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
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 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
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
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
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
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


OLIP’s governance structure supports community-wide leadership and action in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS) while providing a transparent mechanism for continued planning, learning, and adjustment. The premise of OLIP’s governance structure is that the goals set out in the OIS can only be achieved through collaboration; no single institution can succeed in isolation. Responsibility for the implementation of the OIS is shared by OLIP partners and community stakeholders from multiple sectors of our community, including governments, employers, educational institutions, social, health and settlement service providers, civic groups, and private citizens.

OLIP’s governance structure leverages the experience, leadership, and strength of each sector and facilitates collaboration among them. The governance structure is a reflection of agreed-upon principles, roles, responsibilities, and relationships, as well as protocols and processes that enable OLIP partners and stakeholders to work together toward the goals identified in the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

The Structures of Supportive Governance and Leadership

OLIP’s five Sector Tables, Council, and Executive Committee are actively engaged in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy. They are bound together through mutual relationships and accountability, with the OLIP Secretariat providing guidance and support. The Ottawa Immigration Forum provides a forum for reflection and communicating collective progress, as well as promoting leadership engagement. The following chart outlines the functions, roles, and responsibilities fulfilled by each component of the OLIP governance structure.

Structure Function Role
OLIP Secretariat Facilitation and support
  • Execute the work of the partners and provide support and guidance on the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy
  • Plan and support the work of OLIP Sector Tables
  • Facilitate partners’ strategic alignment with the Ottawa Immigration Strategy
  • Plan and execute the Ottawa Immigration Forum
  • Plan and execute the OLIP Open House for Immigrants
OLIP Council Leadership and strategic stewardship
  • Serve as ambassadors for the Ottawa Immigration Strategy and its community-wide implementation
  • Promote awareness to help create a cohesive voice about immigration in Ottawa
  • Provide leadership for a progressive transformation of public and community services to achieve a seamless framework for immigrant integration
  • Receive reports on progress related to the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy and address issues as needed
  • Convene and host the Ottawa Immigration Forum
  • Provide formal approval of shared directions, frameworks, and internal policies
OLIP Executive Committee Operational management and inter-sectoral coordination
  • Monitor the implementation of OLIP’s governance and leadership structures and resolve any issues that arise
  • Ensure the effective coordination of sector work and identify opportunities for enhanced collaboration and synergies
  • Oversee OLIP’s operational management by providing guidance and direction to the OLIP Director
Five OLIP Sector Tables Coordinated and collaborative action
  • Engage organizations, coalitions, and institutions to help execute the Ottawa Immigration Strategy
  • Develop and track projects and seek funding to execute implementation plans
  • Track the implementation of sector strategies and address any challenges that arise
Ottawa Immigration Forum Learning, progress report, and leadership engagement
  • Share progress that has been made toward the goals of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy
  • Engage experts from outside of Ottawa to learn from experiences in other cities
  • Engage the public and raise awareness

Governance and Leadership Principles

In addition to structures, functions, roles, and responsibilities, OLIP understands governance as an ongoing cycle of collaboration and leadership, which is embedded in processes of open dialogue, strategic priority setting, collective action, reflection, learning, and adjustment when needed.  The following governance principles guide OLIP’s work:

  • Inclusivity: encouraging the participation of all stakeholders, including immigrants.
  • Engagement of community leaders: promoting the commitment of leaders of all sectors
  • Collective learning: supporting the development and deepening of shared knowledge across sectors
  • Accountability: responsibility to each other and to the community
  • Transparency: openly sharing all information related to OLIP  
  • Community building: ensuring continuity and the growth of promising practices
  • Dialogue and consensus: addressing challenging issues through open, respectful discussion and decision-making
  • Creativity and innovation: promoting new approaches and synergies across all sectors
  • Decisiveness and effectiveness: advancing work without undue delays
  • Nimbleness: flexibility to ensure opportunities can be seized when they arise
  • Sustainability: supporting the efficient use of resources and leveraging public and private resources to build on what works.