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
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
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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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

Please join us for the Ottawa Immigration Forum!

October 23, 2017

The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, in collaboration with the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Local Employment Planning Council, and the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance would like to invite you to the 4th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum.

Date/Time:        Monday, November 20, 2017, 8 am to 2:30 pm

Location:             Bayview Yards, The RBC Foundry, 7 Bayview Road

Theme:                Pathways to Integration:  Learning Forward

Registration:     Please register by November 13, 2017.  Sign up today as space is limited!

Upon registration, a final agenda will be sent to you. Material related to the forum will be posted on this website.

The forum will bring attention to key aspects of immigrants’ pathways to integration, including the centrality of employment to successful integration, challenges and successes in refugee resettlement and integration and the importance of collaborative planning across sectors to enable community-wide success.

Forum highlights include:

  • Welcoming remarks by Mayor Jim Watson;
  • Remarks by forum co-hosting partners:
    • Alex Munter, OLIP Council Chair
    • Chantale LeClerc, CEO, Champlain LHIN
    • Ian Faris, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce & Executive Committee Member of the Local Employment Planning Council;
  • Keynote speech by Dr. Valerie Preston, Department of Geography, York University and Principal Investigator, Building Migrant Resilience in Cities;
  • Linking policy and practice expert panel, moderated by Jennifer Ditchburn;
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Bridging Skills Demand with Immigrants’ Talent
    • Refugee Settlement and Transition to Integration
  • Exhibit showcasing OLIP partners’ programs that facilitate system navigation and connection with immigrants; and
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues across multiple sectors.

Upon registration, a final agenda will be sent to you. Material related to the forum will be posted on OLIP’s website.


If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Charest at or 613-232-9634, ext. 318.

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