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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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

Virtual Immigrant Heritage Tours

October 5, 2020

Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) is pleased to offer virtual guided neighbourhood tours designed to showcase the contributions of immigrants to the social, cultural and economic development of Ottawa neighbourhoods. Organized during the National Francophone Immigration Week (November 1-7, 2020), these tours will showcase Ottawa’s iconic neighborhoods such as Lowertown West (Byward Market), Lowertown East and Vanier.

Participants will have the opportunity to discover the treasure trove of history, food, art, architecture, places of worship and the myriad of business that have flourished thanks to the hard work and creativity of successive cohorts of immigrants and their descendants.

Download and share the Virtual Immigrant Heritage Tours flyer.

Register today for these informative and fun tours!

Date and time Description Registration Link
November 4, 2020

6:00–7:30 PM

Virtual Tour of Lowertown West (+Byward Market)

Take a virtual guided tour with David Jeanes throughout Ottawa’s Lowertown West and Byward Market to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will walk through this vibrant neighbourhood to learn about the evolving social history, architecture and commerce and how this area was the heart of early Bytown (Ottawa’s original name).

About the Byward Market

Established in 1826, the Byward Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. It is home to a local farmer’s market and artisans with many stands, as well as over 600 businesses. French-Canadian and Jewish merchants and vendors were two of the dominant ethnic cultures for many decades. Hotels, taverns and boarding houses also became common on the streets around the market. Today, many immigrant-owned restaurants and stores can be found in the area.

About the Guide

David Jeanes is a former President of Ottawa Heritage. He has led numerous heritage tours of downtown and lowertown and the Rideau Canal since 2001.

November 5, 2020

6:00–7:30 PM

Virtual Tour of Lowertown East

Take a virtual guided tour with Diego Elizondo throughout Lowertown East to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants learn about how French, Eastern European and Jewish immigrants transformed this neighbourhood. They visit schools, bakeries, restaurants and religious institutions that have been influenced by successive cohorts of immigrants.

 About Lowertown East

Irish and French Canadian families inhabited Lowertown from the early days of Bytown (1826-), and by the late 1800s they were joined by Jewish residents. It is a multicultural community; a sizeable number of immigrants, many Eastern Europeans, came over many decades. Today there are over 40 languages represented in the extremely diverse student population at York Street Public School.

About the Guide

Diego Elizondo is a founding member of the Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans. He is an independent researcher in Franco-Ontarian history and heritage. He has been offering guided tours of Orléans since 2011.

November 6,  2020

6:00–7:30 PM

Virtual Tour of Vanier

 Take a guided virtual tour with Jean Yves Pelletier throughout Vanier to see the rich and interesting heritage of this historically francophone neighbourhood. Participants will be guided through a series of fascinating murals that depict the neighbourhood’s diverse history, along with churches, a historic cemetery and much more.

About Vanier

The Vanier area settlement began in the 19th century and grew in 1908, from the small communities of Janeville, Clarkstown and Clandeboye, to become Eastview. It was in 1969 that the area took the name Vanier. The francophone population was dominant for many decades of the 20th century, but today there are now many sizeable newcomer populations. Beginning in the 1980s and 1990s, the area began attracting Inuit, African, Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern communities.

About the Guide

Jean Yves Pelletier is a co-founder of the Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien and a founding member of Connexion Patrimoine de la Capitale. He is a heritage consultant. He has been offering guided tours of Notre-Dame d’Ottawa Cemetery since 2003.


Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) and its partner the Catholic Centre for Immigrants gratefully acknowledge the financial support of ACFO Ottawa and its “Bilingual Ottawa” program.