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WOW 2020 Events Are Cancelled

We regret to inform you that due to the COVID-19 pandemic Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) and Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors Award will not be held this year.

Discover Ottawa's Neighbourhoods through immigration Lens

OLIP and Heritage Ottawa are pleased to offer guided tours to showcase the contributions immigrants make to the economic and social development of Ottawa neighborhoods.

Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador Awards

Established in 2014, the annual Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors Award recognizes the importance of welcoming attitudes towards newcomers and the critical role social connections plays in newcomers’ settlement and integration. 

#WOW19 – Builds on Strengths, Beats 100! 

This year’s Welcoming Ottawa Week reached and exceeded 100 events and welcomed more participants than ever. We achieved this new milestone by building on our strengths, and creating new and improved experiences for partners …

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Panel Discussion on Housing for LGBTQ Refugees

On June 28, 2019, as part of Welcoming Ottawa Week, Catherine McKenney, City Councillor for Somerset Ward hosted a panel discussion on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ refugees in accessing permanent and affordable …

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Little Italy Walking Tour Delights the Senses

On a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon, what better way to pass the time than tour one of Ottawa’s most interesting neighbourhoods? As I arrived on my bike after a long ride along the canal, …

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Launch of Welcoming Ottawa Week 2019

On June 17, the seventh annual Welcoming Ottawa Week was launched at a special breakfast event at City Hall co-hosted by Mayor Jim Watson and OLIP. The event set the stage for this year’s …

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Welcoming Ottawa Week – Week 2

Welcoming Ottawa Week continues through to June 30 with another week of free events celebrating our multicultural city and the contributions of newcomers. Below are just a small handful of the fun and tasty …

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Public Invited to Participate in Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours

Ottawa (June 18, 2019)– As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week, June 17 to 30, 2019, the public is invited to participate in guided walking toursof the Byward Market, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Vanier. These …

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