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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
The First Ottawa Immigration Forum was an outstanding event showcasing our immigrant communities’ contributions throughout the day.

Steve Kanellakos
Deputy City Manager, City 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
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
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
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 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
OLIP has been a catalyst in driving change in the Ottawa community. OLIP gave us a game plan, a strategy and focus to address the critical issues of immigrant health and wellbeing.

Jack McCarthy
Executive Director, Somerset West Health & Resource 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
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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