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Pathways to Prosperity 2019 National Conference

Immigration at the Crossroads: Renewing Support for Immigration to Canada at the Intersections of Research, Policy, and Practice

October 31 – November 1, 2019: Pathways to Prosperity 2019 National Conference

October 30, 2019: P2P Preconference for Local Immigration Partnerships and Réseaux en immigration francophone

Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto

Immigration to Canada is at a crossroads. The federal election in the Fall may impact current immigration policy. New settlement contribution agreements are in progress. At the same time, there is some evidence that attitudes toward immigrants and refugees among established Canadians are hardening, with populism on the rise. In this time of uncertainty and possible change, it seems useful to consider how we can renew our support for immigration to Canada, which is essential for the future of our country. This conference will look ahead, focusing on how our research, policy, and practice supporting the attraction, settlement and integration of newcomers can continue to make important contributions to the well-being of Canada and those who live here, whether established Canadians or newcomers. The conference will include plenary sessions, workshops, a poster session, and opportunities to network with colleagues. More than 450 attendees are expected to participate.

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New Report


Beyond the Big City: How Small Communities Across Canada Can Attract and Retain Newcomers

Canada is an open, accepting, and generous country. It is built on diversity, and communities are stronger when they welcome and work with newcomers who want to build a better Canada. But with the natural trend of intensification and urbanization, most newcomers to Canada settle in just a few major cities, which offer greater economic opportunities and cultural diversity. The rest of the country has not experienced the same rewards from new people bringing new ideas, and small centres have not proportionally enjoyed the benefits of immigration. Instead, many small centres and rural areas are experiencing declining economic prospects and even shrinking populations, creating a cycle of decline and consequent low attraction of new residents, furthering decline.

The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with Pathways to Prosperity, conducted research to determine how newcomer attraction and retention could be enhanced to contribute to the success of smaller centres and less densely populated regions across Canada. A literature review and jurisdictional scan were conducted to bring together the best available evidence on newcomer attraction to and retention in small centres and rural areas. Data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) were also analyzed to better understand the mobility and retention rates of immigrants in small centres in Ontario. These findings were validated and expanded on through community consultations with 199 key stakeholders in five small centres across Ontario.

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Presentations Available


P2P-IRCC Preconference to International Metropolis a Success

How Do We Know What’s Working? Measuring Settlement Outcomes for Individuals and Communities

Monday, June 24, 2019 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Shaw Centre, Ottawa, Canada

On June 24 2019, Pathways to Prosperity in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada hosted the full-day preconference to International Metropolis on “How Do We Know What’s Working? Measuring Settlement Outcomes for Individuals and Communities.” With over 200 attendees, this event was a lively and productive exploration of strategies for measuring immigrants’ economic, social and civic-cultural outcomes at both the service delivery and community levels. The focus was on strategies for determining what works and what doesn’t, as well as new ways of measuring processes and change, attributing outcomes, and assessing community impact. We thank all of the presenters, chairs, and attendees for their contributions and valuable insights. PowerPoints from the presentations and videos are now available here.

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Latest Media Stories


CBC News – Welcome Place to Lose One-Third of Budget After Federal Funding Cut

Welcome Place learned last Friday the money it normally gets from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada earmarked for their work with government-assisted refugees will end in April. Rita Chahal, the executive director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, also known as Welcome Place, says the federal funding makes up about one-third... Read more »


ICI Alberta – L’immigration canadienne : un « labyrinthe bureaucratique » pour les demandeurs d’asile

Le système d’immigration canadien est « un labyrinthe bureaucratique » pour les demandeurs d’asile qui s’y aventurent, conclut un rapport de l’Institut de politique publique de l’Université de Calgary. Ce dernier estime qu’Ottawa doit embaucher le personnel nécessaire pour désengorger un système qui, à l’heure actuelle, « ne rend service... Read more »


Financial Post – Canada Largely Successful in Managing Economic Immigration: OECD Study

The OECD reviewed how Canada recruits foreign labour — from the Express Entry program that sees the government effectively “invite” people to come to Canada permanently, to programs geared towards temporary workers. Their analysis is that the system functions well, despite flaws such as the fact that the screening policy... Read more »