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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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

Sector Table: Language

OLIP partners at the Language 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.

Priority #1:  To further improve the planning, deployment and quality of federal and provincial language courses so they are complementary and better matched to the needs of Francophone and Anglophone immigrants.

Priority #2:  To improve newcomer access to specialized language training that supports broader community and learner needs.

Priority #3:  To improve, raise awareness of and extend access to interpretation services for a broad range of legal, justice, health and social related services.

Priority #4:  To promote special language programming for populations at risk of exclusion and ensure language instructors are sensitive to the complex challenges faced by this category of learners.

Priority #5:  To strengthen the capacity of Ottawa language training providers to advocate for improvements in language training, including additional training options, such as on-the-job language training.

OLIP Partners at the Language Sector Table

Name 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)
Catherine Rousseau Administratrice des programmes de langues, École des adultes Le Carrefour, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
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
Marie-Eve Coghlan Senior Director, Employment and Immigrant Services, YMCA-YWCA National Capital Region
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
Aïda El-Khoury Chargée de projets RAED, Réfugié aujourd’hui, entrepreneur demain, La Cité des affaires
Eid Bernard Program Assistant, Settlement Network, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Richard Lecours Director, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada