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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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Our 2014 WOW workshop contributed significantly to building momentum on the issue of equity by connecting professionals who wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Yumi Kotani
Manager, Ottawa Equity Project
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

Vision and Values

OLIP’s Vision

OLIP partners envision a more prosperous, vibrant, and inclusive national capital, strengthened through the contributions of immigrants.

  • A more prosperous city as a result of immigrants increased participation in Ottawa’s labour market and economy.
  • A more vibrant capital achieved by engaging immigrants’ diverse cultural, intellectual, and civic perspectives.
  • An inclusive national capital that upholds and practices the values of public service, multiculturalism, and bilingualism.

OLIP’s vision is woven throughout the community-wide priorities identified in the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

OLIP Partners’ Shared Beliefs

Partners’ commitment to OLIP’s vision is based on the common understanding that:

  • Successful attraction, settlement, and integration of immigrants is essential for Ottawa’s future prosperity and vitality, and yet the integration of immigrants is currently fraught with multiple and complex challenges, which must be systematically untangled and resolved.
  • The challenges that confront immigrants and organizations involved in their integration cut across jurisdictions and organizational mandates. Success demands collaborative leadership and concerted action that focuses on the issues and desired outcomes, not on organizational boundaries.
  • Trust among partners is a critical and scarce commodity that must be carefully nurtured.
  • OLIP partner institutions and community stakeholders, including immigrant civic groups, are diverse and each brings unique strengths that make their contributions to the OLIP vision invaluable.
  • Strong bridging connections between immigrants, public institutions, and host communities that welcome newcomers are essential for improving access and inclusive participation.
  • Ottawa has considerable strengths on which to build.  From this foundation, we can transform our city into a model national capital and a welcoming community where immigrants succeed, and diversity thrives.

Ethical Guidelines for Working Together

In working towards the OLIP vision, partners agree to abide by the following ethical guidelines:

  • Community-driven: basing all decisions on the needs of the community
  • Collaborative: building trust, articulating common goals, and facilitating intersectoral knowledge transfer and development
  • Purposeful: always keeping the OLIP vision, mission, and objectives at the forefront
  • Inclusive: ensuring all voices are heard and working with not for the community
  • Flexible and responsive: learning through action, taking advantage of lessons, and being adaptable
  • Respectful: listening and providing opportunities for engagement
  • Transparent: communicating openly with each other and with the community
  • Mindful of best practices: being inquisitive about what works best while paying attention to Ottawa’s local context and immigrants’ diverse needs.