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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.
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.Read More »
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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At an announcement in Drummondville, Que., on Saturday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh promised to increase the federal immigration transfer payment to Quebec by $73 million per year to improve settlement services for newcomers, if he is elected prime minister. The province has been dealing with a labour shortage, with more than... Read more »
Georgian College is offering five free courses to newcomers in Canada that are aimed at helping them improve their communication skills and understand cultural dynamics in Ontario workplaces. The courses also help newcomers deal with situations in the workplace that may require cultural knowledge or that may be different than... Read more »
A British Columbia man who glorified terrorism by the Islamic State group in multiple Facebook posts has been ordered released from immigration detention by the Federal Court. The court upholds a decision made in August by the immigration division of the board, which ordered Othman Hamdan released. Hamdan has been... Read more »