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.
|OLIP Secretariat||Facilitation and support||
|OLIP Council||Leadership and strategic stewardship||
|OLIP Executive Committee||Operational management and inter-sectoral coordination||
|Five OLIP Sector Tables||Coordinated and collaborative action||
|Ottawa Immigration Forum||Learning, progress report, and leadership engagement||
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.