Unveiling the Strategy
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
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
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. Welcoming Ottawa Week offers a platform for Ottawa residents to celebrate both this…

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 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
Welcoming Ottawa Week is wonderful platform to demonstrate our city’s longstanding openness to immigration and commitment to supporting newcomers’ successful integration. …

Jim Watson, Mayor 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
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
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 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

Ottawa Immigration Strategy

The Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS) was developed following a period of more than 18 months of consultation and analysis. The strategy sets long-term priorities in six areas: economic integration; health and wellbeing; settlement; language; education; and community and institutional capacity development.

To devise the strategy, expert teams worked together to incorporate the diverse perspectives of individual immigrants, service providers from the settlement, social, health, and education sectors, employers, government officials, and civic groups, including immigrant and ethno-cultural minority associations. As a result, the OIS reflects a broad, local consensus on how to improve immigrants’ integration outcomes while enhancing our city’s economic and social development.  The OIS was formally launched at City Hall on June 20, 2011.

  • As a community-wide plan, the OIS is a collective vision and a roadmap for coordinated and collaborative action.
  • As a strategy, the OIS reflects our capacities and outlines new opportunities to proactively address the challenges.
  • As a future direction, the OIS builds on Ottawa’s history, traditions, unique qualities, and strengths to address current and anticipated needs.
  • As a social development tool, the OIS is a comprehensive plan for improving economic development, enhancing service delivery and coordination, investing in innovation and knowledge transfer, strengthening civic participation, and building bridges between groups, sectors, and institutions.

The OIS is dynamic and long-term. It builds in mechanisms for adjustment and course correction as awareness deepens and our community learns by doing.  These mechanisms include a flexible governance and leadership structure; a community forum to enable public input; and technical lenses to address the unique needs of subsets of the immigrant population, including Francophone immigrants, immigrant youth, immigrant women, and visible minority immigrants.