Unveiling the Strategy
Our 2014 WOW workshop contributed significantly to building momentum on the issue of equity by connecting professionals who wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Yumi Kotani
Manager, Ottawa Equity Project
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
Great to be part of 2014 WOW.  The Algonquin College indeed welcomed the World yesterday, with 150 immigrants attending from Iraq, Iran, Russia, China, Brazil and more!

Algonquin College
WOW 2014 Planning Committee
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
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
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 Chair
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 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

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.