Welcoming Ottawa Week
The Welcoming Ottawa Week is an annual, week-long series of dialogues, cultural and celebratory events, sports activities, documentary screenings, and other fun events designed to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawans to newcomers, while providing opportunities for quality interactions between residents, old and new.
Recurring annually on the last Week of June, the Welcoming Ottawa Week was initiated by OLIP and proclaimed by the Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson on June 26th, 2013 in order to respond to two broad priorities of Ottawa’s Immigration Strategy (OIS), launched in June 2011. The first priority is to create multiple opportunities and pathways for all Ottawa citizens to connect intellectually and socially in order to achieve a cohesive civic culture that draws on the creativity of all residents to develop a diverse, vibrant, and cosmopolitan city (2nd Priority under ‘Integration Capacity Development” – OIS, page 55). The second priority is to draw attention to Ottawa’s flourishing diversity and to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage to attract new residents and capital from around the world (1st Priority under “Settlement” – OIS, page 37).