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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Canada Research

Economic Integration

Global Talent for SMEs: Practical Ideas to Connect Small and Medium Business with the Skilled Immigrant Workforce
(2011) ALLIES
This paper provides a business case for hiring immigrants with a list and explanation of best practices in hiring strategies.

Immigrants in Self-employment
(2011) Statistics Canada

This article examines self-employment “push” and “pull” factors for immigrants and compares these to Canadian-born self-employed workers.

Health and Wellbeing

CCIRH Knowledge Exchange Network
The CCIRH KEN is a knowledge translation project aimed at improving the health of immigrants and refugees. It provides practical evidence-based recommendations and high quality educational resources aimed at primary care practitioners and medical students, immigrant community champions and health advocates, and health and immigration policy-makers.

Evidence-based clinical guidelines for immigrants and refugees
(2011) Canadian Medical Association Journal
This report presents evidence-based clinical guidelines for immigrants and refugees.

Immigration Policy

All in the (Definition of) Family: Transnational Parent–Child Relationships, Rights to Family Life, and Canadian Immigration Law
(2021) Melissa Redmond (Carleton University) & Beth Martin (Carleton University)

Drawing on international human rights conventions as well as Canadian law, this research paper discusses how the Canadian immigration system’s limited and exclusionary understanding of parent–child relationships complicates family reunification of immigrants.  The researchers at Carleton University argue that the Canadian immigration policies disproportionately deny the right to family life to Canadians and their children who hail from the Global South and/or who are socio-economically disadvantaged.  Furthermore, immigration policies do not recognize the globally accepted ‘best interests of the child’ welfare standard or the human right to family life. In conclusion, the researchers offer suggestions for addressing these inequities in practice and policy.

Shaping the Future: Canada’s rapidly changing immigration policy
(2012) Maytree Foundation
This paper describes a number of recent policy changes in the area of immigration, temporary entry to Canada, and citizenship. It outlines the process through which recent reforms have been made, including a dramatic increase in ministerial powers and the use of omnibus legislation. The report analyzes the potential individual and cumulative impact of these developments.

LIP-Municipal Interactions and CIC’s Strategic Interests
(2012) Welcoming Communities Initiative
This report explores the evolving relationship between Local Immigration Partnerships and their respective municipal hosts. It assesses the impact that municipal involvement is having on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s ability to achieve its strategic objectives. The report employs a case study approach focusing on four Ontario cities: London, Ottawa, North Bay, and Sudbury.

Starting on Solid Ground: The Municipal Role in Immigrant Settlement
(2011) Federation of Canadian Municipalities
This report emphasizes the role that municipal government play immigrant settlement and integration. It makes recommendations aimed at improving the settlement and integration outcomes of immigrants.

Settlement and Integration Capacity

Literature Review: Integration Outcomes
(2011) Welcoming Communities Initiative
This report reviews research on the factors that shape immigrants’ economic and social integration outcomes in Canada. The impact of source country/region and immigration class are of principal interest, but the effects of secondary explanatory variables, such as education, gender, age, and language ability, are also assessed. The research findings are drawn from English and French-language literature published by academic, governmental and non-governmental sources between 2001 and 2011.

Reconfiguring Settlement and Integration: A Service Provider Strategy for Innovation and Results
(2010) Welcoming Communities Initiative
This report identifies emerging trends in immigrant settlement and integration. In particular, it elaborates a path to enable settlement service providers to acquire the tools and capacities they need to partner with governments to meet challenges facing newcomers and the communities in which they settle.