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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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’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

Equity Ottawa

Equity Ottawa is a partnership of organizations working towards equity and inclusion of immigrants and racialized people. Our partners come from the social services, health, education, child welfare, youth, justice and municipal sectors. Equity Ottawa is co-led by the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and Centretown Community Health Centre.

Equity Ottawa strengthens the capacity of local organizations to establish and achieve their goals related to equity and inclusion of immigrant and racialized communities.

Equity Ottawa’s efforts focus on:

Creating an enabling environment for organizations to strive toward greater equity and inclusion:

  • Creating greater awareness of the need for equity and inclusion;
  • Encouraging collaboration among leaders;
  • Encouraging leaders to provide sustained support and attention to collective progress toward equity and inclusion goals.

Establishing a supportive Community of Practice as a peer-learning space for equity and inclusion in Ottawa that enables practitioners and their organizations to:

  • Feel energized and supported in continuing their work;
  • Leverage field and academic knowledge in organizational change processes;
  • Articulate common challenges, sources of resistance, capacity gaps and context-specific issues;
  • Validate proven good practice in various domains of organizational change;
  • Develop common language and establish shared goals;
  • Identify and share available resources and opportunities with other like-minded practitioners and organizations;
  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of shared tools and strategies.

Developing and making supportive resources accessible to local organizations:

  • Develop locally validated practices, resources and strategies, and make them accessible to all Ottawa organizations through a web portal;
  • Enable practitioners to access the knowledge and experience of others working in similar situations;
  • Facilitate the adoption of joint strategies among local organizations to support collective learning, resolve common challenges and achieve systemic change;
  • Support progress in all domains of organizational change;Increase the collective impact of local organizations’ efforts in the broader Ottawa community.

Equity Ottawa Partners

Centretown Community Health Centre
Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
City for All Women Initiative
City of Ottawa
Lowertown Community Resource Centre
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership
Ottawa Police Service
Ottawa Public Health
Somerset West Community Health Centre
University of Ottawa
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa