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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
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is so happy to have joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table. It is clear that OLIP cares about immigrants and refugees and…

Wendy Tang, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
We are very pleased to have done the “Opportunity Cost of Not Investing in Interpretation” report – it is so important to have clarity on these challenges and…

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP
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
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
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. Welcoming Ottawa Week offers a platform for Ottawa residents to celebrate both this…

Alex Munter, Chair of the OLIP Council and President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
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
Welcoming Ottawa Week is wonderful platform to demonstrate our city’s longstanding openness to immigration and commitment to supporting newcomers’ successful integration. …

Jim Watson, Mayor 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
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

History

The Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA), which was signed in 2005, generated the right conditions for the creation of Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs).  For the first time, federal and provincial governments explicitly committed to involving municipalities in immigration planning and decision-making.

The Municipal Immigration Committee (MIC) is co-chaired by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI), and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). It was established under COIA to explore municipal interests in immigration. Read more

Consultations were held with 700 stakeholders in 10 Ontario communities. This research supported the development of Local Immigration Partnerships to address community needs. Read more

As municipalities gained a voice, consensus emerged on the key priorities, namely, the attraction, retention, settlement, and integration of immigrants. Read more

In 2010, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration recognized the Local Immigration Partnerships as a best practice. It recommended that CIC continue to support LIPs in Ontario and to expand the model to other regions. Read more

There is growing recognition that immigrant integration is a community issue not simply an immigrant issue. Thus, we all have a role to play in being more welcoming and inclusive.