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 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
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 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
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
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 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


Language Learning for Health: Resources for ESL/ LINC Practioners (2015) OPH-ESL 
This collaborative project for English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) encourages instructors to discuss priority health topics with adult learners, providing them with activities that are fun and engaging, while using information that is trustworthy and reliable. Designed and reviewed by a team of Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board staff, this series focuses on three health topics i.e. Physical Activity, Dental Health and Mental Health. Every topic includes three lessons plans, each covering different language levels. Every lesson plan includes a variety of easy-to-use activities, assessment tasks, and a self-reflection task.

TITLE Lit-CLB 1 CLB 2-3 CLB 4-5
Physical Activity Available Available Available
Dental Health Available Available Available
Mental Health Available Available Available


Language Learning for Health : Resources for ESL / LINC practitioners
(2014) OPH-ESL Collaborative Project

TITLE Lit-CLB 1 CLB 2-3 CLB 4-5
Canada’s Food Guide Available Available Available
Everybody’s Food Budget Available Available Available
Let’s Go Shopping for Food Available Available Available
Reading Food Labels Available Available Available
Reducing Salt Consumption Available Available Available
Calcium & Vitamin D Available Available Available
Diabetes Prevention Available Available Available
Sugared Beverages Available Available Available


The Case for Diversity (2015) Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Dr. Branka Agic, Andrew Tuck, Michael Antwi, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

A presentation on the issues and options for service improvement for immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized groups (IRER)

Improving Mental Health Services for Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-Cultural and Racialized Groups: Issues and Options for Service Improvement (2010) Hansson E, Tuck A, Lurie S and McKenzie K, for the Task Group of the Services Systems Advisory Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada.

This report considers the issues and options for service improvement for immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized groups (IRER). The report outlines the demography of Canada’s diverse populations; a synthesis of research into the mental health problems and illnesses of IRER populations focussing on the Canadian literature; and an outline of previous national policy papers on improving Canada’s mental health services for IRER populations. The report also provides a strategy for service development, recommendations and examples of initiatives across Canada.

Resources, Principles and Practices of Health Equity (2014) Dr. Josephone Etowa and Yumi Kotani

This report presents a compilation of training resources on “health equity”. Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.” This list was created in order to support community health service providers in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to ensure high standards of health equity throughout organizations, by ensuring that staff and board members who work at different levels of an organization are aware and sensitized on this topic. The report is in English, with some French resources identified.

A Collaborative Model for Delivering Mentoring to Immigrants in Ottawa (2012) Hire Immigrants Ottawa
This report describes existing mentoring programs for immigrants in the Ottawa region. It also identifies best practices in other Canadian municipalities and presents a collaborative model for delivering mentoring-to-employment programs for skilled immigrants in Ottawa.

Equity and Inclusion Lens (2010) City for All Women Initiative (CAWI)
Currently being implemented in the City of Ottawa, this comprehensive guide helps staff and management in any organization review their planning, program development, and delivery activities to ensure they are inclusive of men and women’s full diversity. The project was funded by Status of Women Canada and the City of Ottawa.

Introduction to Trades Manual (2010) City of Ottawa, Trillium Foundation, National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA
This guide is aimed at internationally trained tradespeople and new immigrants interested in pursuing a career in Ottawa’s skilled trades sector.

Guide to Working with Interpreters (2009) Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities
The guide intends to help organizations that provide services to newcomers better manage their interpreted sessions. It provides useful tips on understanding the interpretation process, assessing the need for an interpreter and arranging for one.

Women’s Civic Participation Kit – Diversity of Women Influencing the City of Ottawa (2008) City for All Women Initiative (CAWI)
This kit includes everything you need to know to get you, your organization, or your family’s voices heard at City Hall. The kit is also used as the participant workbook in OLIP training programs.