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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
We were pleased to be part of 2014WOW and discuss how we could make sports more inclusive for Ottawa’s immigrant population.  We received wonderful ideas.    

Kelly Robertson
Manager, City-wide Recreation Programs, City 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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

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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