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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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
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

WOW 2022: Call for Events Is Now Open

May 9, 2022

Ottawa Local Immigration partnership (OLIP) cordially invites you to contribute an event to the 2022 Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) that will be held on June 20 – 30.

WOW is an annual series of dialogues, cultural and celebratory events, sports activities, documentary screenings, and other fun events, designed to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa residents to newcomers, while providing opportunities for quality interactions between newcomers and long-time residents. This year’s WOW will also recognize the impact of the pandemic on newcomers and racialized residents.

WOW events are required to include immigrants and refugees, discuss topics related to newcomer settlement and integration, or celebration of diversity. The events should also take place during the WOW 2022 timeframe (June 20th – 30th).

WOW events can be any of the following categories:

  • Guided Tours: walking tours, bike/ bus tours, museum tours etc.
  • Business & Entrepreneurship: employer meet & greet, job search networking etc.
  • Sports Activities & Tournaments: soccer, cricket, Tai Chi, Yoga, etc.
  • Food Related Events: Cooking classes, food tasting, restaurant tours etc.
  • Design & Creativity: Fashion show, events showcasing creative and innovative ideas that meet community needs.
  • Culture Activities: arts/photo exhibits, activities showcasing artistic and intellectual contribution of immigrants.
  • Poetry, Music & Story Telling: Poetry and comedy nights, concerts, and other artistic activity to illustrate diverse rich cultures in your community.
  • Learning Events: Book launch, Open house, academic seminars on topics related to diversity and welcoming communities.
  • Civic Engagements: citizenship ceremonies, town hall meeting, meet & greet activity with a local elected official.
  • Documentary/ Film Screening: documentary screening followed by a panel discussion on topics adversely affecting marginalized communities such as the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health, racism, housing, etc.

Still need ideas, consult our comprehensive list of suggested WOW event categories.


  • Host an event that showcases your involvement with immigrants and refugees, celebrates newcomers’ contributions or creates new bonds among neighbours. Do not delay; register your WOW 2022 event online before June 5, 2022.
  • Distribute the WOW Call for Events Flyer to partners or individuals who you think may be interested in hosting a WOW event.

If you have questions or ideas, please contact Nyamulola Kambanji at nyamulola@olip-plio.ca