Unveiling the Strategy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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

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.