The work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
The target beneficiary of the work of OLIP is the whole community. In this short period we have planted together important seeds for Ottawa’s development.  

Dick Stewart
OLIP Council
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. WOW offers a platform for us to celebrate this history and the future it will help…

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Call for Nominations: Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors

May 25, 2022

The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) invites you to nominate an individual who positively impacted your journey in making Ottawa your new home, to receive the 2022 Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador Awards.

The Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors Award, given by the Mayor of Ottawa every year, celebrates Ottawa residents who embody Ottawa’s spirit and commitment to being a welcoming city to newcomers. Your nomination will help us to recognize the outstanding citizens who go far and beyond in facilitating the integration of newcomers particularly during this pandemic.

Here is how it works:

Tell us your story, using our online nomination form. Think back to when you first arrived in Ottawa as a newcomer to Canada, whether it was 20 years or 20 days ago. Was there someone who did something supportive – big or small – that made you feel at home in Ottawa?

Maybe a colleague who explained the ins and outs of the Canadian workplace, a teacher who inspired you to succeed, a neighbour who was supportive to you, or a new friend who helped you make useful connections. Tell us how this person helped you, how they went the extra mile to support your adjustment to a new life in Ottawa.

To be eligible, the nominator must be an immigrant or a refugee, while the person being nominated (nominee) can be anybody. There is also no restriction on how long you have been in Ottawa.

Your Action: 

For more information about Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors Awards and the selection process, contact Nyamulola Kambanji at