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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Our partnership with OLIP is of crucial importance to the success of our clients. OLIP’s involvement brought invaluable momentum and synergy to our projects.

Ying Xie
Manager, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
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

Welcoming Ottawa Week 2013


2013 WOW Calendar of Events

We have an exciting lineup of events for you during the Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) of June 25th – 30th.


9:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Room 4004, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa, 120 University Drive

Building Sustainable Capacity for Welcoming Organizaitons

This seminar will explore the factors that enable organizations to be welcoming to immigrants and racialized communities. Rashmi Luther, Carleton University Lecturer, will present the learning developed through the Ottawa Equity Project; Syd Gravel, a former staff sergeant, will share the experience of the Ottawa Police in promoting equity and inclusion; and Caroline Andrew, Director of the Centre on Governance, will provide some reflection on how to assess our impact in organizational change process.  Small group discussions will allow the participants to engage with the ideas presented by the speakers and what they mean for their organizations.


1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Room 4004, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa, 120 University Drive

Attraction & Integration of Francophone Immigrations

This seminar, hosted by DERG (Diversity and Equity Research Group), a joint initiative of OLIPand the University of Ottawa, will bring greater understanding on the challenges and opportunities confronting us as we seek to improve our capacity to attract and integrate Francophone immigrants into the Ottawa Community.  Speakers from local service provider organizations, regional planning bodies, and immigrant civic groups will set the stage for an inter-sectoral discussion aiming to generate ideas and sustain public attention on the importance of Francophone immigration for the Ottawa community.


8:00 am – 9:00 am
Jean Pigott Hall, City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier West

Mayor of Ottawa’s Breakfast Reception & Proclamation of the Welcoming Ottawa Week

The Mayor of Ottawa, his Worship Jim Watson will host a breakfast reception with key business, civic and religious leaders to proclaim the last week of June as the Welcoming Ottawa Week.  MASC Performance will animate the Mayor’s breakfast reception and proclamation of the WOW ceremony. 

Thurs June 27

8:00 am –  12:00 pm
Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon Street, 1st Floor

2nd Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum

Hosted by the OLIP Council – in collaboration with the Reseau de Soutien de l’immigration francophone de l’Est Ontario – the 2nd Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum will broadcast Ottawa’s progress on the Ottawa Immigration Strategy, celebrate successes, and enable community reflection on areas of desired d action.  This year’s Forum will focus on the theme of “the Building Blocks of a Welcoming City” and feature a keynote speech by Gerry Clement and a panel on international students, comprised of representatives of local post-secondary institutions.

Thurs June 27

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Richmond Room, City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier West

Volunteer Recruitment Workshops for Arts Organizations

CPAMO (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement of Ontario) and local arts organizations will meet with immigrant artists who are interested to participate in their work in multiple roles.  This is part of efforts to promote the participation of immigrants artists while at the same time building the capacity of arts organizations in our community. 

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9:30 am – 4:30 pm
YMCA Newcomer Information Centre, 240 Catherine St.

Pluralism in the Arts: Networking and Shared Platforms

Hosted by the CPAMO, this town hall discussion will explore ways of building the capacity of arts organization to engage immigrant and minority artists. 

Sat June-29.fw

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Brewer Park at Bronson & Sunnyside

Movie Screening at Brewer Park

Movie screening in neighborhood parks is a fun component of the Welcoming Ottawa Week, intended to enable neighbors to spend quality time together as they watch a move featuring aspects of immigrant integration.  This year, movie night will be held in Brewer Park, under the big tent provided by the Community Cup.  Bring your blankets and folding chairs and enjoy the summer breeze with neighbors. 

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9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Brewer Park at Bronson & Sunnyside

Community Cup

Held annually by the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, the community cup is a family event in the Brewer Park, featuring friendly soccer tournament and fun events for everyone. The Community Cup also features a citizenship ceremony and the well coveted Community Cup is awarded at the end of the event to a winning team. The event is organized by volunteer teams of immigrants and the soccer teams are comprised of players that are diverse in many respects.




  1. Why have a Welcoming Ottawa Week?
  2. What shape and content will the WOW take?
  3. Who is involved in the WOW?
  4. Can other partners join in?
  5. What is planned for the 2013 WOW?
  6. How did the WOW come to be?  What steps were taken?


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