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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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

Walk-in Counselling Clinic: Making Mental Health Services More Accessible

April 30, 2021
The Ottawa walk-in counselling clinic’s mission is to help Ottawa residents with issues that are oppressing them by bringing them immediate access to mental health counselling services. The program is operated by different community partners operating in eight locations in Ottawa and three locations in the surrounding area (Cornwall, Deep River and…

Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition: Supporting ACB Population’s Mental Health

April 30, 2021
By Papa Ladjiké Diouf The African Caribbean Black (ACB) population in Ottawa and across the country had suffered and continues to suffer from psychological, emotional and social injuries resulting directly from policies of inequality, racism, segregation and oppression, as was documented by the United Nations Expert Working Group on People of African…

OPH Initiatives on Mental Health

April 30, 2021
By Manar El Malmi Since the beginning of the COVID-19 response, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has continued to work with school boards, hospitals, mental health and substance use partners, community partners, multicultural and racialized community partners and the general community in the area of mental health promotion, suicide prevention and reducing…

OLIP Launches Next Phase of the Equity Ottawa Initiative

March 25, 2021
On Monday, March 22nd, OLIP launched a new Phase of the Equity Ottawa initiative, at a gathering of more than 30 OLIP partners and on the occasion of the International Day of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. “While the International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination has its roots in apartheid South…

The City’s Largest Mural, entitled Transformation, Unveiled in Lowertown

November 13, 2018
Transformation – The Welcoming Ottawa Mural As you drive or walk along the far eastern part of Rideau Street or cross the Cummings Bridge between Lowertown and Vanier, it is hard not to notice the magnificent mural that adorns the south wall of an Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) building at 215 Wurtemburg Street. Transformation:  The Welcoming…

Welcoming Ottawa Mural Begins to Take Shape – By the Community for the Community

September 10, 2018
During the summer of 2018, a group of dedicated artists and community members gathered in Lowertown to begin painting a beautiful Welcoming Ottawa Mural. With each brush stroke the participants formed bonds, nurtured inspiration and began creating the palette of a transformative mural in our city. The goal of this mural is to celebrate Ottawa’s diversity,…

Everyone should find an “Ama”

June 14, 2018
“When you start your university experience as a first-year international student, it may seem like you carry the burden of the world on your shoulders,” says Noura Doumbia a 20 year-old economics student from the Ivory Coast. “There is a crucial moment where you would like to be supported by relatives, but you are far away from home. During my…