International Metropolis Conference Study Tours

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Study Tours

You can select the study tours you want to attend when you register for the conference.

The IMC2019 organizing committee in cooperation with Welcome to Ottawa Week (#WOW) are organizing a series of enriching and interactive Study tours. These are a unique opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in a variety of programs that involve newcomers or community support. These provide an opportunity to have a face-to-face contact and dialogue with presenters.

Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) and Heritage Ottawa City Bus Tour

Learn about Ottawa’s immigrant history and different neighborhoods on an approximately 90 minute expert guided bilingual bus tour. Pass historical quarters like Little Italy, Chinatown, Lowertown West, the picturesque Byward Market and Vanier, to name a few.

Cost per participant: $25 CAN

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa (JFS) is a uniquely positioned Family Service Agency in Ottawa that offers a variety of newcomer programs. Given our expertise in the area of settlement and settlement support, JFS will be hosting a settlement fair of all our programs, staffed by those our front line workers who deliver the program. These include:

JFS Evening Event

Our Learning Through Play program invites you to join our Settlement Youth and Children’s team as we present the play “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” featuring our refugee children and youth participants. The production of this play exposes newcomer children to the experience of planning, preparing and presenting an event. To help them discover cooperation, communication, and language skills the play is prepared and acted by the children and their parents, under the direction of our Settlement Youth Workers.

Villa Marconi

Villa Marconi – A multi-cultural, modern, Province of Ontario class “A” Long Term Care Facility & Centre. It is a beloved home to 128 residents, a vibrant cultural center and the heart of the Canadian-Italian community.

Marconi Community Centre-provides services to a variety of clients, from small community groups, private individuals, business and government. Home to L’Età DORO an active 300 member seniors group. Lunch included in this tour.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Join us on June 24, 2019, at 11 am, for a tour to Tungasuvvingat Inuit, to explore the history and culture of Inuit, including traditional food tastings. "Inuit are an Indigenous people living primarily in Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland encompassing 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline." (

Accueil-Parrainage Outaouais (APO)

APO’s mandate is primarily to welcome newcomers, provide assistance once they arrive in the country and help them integrate into their host society by offering, at the very least, certain minimum conditions.

The organization is also responsible for meeting the other needs necessary for successful integration into Quebec society and, more specifically, into Outaouais society.

Our organization offers the following services:


You will discover how CESOC creates an atmosphere of success for Francophone newcomers. We provide a series of interconnected services to help them integrate into their new country.

Service Intégration Travail Outaouais

Since 1995, the Service Intégration Travail Outaouais (SITO) has been helping immigrants integrate into Quebec society through employment and economic integration. The visit to SITO will consist of two parts. First, we will present our best practices in the economic integration of immigrants into the host society and, second, we will share our clients’ integration success stories.


Join Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) and Refugee 613 for a participatory and open dialogue session.

Created by a grassroots coalition of service providers and volunteers, Refugee 613 is a communications hub that informs, connects and inspires people to build strong communities through refugee welcome.

OCISO has been supporting immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home for over 40 years, by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

R613 will share how they use information and convening to foster collaboration, innovation and whole-of-community support for refugee integration and social cohesion. OCISO will highlight innovative new programming for newcomers. The session will culminate in break out discussions to facilitate sharing and dialogue on challenges and best practices in newcomer integration across communities, including the benefits of communication as a tool for collaboration.

The Global Centre for Pluralism

Pluralism is defined as an ethic of respect for diversity. A pluralistic society is one in which the dignity of each person is recognized, and every person feels they belong. The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance global understanding of pluralism and positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively in diverse societies. The Centre invites participants from the 2019 International Metropolis Conference to visit the downtown headquarters for a stimulating discussion on how pluralism intersects with the study and practice of migration.

Somali Centre for Family services

A community based non-profit settlement and social services organization that provides services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate and address the unique needs of the immigrant community members.

The Centre provides a wide variety of support services including interpretation, translation, employment support services, advocacy, and outcome focused counseling to both families and individuals from different backgrounds.

JCC Soloway

Soloway Jewish Community Centre is a gathering place for the Ottawa Jewish community and the local west end community. The Centre has a library, preschool, fitness centre, gymnasium and salt water pool. The building is on a campus with a long-term care facility, daycare and organization serving adults with disabilities.

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is one of four school Boards in the Ottawa area funded by the Ontario provincial government. The Board has a wrap-around approach to working with newcomer and refugee families. It is also the largest provider of Adult English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes in Eastern Ontario. The morning will be Language and Settlement Information with displays, speakers, student demonstrations and mini presentations. Some service areas to learn about: