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Pathways to Prosperity 2023 National Conference

Exploring Innovation in Immigration and Settlement in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities of New Geographies, Modes, and Levels of Immigration

November 19, 2023: Gender-Based Violence Response Forum
(In Person)

November 20 – 21, 2023: P2P 2023 National Conference
(In Person and Virtual)

November 22, 2023: P2P Conference for Local Immigration Partnerships and Réseaux en immigration francophone
(In Person and Virtual)

November 23, 2023: National LIP Network Summit
(In Person)

Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal

Pathways to Prosperity will be holding its 11th Annual National Conference at Le Centre Sheraton Hotel in Montreal on November 20 – 22, 2023. A virtual option will also be available on these dates.

Many changes have occurred in Canada’s immigration system in the last few years, particularly the drive for regionalization of immigration outside of the traditional immigrant-receiving metropolises; new modes of immigration, including the increasing transition of temporary residents to permanent residents; and the record-breaking number of immigrants being accepted into Canada each year. These changes pose challenges but also exciting opportunities for new ideas and innovation in immigration and settlement policies, programs, and practices.

The 2023 Pathways to Prosperity National Conference will explore the changes occurring and potential innovations in response to these changes. In this way, we can all contribute to planning for the future of immigration to Canada. In addition, through presentations and discussion, attendees will be equipped with new ideas and innovative program solutions to support the IRCC 2024 Call for Proposals for the Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Programs. It will be an opportunity to learn from others, share expertise and experiences, and expand networks. To be inclusive, we will be providing simultaneous interpretation for the keynote speaker and plenary sessions (both in person and virtually).

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P2P Conference Award

The P2P 2023 Jean McRae Legacy Award for a Newcomer Youth

As announced at last year’s Pathways to Prosperity National Conference, in honour of Jean McRae’s many contributions to the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership, each year we will be sponsoring a newcomer youth in Canada to attend the P2P National Conference.

We are seeking applications for this year’s award from newcomer youth who would like to attend the National Conference in Montreal on November 20-21, 2023. The award will include travel to Montreal for the conference, 3 nights accommodation, and conference registration. To qualify, applicants must have been born outside of Canada and currently be living here, and be between 18 and 30 years old.

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Graduate Students

Online Workshop on Non-academic Career Paths for PhD Graduates in Migration Studies

Thursday September 28, 2023
12:00 to 1:30 PM ET

When pursuing a doctorate degree, tenure-track positions are often presented as the main career option after a PhD (and a post-doc). This workshop aims to move away from these representations and showcases alternative career paths available for PhD graduates, especially in migration studies. While it can be difficult for PhD students to seek help and advice outside of academia (outside of mentors who obtained tenure-track positions themselves), this workshop will be an opportunity to discuss career options with PhD graduates who work in government and other organizations outside of academia. In this way, we highlight exciting and rewarding career options that allow PhD graduates to utilize their skills outside of the professorship.

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Welcoming Communities Toolkits

Toolkits designed to measure and promote welcoming communities that will attract and retain immigrants

Canada is in the midst of one of the largest intakes of immigrants in its 155-year history as our government looks to rebuild our economy and labour force following COVID-related disruptions. Although it is a country well known for its cultural makeup and diversity, a dedicated understanding and plan for supporting the settlement and integration of newcomers in communities of all sizes is imperative to the success of Canada’s immigration program.Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) has taken steps to aid in this transition with the development of the Welcoming Communities Toolkits. These toolkits have been developed based on P2P’s 2010 report “Characteristics of a Welcoming Community,” but have also taken into account newer research that more aptly speaks to the current world we live in and provides practical tools that interested parties can use to engage and set their communities on the road to becoming more welcoming.Two toolkits are being developed: the Measuring Welcoming Communities Toolkit, now released, and the Promoting Welcoming Communities Toolkit, to be released later in 2023. While they are two separate toolkits, they are being built to work in tandem.

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Call For Papers

Diaspora, Diversity and Immigration

While most liberal democratic states support diversity, diaspora, and immigration in significant ways, they are coming under increased pressure internally and externally to do more to realize these goals. In a democratized world, diversity and diaspora have also become important constituents of social and political discourse – and of contestation, considering the centuries of economic, racial, ethnic, and religious disparity, exploitation, and violence. It has been argued that more and more people are coming to Western countries because their homelands have been plundered before. An ethical and contextual understanding of current immigration patterns can help us strengthen diversity policies and protocols worldwide but conflating them can also trigger a backlash, “since levels of migrants and corresponding cultural change have been high and in some cases historically unprecedented [in recent decades]” (Francis Fukuyama, 2018, 133).

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Latest Media Stories

Globe and Mail – Ottawa urged to clamp down further on immigration employment scam

Ottawa is being urged to crack down on an immigration scam where people hoping to find jobs in Canada are being forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars to potential employers – and a fee to immigration consultants – to find jobs here. Read more »

CBC – Canadian immigration consultant’s plan to open India office paused due to political turmoil

Amy Verma’s business depends solely on the goodwill between India and Canada. But that relationship has soured since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons last week and accused the Indian government of being involved in the killing of prominent Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British... Read more » – Canada announces first-ever category-based selection invitations for newcomers with work experience in agriculture and agri-food

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced changes to Express Entry through category-based selection on May 31, 2023. These changes will help address labour shortages and support economic goals by inviting candidates with specific work experience or French language ability to apply for permanent residence. Read more »