Vision and Values
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.