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
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
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
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
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 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
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

Milestones in OLIP’s Journey

Chronology of a Short History of Partnership Development

2009 OLIP is established.
2010   (i) OLIP Council is formed and brings together over 30 key local organisations from multiple sectors
(ii) Series of consultations and research projects identify challenges and gaps in the settlement and integration of immigrants
(iii) Planning workshops convene key stakeholders in multiple sectors to set long-term direction for building Ottawa’s capacity to attract settle & integrate immigrants.
2011 (i) Ottawa Immigration Strategy is launched.
(ii) A supportive, multi-sectoral governance model is established
(iii) 3-year implementation plans & principles are endorsed by Council
(iv) Multiple sectors in Ottawa start implementing the OIS
2012 (i) 1st Ottawa Immigration Forum is introduced and creates a new tradition for connecting across sectors, reflecting on challenges, and broadcasting  community-wide progress
(ii) OIS in Action: Ottawa’s first collective progress report is launched
(iii) Governance review is conducted by the Executive Committee & revisions are proposed
(iv) An on-line presence is established & allows for information sharing across the now vast network of OLIP
(v) The Ottawa Equity Project is established and brings together the practitioners of Equity and Inclusion of 12 key local organizations
2013 (i) Revised governance model is introduced and endorsed by OLIP Council.  The new approach enhances bottom-up mechanism for planning across sectors. Three features mark the new governance model: a) greater synergy between tables; b) expansion of OLIP cycle to two years; and c) enhanced role of OLIP partners
(ii) First ever Municipal Immigration Strategy is established & sets concrete goals endorsed by City Council and aligned with the OIS
(iii) Second collective progress report is launched
(iv) Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, proclaims the first ever Welcoming Ottawa Week
2014 (i) Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors Awards are introduced to recognize Ottawans who are supportive to immigrants and to promote welcoming attitudes
(ii) A joint planning session brings together the Chairs of OLIP Sector Tables and the members of the OLIP Executive Committee; and produces the present Community-wide Focus for Current 2-year Cycle.