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
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 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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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

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…

The Fight for Paid Sick Days at City Hall

March 25, 2021
By Councilor Shawn Menard In fall 2020 I brought a motion to City Council that called on Mayor Watson to write a letter to the Ford government requesting that they establish seamless job-protected sick leave that would allow workers to access up to 10 days paid leave related to COVID-19. Paid sick leave in Ontario just made sense: our municipality and…

The Face of Inequity in Employment and Entrepreneurship

March 25, 2021
By Andrea Pierce COVID 19 has severely impacted the lives of immigrants and racialized Canadians not just in health but in employment and entrepreneurship pushing more people in poverty. COVID-19 job losses were greatest in areas where women were the majority of the work force and the virus significantly increased the burden of unpaid care on women.…

City to Explore Social Procurement in COVID-19 Recovery Effort

March 25, 2021
By Councillor King Rawlson As part of the City of Ottawa’s COVID-19 economic recovery efforts, the City Council voted in favour of a motion asking the City’s Chief Procurement Officer to identify opportunities to include and encourage the City’s use of social procurement projects and social enterprises in City procurement. The motion,…

Achieving an Equitable and Thriving Community

March 24, 2021
By Suzanne Obiorah The City recognizes that immigrants and racialized people face multiple and complex barriers to accessing services and influencing governance. These barriers are rooted in inherent colonialism and systemic racism and result in limited access to appropriate civic, cultural, educational, employment, health, and housing.  In addition,…