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 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 Chair
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
Welcoming Ottawa Week is wonderful platform to demonstrate our city’s longstanding openness to immigration and commitment to supporting newcomers’ successful integration. …

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
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 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
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. Welcoming Ottawa Week offers a platform for Ottawa residents to celebrate both this…

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
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
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

Sector Table: Language Training and Supports

OLIP partners at the Language Training and Supports Sector Table address challenges related to training in both official languages and develop timely and specialized interpretation services to support access to critical human services. The work of this Sector Table is responsive to Ottawa’s status as a bilingual city where training in both official languages is essential. Coordination and a referral system among current service providers are key aspects of improved local language services delivery. At the same time, harmonizing federal and provincial language programming for greater complementarity is a key premise of success.

Priorities and Collaborative Initiatives

Priority #1: Improve the planning and deployment of language training courses to better match the needs of Ottawa immigrants. In addition, harmonize federal and provincial language training programs so they are complementary and mutually supportive

Collaborative initiatives in this priority area include:

Centralized Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) project
The Centralized Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) pilot initiative aims to streamline federally and provincially funded language programs for newcomers. The initiative’s focus is twofold. On the one hand, CLARS aims to standardize English and French language assessment processes, while on the other it works to improve training referrals so they are based on client needs rather than on which level of government has funded the course. The initiative is expected to create more options for clients and flexibility in location and thus improve access to language training. Furthermore, CLARS will establish common assessment benchmarks and offers the potential to improve communication with employers regarding the level of language proficiency necessary for different types of jobs. The YMCA/YWCA of the National Capital Region is the lead partner on CLARS. For more information, please contact Tanya Mendes-Gagnon, Senior Director of Community Services, YMCA/YWCA of the National Capital Region:

OLIP Partners at the Language Training and Supports Sector Table


Organizational Affiliation

Mercy Lawluvi Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Organization,  Co-chair, OLIP Language Sector Table
 Marianne Kayed Manager, Continuing Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Co-chair, OLIP Language Sector Table
Sophie Daviau-Dempsey Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Anne Senior Specialist in Language Tool Development, Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
Mourad Mardikian Manager, Language Training Unit, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Dorra Gdoura Manager, Programs and Delivery, La Cité Collegiale
Mita Basu Executive Director, English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC)
Giselle Leduc Workplace Language Training, LASI World Skills/Compétences Mondiales
Shirley Graham Manager of ESL/LINC, Continuing Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Francine Spielmann Manager of French Language Programs, École des adultes Le Carrefour, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CÉPEO)
Laurie Fraser Manager, Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC), Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)
Dany Dumont Director, Éducation Permanente, Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Mercy Lawluvi Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Ontario
Benjamin Chacon Executive Director, Cultural Interpretation Services for our Community (CISOC)
Edwige Affaa Agente de projet, Le Réseau de Soutien à l’immigration Francophone, Eastern Ontario region