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
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 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
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
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 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
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
OLIP helps to unite and share scarce resources for greater impact by working together in the field of student education.

Walter Piovesan
Associate Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
We are very pleased to have done the “Opportunity Cost of Not Investing in Interpretation” report – it is so important to have clarity on these challenges and…

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP
The City of Ottawa will continue to play a lead role in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy, just as we did in the founding of OLIP.

Steve Desroches
City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Ottawa

Impact of the Federal Budget on Immigration

June 2, 2021
The Federal Budget titled “A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience” that was presented to the House of Commons this past spring seeks to support Canadian families and businesses during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, while positioning a strategy for a post-pandemic economic recovery. With $101 billion in new spending over three…

Barrier to Employment for Immigrants

June 2, 2021
By Bolanle Alake-Apata Canadian immigrants face a lot of barriers and challenges, not only in entering the labour market, but also in advancing their careers at the same pace as individuals born in Canada. At every level of education, immigrants…

Federal Budget 2021 and Immigrants

June 2, 2021
The 2021 Federal Budget proposed to provide over $800 million over five years for immigration.  The majority of the budget ($430 million) goes toward improving IT services to support immigration application process and $123.8 million ongoing to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  Approximately $111 million will be directed to temporary residents;…

OLIP’s Leadership Group resumes its Sessions in 2021

June 2, 2021
The OLIP Leadership Group (OLG) resumed its meetings after meetings were put on hold in 2020 to focus on coordinated responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The OLG was created in April 2018 with a mandate to share insights on policy and context in support of OLIP partners’ implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy and bring leadership over the…

Questions & Answers with Dr Etches on the COVID-19 Situation in Ottawa

May 7, 2021
The Ottawa Medical Officer of Health, Dr Vera Etches, joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table meeting on Friday, April 30, 2021 to provide updates on the COVID-19 & the status of vaccine rollout in Ottawa. Below is a summary of her presentation and the discussion that ensued. What is the current COVID Situation in Ottawa Now? People have…

Updates on COVID Equity Data Project

April 30, 2021
OLIP’s Health and Wellbeing Sector Table initiated the Strengthening Disaggregated Sociodemographic Data Related to COVID-19 project, which worked to address and mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on immigrant and racialized communities through the collection and use of disaggregated data across OLIP partners. This project funded by…

Language Interpretation as a Factor for Health Equity

April 30, 2021
By Muna Osman Immigrants and refugees are among the fastest growing population in Ottawa. The percentage of Ottawa’s population increased from 21% to 22.5% from 2011 to 2016 to a total of approximately 200,000 individuals (Statistics Canada, 2016). While most these individuals are proficient in Canada’s two official languages as well as another…

A Neighbourhood Approach for Effective Vaccine Sequencing Strategies

April 29, 2021
As phase 2 of the vaccination roll out began in April, immigrant and racialized people, ages 18+ and living in the hardest hit COVID-19 neighbourhoods will be eligible for vaccination. This is the result of the coordinated work between OLIP partners and a recommendation brought forward on March 2nd by OLIP to the Ottawa Vaccine Sequencing Task Force,…

Strengthening Partnerships to Achieve Vaccine Equity in Ottawa

April 29, 2021
Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has started in Ottawa during the month of April, expanding the eligibility for vaccination to immigrant and racialized people over 18 years of age, living in the COVID-19 hardest hit neighbourhoods. Due to the complex nature of the vaccine rollout for this second phase, that will cover a large part of Ottawa’s…

Towards the National Action Plan to Address Gender Based Violence

March 29, 2021
At the end of January this year, provincial ministers in charge of women’s affairs agreed to the development of a framework meant to set the standard for provinces and municipalities across the country to better support survivors of gender-based violence and their families, and to prevent it from happening; bringing about systemic change. The…