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Information Sheet:  Briefing for Participants
International Workshops in RBM, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space; Participatory Development; and PM & E
Ottawa, Canada


We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Mosaic workshop to be held in Ottawa, Canada. The workshop promises to be truly international with participants coming from all over the world and various organizations.  Past participants have come from Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Mexico, France, Ghana, Jamaica, Haiti, Mali, the United States, Sweden and Canada, representing an array of organizations: Alberta Grand Council of First Nations, UNICEF, USAID, UNFPA, the World Bank, CARE, Oxfam, Winrock International, CECI, African Development Foundation, Plan International, CIDA, North-South Institute, Health Canada, Environment Canada, Nunavut Literacy Council, Christian Children's Fund, Peace Corps, World Vision, World Neighbors, Cowater International, Coastal Resources Centre, Canadian Bureau for Intl. Education, Partners for Rural Development, Plan:Net, SIDA, International Centre for Research on Women, Engender Health, Habitat for Humanity, Johns Hopkins, University of Texas, Cornell University, Michigan State University,  Kentucky University, Bringham Young University, UCLA,  Carleton University, Queen's University, St. Mary's University and many more.


This information sheet provides participants with detailed information on visas, health insurance, hotels, weather and transportation.

For international participants:

1.  Visa.  Visa requirements will depend on your nationality.  The following web site will tell you whether or not you need a visa to come to Canada:

For the location of the nearest Canadian consulate please consult:  

If you need a visa, you will require a letter from International.  Please let us know well in advance and we will prepare this for you. In most cases, you should allow up to two months for processing your visa.  You should also bring with you a letter from your employer that you intend to return to your country upon completion of the workshop to resume your work and how this workshop will contribute to building your capacity.  Attaching a copy of the workshop description, from the web page, to your visa application is also helpful.

2.  Health Insurance. All US and international participants should carry valid international travel insurance when travelling to Canada in case of an accident or injury. This is the full responsibility of participants. International is not responsible for covering any health expenses incurred by the participant.

3.  Airline Reservations.   Many airlines offer discount rates for travel in the summer.  Reserving well in advance for discounts on flights to and from Ottawa is recommended.  Ottawa is served directly by the following US cities: Atlanta, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Newark, Dulles Airport.   From Europe, there are direct flights from London.  Major airlines flying into Ottawa include: American Airlines, USAir, Delta, Air Canada, and .  For participants flying through Amsterdam (KLM), Frankfurt (Luftansa), London (British Airways), Paris (Air France) passengers are routed through Montreal.  The major and closest Canadian cities to Ottawa are Toronto and Montreal.

We recommend that out-of-town participants arrive at least one day before the workshop, and book their return flight for Saturday afternoon after 4:00 p.m. or Sunday.   Flights can be significantly cheaper with a sleepover on Saturday night, so keep this in mind.

  1. Hotel Reservations and Meals in Ottawa. Hotel Reservations and Meals in Ottawa. Accommodations and meals are the responsibility of the participants. The Sandy Hill area, the neighborhood in Ottawa where the workshop will take place, offers a variety of excellent restaurants. All are in walking distance. Depending on your tastes and appetite you can expect to spend on average $30-45/day on restaurant meals in the city.


The following accommodations in Ottawa are some suggestions. We have sought to give you a range of bed and breakfasts and hotels depending on comfort and budget. All are in walking distance from the workshop site and priced in Canadian dollars (taxes extra). Please reserve early to avoid disappointment. Please note all prices are approximate and can vary from season to season. Remember that for the Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation workshop, in particular, you will be residing with your team Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night of the workshop week in accommodations reserved by Mosaic. You will need to cover the cost of your room on these nights but we will take care of the reservations for you. Plan on spending about $55/night + taxes (13%).


Please contact any of the following accommodations to make your reservation



  1. University of Ottawa residence, 90 University Street. Conveniently located in the same building as the workshop. Take the suite for AC if price is not an issue. Tel: 1-888-564-4545 or (613) 564-5400; Fax: (613) 564-6530. E-mail: When you reserve, mention the Mosaic workshop. Cost: CAD $ 40 for a single, $ 169.50 for a two bedroom suite (Type/Area: 90U on webpage) with kitchen and air conditioning. Internet free, WiFi available. Taxes extra. See: Click on English tab if website switches to French if needed.
  2. Ottawa International. Hostel. Inexpensive, unique, international, an experience to remember! These are dorm style or comfortable family rooms accommodations. Free breakfast. Ottawa, CAD $ 45-$ 165.00 (Small apt) for non-members. 75 Nicholas St., Tel: (613) 235-2595; Toll Free 1-866-299-1478 Fax: (613) 569-2131, E-mail: See link: Ottawa Hostel WiFi.
  3. Ottawa Backpacker's Inn, 203 York St. (613) 241-3402. Email: Rate:$ 30 for dorm style room or $ 75 CAD for a private room including tax. WiFi free + computer w/internet.
  4. Gasthaus Switzerland. 89 Daly Ave. Tel: (613) 237-0335. Fax: 594-3327. E-mail: Cost: CAD $ 159 standard double. Breakfast included. Free internet.
  5. King Edward B & B, 525 King Edward Drive. Tel: (613) 565-6700 or 1-800-841-8786 E-mail: Costs: CAD $ 110-$140. Breakfast included. Free Parking available. Wireless internet.
  6. McGee’s Inn: 185 Daly at Nelson. Tel: (613) 237-6089 or 1-800-262-4337 . Rooms range from CAD $ 139-$ 225.. All rooms have private bathrooms. Prices include breakfast. Free parking. Wifi.
  7. Quality Inn, 290 Rideau St. (corner of King Edward), Tel: (613) 789-7511; Fax (613) 789-2434. Rooms: $115- $125 Govt. or Corporate Rate. Breakfast extra. Email: WiFi.
  8. Holiday Inn & Suites, $ 184.00 for double with kitchenette, Humanitarian Organization rate. 111 Cooper St. Ottawa, Tel: 613-238-0772. email:

  9. Novotel Hotel Ottawa, 33 Nicholas St. Tel: (613) 230-3033 or 1-800-668-6835 Fax: (613) 760-4765. E-mail: Prices: CAD $ 159 and up. Breakfast extra. AAA or CAA discount of 10% off daily rate. Hi Speed Internet.

5.  Travel to and from the Airport. You may take a taxi from the Airport to the downtown area where the above accommodations are located (about $ 30 CAD) or you can take an airport shuttle bus directly into the city (about $ 15.00 CAD) - get off at the Novotel Hotel for the closest stop to Sandy Hill. Ottawa City Transpo also operates a bus between the Airport and the University of Ottawa Campus : Bus # 97 direct (ask at the Ground Transportation desk for information). Get off at the University of Ottawa; about 24 mins from airport. Cash fare for OC transpo is $3.40 CAD

6.  For what to see and do in Ottawa, check out the website:

General Information: (please see the brochure for more details or our web page)

  1. Payment for Registration.  Early registration is encouraged as we expect the workshop to fill-up quickly, as it will be limited to 30 persons.  To reserve your place we must receive full payment and a complete registration form as early as possible.   We urge you not to procrastinate.  You will find this to be an excellent investment and experience.  Please make your cheque payable to: International, 705 Roosevelt Ave, Ottawa, Canada K2A 2A8.
  2. Workshop Site and Schedule.  The workshop venue is at 90 University Street at the University of Ottawa in the heart of Ottawa overlooking the canal.  This is in the neighborhood of Sandy Hill in downtown Ottawa, minutes away from the beautiful market. Registration the first day will begin at 8:20 a.m.
  3. Clothing and What to Bring.  Summers in Canada can range from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit or 11-26 degrees centigrade.  We do suggest you bring comfortable clothing: shorts, pants, a sweater, and a windbreaker.  A good pair of walking shoes or boots is also recommended as well as an umbrella.


Copies of Reports, Articles, etc.  Please feel free to bring copies of reports, publications, company brochures or articles. If possible, bring copies for approximately 25 participants for distribution.

For further questions, please get in touch with us at: Tel: (613) 728-1439, Fax: (613) 728-1154 or by e-mail:  Visit our web page for full details at