Centres (CHCs), Bruyère Family Health Team (FHT) and at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) both over time and due to the specific impact of the influx of Syrian refugees to the region since October 2015. View the report here. 

Addressing Anti-black Racism in Ottawa: Report on Community Forum

On February 23, 2017 we released a report entitled Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa in partnership with the City for All Women Initiative, This report summarizes the findings of a forum co-hosted by the two organizations in August 2016, which discussed Ottawa residents’ l experience anti-Black racism on a daily basis. The report is part of a collective effort to identify priorities and actions that advance racial equity in Ottawa. The report includes recommendations for addressing anti-Black racism cover four areas:  social services (with a focus on mental health and gender-based violence); education and employment; policing and justice; and media representation.

Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson joined the report launch event and acknowledged the critical importance of paying attention to residents experiences of racism .  Seven media outlets covered the event. More information on the report can be found on our website.