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
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 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 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
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
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
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’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
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
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

Forum Overview

December 30, 2021
The 6th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum was held on November 22 and 23, 2021 under the theme “Equity Matters in Ottawa: Policy, Practice and Potential” and over 380 OLIP partners and stakeholders participated. During the two half-day online forum, more than 20 speakers from across Canada reflected on the vulnerabilities experienced by immigrants…

Remarks by City Officials

December 30, 2021
The City of Ottawa is a key partner of OLIP, and it was a great pleasure for us to have city representatives address participants of the 6th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum.   (more…)

Keynote Speeches

December 30, 2021
The Forum featured three keynote speeches with MP for Ottawa Centre and Former Chair of OLIP Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr Vera Etches; and IRCC’s Deputy Minister Catrina Tapley. (more…)

Panel Sessions

December 30, 2021
The forum included three moderated panel sessions on the following topics: (more…)


December 30, 2021
The 6th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum featured artful moments animated by Former Ottawa Poet Laureate Jamaal Jackson Rogers, and OrkidStra, a musical group made of kids from under-served Ottawa communities. (more…)

Participants and Their Feedback

December 30, 2021
385 individuals joined the Virtual 6th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum over two half days on November 22 and 23, 2021. Soon after the Forum, we sent a forum evaluation survey to attendees to ask for their feedback on how well we did and solicit suggestions for improvements.  We received 41 responses (11% response rate).  Respondents indicated high…