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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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

OLIP Partners Refreshed the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS)

December 22, 2016

The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) was created in 2009 by the City of Ottawa and LASI (Local Agencies Serving Immigrants). After extensive consultations involving numerous Ottawa-based institutions and stakeholders, the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS) was released in June 2011. At the same time, machinery was introduced for thinking, for devising plans and activities, and for exercising stewardship over the OIS.

By any measure, the Ottawa Immigration Strategy has been a major success: innovative projects are underway; local stakeholders are engaged and contributing; immigrants and refugees are benefitting; and a spirit of collaboration, learning, and excitement pervades the enterprise. Given this success, OLIP’s Council and Executive Committee did not see the need to initiate a wholesale review of the project. Instead, the governing bodies opted for a more limited recalibration of the project so it is better able to respond to environmental changes, expanded stakeholder capacities, and knowledge gleaned from five years of activity.

The reasons for tweaking the Ottawa immigration strategy are set out below:

1.Since 2011, there have been significant shifts in Ottawa’s economy, in federal and provincial fiscal capacities, in newcomer admission and settlement policies, and in the institutions implicated in recruiting and welcoming newcomers. These shifts have altered the opportunities and challenges confronting the Ottawa partnership, making it necessary to adjust the project’s focus and activities.

2.Since the introduction of the original OIS, a significant number of promising practices have emerged along with information about their potential for up-scaling and transfer to other, related areas of practice. Many of these innovations are local in origin, but interesting practices have also been developed by other LIPs across the country. The OIS refreshment will allow OLIP to take advantage of these ‘experiments’ in designing – or re-designing – Ottawa-based initiatives.

3.Five years of strategizing, planning, and implementing shared endeavors have enhanced the ability of OLIP institutions to think and work together. Participants have acquired new sources of information; they have learned about the capabilities and networks of their partners … and how to access these assets; and they have learned to trust each other. In short, OLIP has generated social capital. The OIS refreshment affords the partnership an opportunity to reappraise how best to utilize its new collaborative capacities.

4.The formation of OLIP partnerships – both within and across sectors – coupled with the introduction of innovative approaches to delivering services and conveying information have revealed potential synergies in several areas of practice. Refreshing the OIS allows OLIP to focus on these synergies and to marshal support for acting on the opportunities they represent.

The emerging refreshed priorities are already guiding OLIP partners work since the Fall of 2016.

A full report on the refreshed Ottawa Immigration Strategy will be released to partners and stakeholders at the Ottawa Immigration Forum: Monday, June 26, 2017.