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
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
Great to be part of 2014 WOW.  The Algonquin College indeed welcomed the World yesterday, with 150 immigrants attending from Iraq, Iran, Russia, China, Brazil and more!

Algonquin College
WOW 2014 Planning Committee
We were pleased to be part of 2014WOW and discuss how we could make sports more inclusive for Ottawa’s immigrant population.  We received wonderful ideas.    

Kelly Robertson
Manager, City-wide Recreation Programs, City of Ottawa
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

Lucya Spencer Retired Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Organization (IWSO), Co-chair, OLIP Language Sector Table
Guy Routhier Senior Advisor, Policy and Program, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Official Languages Unit
Mourad Mardikian Manager, Language Training Unit, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Marianne Kayed Manager, Continuing and Community Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Anne Senior Specialist in Language Tool Development, Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
Emilie Coyle Senior Director, Language Assessment and Referral Centre, National Capital Region YMCA/YWCA
Dorra Gdoura Manager, Programs and Delivery, La Cité Collegiale
Carole LaPointe Coordinator, Second Language Program Éducation permanente- CECEE
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