Ottawa aiming to be more welcoming for immigrants

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is currently halfway through a specially devised week which the city’s mayor hopes will help make it Canada’s most welcoming city for immigrants.

Canada&#x;s capital city, Ottawa, is currently halfway through a specially devised week which the city&#x;s mayor hopes will help make it Canada&#x;s most welcoming city for immigrants.The Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) will see the city host a number of special events &#x; including community sports events, public lectures and seminars, a movie screening in a neighbourhood park, music, artists&#x; gatherings, and the 2nd Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum &#x; in an attempt to make newcomers feel more at home.
&#x;We have long recognised the value of immigration to our city&#x;s prosperity and vitality,&#x; says the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson. &#x;The Welcoming Ottawa Week will underscore our genuine respect and hospitality to newcomers, while at the same time creating opportunities for dialogue and interactions between newcomers and established residents.&#x;

&#x;As a community, we are committed to strengthening our capacity to welcome and integrate immigrants,&#x; added Dick Stewart, Chair of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) Council. &#x;The 2013 Ottawa Immigration Forum will help us learn from the successes of other cities; and enable us to discuss ways in which we can maintain and enhance what works well.&#x;

According to preliminary figures released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada earlier this year, around 6,005 immigrants settled in the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area in 2012.This article was provided by&#x;Halo Financial,&#x;which offers a full range of foreign exchange products to ensure your specific needs are met.