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My dream is to have every newcomer integrated fully into their community – with full employment in a meaningful job that builds on their skills and experience!

Corinne Prince-St-Amand
Director General, Integration, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Immigrants are the lifeblood of Ottawa. It is so important to recognize and celebrate their contributions to our cultural and economic vibrancy.

Jessica Brichta
The Conference Board of Canada
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
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
Thank you OLIP.  IWSO exhibition during the 2014 WOW created the opportunity for newcomer women to tell their stories and showcase their artistic talents.

Lucya Spencer
Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Organization
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
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
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
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

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).

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