Virtual Conference

Pathways to Prosperity 2021 National Conference

November 8-10, 2021
A Virtual Conference

Due to rising COVID-19 infection rates and new local and government restrictions, we have made the decision to move this year’s Pathways to Prosperity National Conference to a fully virtual event.

The Ninth Annual Pathways to Prosperity National Conference and the Pathways to Prosperity Conference for Local Immigration Partnerships and Réseaux en immigration francophone will be held virtually on November 8-10, 2021. In addition to the keynote speaker, plenaries, and workshops, activities will include discussion forums and access to posters and to exhibitors across the three days of the conference. All registrants will also have access to the Virtual Workshop Series to take place in January – March 2022.

The theme for this year’s conference is: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: Post-COVID Strategies to Address Enduring Challenges in the Settlement and Integration of Newcomers in Canada. This theme acknowledges that many of the topics that we will be covering are not new but instead are enduring issues that require our sustained attention in order to support the settlement and integration of newcomers in Canada in the post-COVID era. It is not enough to cover these topics as a one-off in a single conference or event. We must work to engage with them at a deep level in order to truly understand and promote meaningful change. Topics to be highlighted will include anti-racism initiatives and initiatives to address Islamophobia, strategies for supporting Indigenous-immigrant relations, and how to optimize immigration and settlement in Canada post-pandemic for the benefit of of all using our research, policy and practice.

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Promising practices

New Videos and Briefs Now Available: Developing an Evidence Base and Sharing Settlement and Integration Practices that

Pathways to Prosperity is pleased to announce that new videos and briefs on promising practices in settlement and integration are now available. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the project highlights promising practices in immigrant settlement and integration with an empirical basis for their effectiveness. Our approach focuses not only on identifying truly promising practices, but on analyzing and sharing key features that can be replicated. The project is co-led by the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA). The Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI) and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) are central partners.

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An RSC Policy Briefing

Supporting Canada’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Through Robust Immigration Policy and Programs

Canada has been seen globally as a leader in immigration and integration policies and programs, and as an attractive and welcoming country for immigrants, refugees, temporary foreign workers, and international students. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some of the strengths of Canada’s immigration system, as well as some of the fault lines that have been developing over the last few years. In this briefing, members of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership provide an overview of Canada’s immigration system prior to the pandemic, discuss the system’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities revealed by the pandemic, and explore a post-COVID-19 immigration vision. Over the next three years, the Government of Canada intends to bring over 1.2 million new permanent residents to Canada. In addition, Canada will continue to accept many international students, refugee claimants, and temporary foreign workers for temporary residence here. The importance of immigration for Canada will continue to grow and be an integral component of the country’s post-COVID-19 recovery. To succeed, it is essential to take stock, to re-evaluate Canada’s immigration and integration policies and programs, and to expand Canada’s global leadership in this area. The authors offer insights and over 80 recommendations to reinvigorate and optimize Canada’s immigration program over the next decade and beyond.

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Latest Media Stories

CBC News – Immigrant Nurses in B.C. Say Language Proficiency Tests a Barrier to Practice

Anne Ignacio and her parents, all internationally educated nurses (IENs), immigrated to Canada from the Philippines almost a decade ago with hopes of continuing to work in their profession. But after multiple attempts at passing the English proficiency exam, she said they had to make the difficult decision to switch... Read more »

CTV News – LGBTQ2S+ Group Urges Canada to Help Resettle People Trapped in Their Own Country, Including Afghanistan

Now that the federal election campaign has ended, it’s time for the government to get back to work, which includes refocusing on international aid and building partnerships with humanitarian organizations. Among those organizations is Rainbow Railroad, an international charity based in Canada that provides pathways to safety for persecuted members... Read more »

Global News – 200 Afghans, Mostly Women Escape Afghanistan with Help of Canadian Charity

Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban with the help of a Toronto-based charity and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. Nearly 100 girls have managed to flee to Pakistan with their families after failing to get out of Kabul before the airport... Read more »