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 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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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

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 years, this budget presents great opportunities to improve the current immigration system, increase protections for seasonal workers and spark the creation of jobs and growth for immigrants.

Net immigration contributed to half of Canada’s average GDP growth from 2016 to 2019 and nearly three-quarters of its growth in 2019. Therefore, to facilitate the welcoming of newcomers, $428.9 million will be destined over the next 5 years to modernize the immigration platform for improved digital application processing and support for applicants. Furthermore, $49.5 million will be channelled to Employment and Social Development Canada, to aid community-based organizations in the provision of migrant worker-centric programs and services, such as on-arrival orientation services and assistance in emergency and at-risk situations, through the new Migrant Worker Support Program.

More funding will also be available to increase inspections of employers and ensure temporary foreign workers have appropriate working conditions and wages while supporting faster processing and improved service delivery of open work permits for vulnerable workers; in an effort to help migrant workers in situations of abuse find new jobs.

Taking into account the limitations of international travelling brought by the pandemic, time-limited pathways to permanent residence were introduced for 90,000 foreign nationals already in Canada; including recent international graduates and workers in health care and other essential occupations in critical sectors.

The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that the good health and wellbeing of our communities do not depend solely on the provision of quality healthcare services and supports. The fact that COVID-19 affected disproportionally our lower income, most diverse neighbourhoods reminded us that social and economic determinants of health such as education, affordable housing, food security, safe and well remunerated employment, safe neighbourhoods with green spaces are all intricate components of our physical and mental health.

Therefore, it is important that the budget has not only allocated $100 million over 3 years, to support projects for innovative mental health interventions for populations disproportionately impacted by COVID 19; but also to address the social determinants of health by strengthening programs to better serve equity-seeking groups, including support for newcomers and refugees who experience gender-based violence, funding to fight systemic racism and programs to procure affordable housing and food security.

To improve economic integration through access to good quality jobs and gender equality, $29.8 billion will be destined to establish Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child care System in the next 5 years that will enable women to join and remain in the labour market, while $15 million will be allocated to IRCC to extend the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot initiative started in 2018. Women and Black Entrepreneurship will be strengthened, complemented by an investment of $87.4 million over the next 5 years for the diversification of the federal supplier base.

Finally, opportunities will arise from a new Apprenticeship Service to be developed by ESDC with $470 million to help 55,000 first-year apprentices in construction and manufacturing Red Seal trades connect with opportunities at SME’s. Employers will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 for all first-year apprenticeship opportunities and up to $10,000 if hires are from underrepresented groups; while the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy will target the needs of vulnerable youth facing multiple barriers to employment. The full content of the budget is accessible on the Government of Canada website.