These Awards recognize Ottawa citizens who go out of their way to support newcomers in their efforts to make this city their new home. Introduced as part of Welcoming Ottawa Week in 2014, the Awards celebrate individuals who, in interacting with immigrants or refugees, have demonstrated the qualities of openness and friendship.
The Awards are handed out in June at the annual WOW launch event co-hosted by OLIP and the Mayor of Ottawa. They are posted on our web site shortly after.
You can find a list of past Ambassadors, organized by year, here.
No. We do invite all Award recipients to participate in a photo shoot and share their stories. However, participation in the photo shoot and story are not obligatory in order to receive the Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador Award.
To be eligible, the nominator must be an immigrant or a refugee. There is no restriction on how long you have been in Ottawa.