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 work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Community Dialogue on Equity in Ottawa

January 10, 2018

On September 21, 2017, OLIP and the Equity Ottawa partners hosted a Community Dialogue on Equity. The Dialogue brought together 75 organization and community representatives to discuss persistent inequities that immigrants, racialized and Indigenous people face in accessing health, education, employment, social and other services. Participants shared their experiences with addressing institutional and systemic barriers to equity, and considered how to bring about change through collective action.

Participants identified the need for a multi-faceted approach to equity in Ottawa that includes:

  1. Acknowledging and addressing systemic inequities, through open dialogues about institutional and systemic racism, bias and discrimination;
  2. Improving equity in organizations, through:
    • Collecting and using quantitative and qualitative data disaggregated by immigrant and racialized status, to identify gaps, monitor progress and improve accountability;
    • Sharing and implementing measures to enhance equity in human resources, governance, service delivery, community engagement and organizational cultures; and
    • Cross-sector learning, information-sharing, action and peer support; and
  3. Drawing on and cultivating equity leadership at all levels in our community.

OLIP thanks participants for sharing their time, energy and ideas, and for committing to work together to advance equity. Special thanks to the following for their inspiring contributions:

  • Patricia Harewood, Dialogue MC and facilitator;
  • Traditional Knowledge Keeper Monique Manatch, Michele Penney and Rachelle Metatawabin;
  • Mayor’s Office representative DG Stringer;
  • Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute; and
  • Panelists Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Debbie Hoffman and Jacqueline Lawrence.

Thanks also to the Dialogue planning committee and Equity partners, with particular mention of the Ottawa Police Service, for making the event possible; to the YMCA-YWCA/RBC Community Room for the venue; and to Krackers Katering for the food service. Thanks also to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of our equity work.

The Dialogue event was an important milestone to our on-going collaborative planning to build capacity for institutional planning for equity.

We welcome other interested organizations and community members to join the effort. Please contact Denise Deby at for further information.