Our 2014 WOW workshop contributed significantly to building momentum on the issue of equity by connecting professionals who wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Yumi Kotani
Manager, Ottawa Equity Project
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
My dream is to have every newcomer integrated fully into their community – with full employment in a meaningful job that builds on their skills and experience!

Corinne Prince-St-Amand
Director General, Integration, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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
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
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
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
Thank you OLIP.  IWSO exhibition during the 2014 WOW created the opportunity for newcomer women to tell their stories and showcase their artistic talents.

Lucya Spencer
Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Organization
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
Immigrants are the lifeblood of Ottawa. It is so important to recognize and celebrate their contributions to our cultural and economic vibrancy.

Jessica Brichta
The Conference Board of Canada

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