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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Sector Table: Socio-civic Integration

The Socio-civic Integration Sector Table’s current initiatives stem from the combined priorities of settlement and integration capacity development strategies outlined in the Ottawa Immigration Strategy. Specific initiatives focus on organizational learning to build service providers’ capacity to serve immigrants and foster immigrant –friendly policies and practices, empowering immigrants for civic and political engagement, specifically youth, and capitalizing on media’s role to promote welcoming communities, inclusion and integration of minorities.Underlying to this work is knowledge generation, leadership and information infrastructure development, and public education to promote two-way integration and connectivity between newcomers and the host Canadian population.

Priority #1:  To create bridging opportunities and multiple pathways for new immigrants and established residents to connect socially, culturally, and intellectually.

Priority #2:  To expand the capacity and appetite within mainstream organizations for equity and inclusion of immigrants.

Priority #3:  To strengthen the ability of immigrants and racialized communities to participate in civil society and institutions (voting, strengthened and common voice on concerns).

Priority #4:  To promote and strengthen partnerships between settlement service provider organizations (SPOs) and institutions in all sectors addressed by OLIP.

Priority #5:  To expand the capacities of settlement counsellors to provide information, referral, and orientation to newcomers on multiple domains.

OLIP Partners at the Socio-civic Integration Sector Table


Organizational Affiliation

Caroline Andrew Professor, School of Political Studies; Director, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa, Settlement & ICD Sector Table Co-Chair
St. Phard Desir Executive Director, Conseil Économique et Social d’Ottawa Carleton, Settlement & ICD Sector Table Co-Chair
Elwira Felczak Manager, Settlement & Integration Program, Ottawa Community Immigrants Services Organization
Naini Cloutier Executive Director, Somerset West Community Health Centre
Aloys Sirabahenda Settlement Project Coordinator, Conseil Économique et Social d’Ottawa Carleton
Syrinne Benmouffok Coordonnatrice à l’accueil,  Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)
Natali Zuniga Cultural Development and Initiatives Unit,  City of Ottawa
Suzanne Doerge Director, City for All Women Initiative (CAWI)
Debbie Hoffman Service Director, Ottawa Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
Jane Fjeld Associate Director, Youth Services Bureau
Simone Thibault Executive Director, Centertown Community Health Centre
Ken Mackenzie Program Manager, Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Gloucester
Dawn Lyons Interim Director of Health Services, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre
Asso Faraj Counsellor,Making Ottawa Safe Together (MOST), Resettlement Assistant Program Counsellor, Catholic Centre for Immigrants
Brian Gilligan Executive Director of Community Development, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation
Medin Admasu Program Manager, Regional, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Cindy Hanks Program Advisor, Modernization and Coordination, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Mohamed Dalmar Private Citizen, Retired Manager, Settlement Department, Catholic Centre for Immigrants
Brigitte Duguay Langlais Coordonnatrice, Le Réseau de soutien à l’immigration Francophone de l’est de l’Ontario
Maria Teresa Garcia Manager, Settlement Department, Catholic Centre for Immigrants
Francine Vachon Manager, Community Development, Ottawa Community Housing