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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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


March 10, 2013

On October 1, 2012, the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership hosted the first annual Ottawa Immigration Forum. The Forum took place in Ottawa, and theme was “Valuing and Leveraging Immigrant Contributions for Greater Prosperity, Vitality, and Inclusion.”

Click here to downlod the Forum program.
Click here to view the Forum video.

The Forum engaged more than 250 participants and included representatives from municipal, provincial and federal governments, elected officials, local businesses, charities and community organizations, colleges and universities, school boards, health and resource centres and private citizens. Participants came together to:

  • Learn about recent activities under the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS);
  • Celebrate collective successes in valuing and leveraging immigrants’ contributions; and
  • Contribute ideas to a public dialogue on new ways of addressing selected challenges.

The Forum not only recognized the contributions that immigrants make to Ottawa’s prosperity and vitality, but also engaged participants in a dialogue about collaborations that are needed to fully leverage this potential.

OLIP Council Chairs Dick Stewart and Salimatou Diallo opened the Forum with a review of the Partnership’s achievements during the first year of implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

In his welcome, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson noted: “Today’s event is significant as it brings with it a community-wide recognition of the importance of immigration for our city’s sustainability, economic prosperity, and cultural and social vitality”.

Click here for opening speeches and reports from the Forum.

One of the highlights of the Forum was the launch of the Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards by Mayor Jim Watson. Immigrant entrepreneurs in five business categories were honored for their economic and social contributions to the city.

A panel of prominent leaders talked about opportunities and challenges of integrating immigrants in economic, cultural, and civic life of Ottawa. Forum keynote speaker Diana MacKay of the Conference Board of Canada spoke about the link between innovation and immigration.

Click here to read the keynote address, other presentations, and profiles of the speakers.

Participants took part in one of four thematic brainstorming sessions. Each looked at how to leverage a specific area, namely, immigrant entrepreneurship, employment, civic engagement, and cultural contributions. The discussion looked at challenges in each of these areas, with participants exchanging best practices and identifying the potential for collaboration.

Click here for the outcomes of participant discussion sessions.

The Forum’s program was complemented by a number of opportunities for reflective engagement. This included musical performances, a display of the World Languages Collection of the Ottawa Public Library, and the screening of several documentaries profiling the experiences of immigrants in Canada.

Click here for photographs and information about the Forum’s entertainment program.
Click here to learn more about the Forum’s engagement activities.

The 2012 instalment of the Ottawa Immigration Forum set the foundation for collectively celebrating, learning, and leading the process of building a more prosperous, inclusive and vital Ottawa through the inclusion and contributions of immigrants.