Metropolis is Canada’s Largest Conference on Immigration and Integration

Deadline: November 28th, 2016

Objectives of the Workshop Program

A main objective of the National Immigration Conference is to facilitate dialogue and exchange between researchers, government, and nongovernment (community and private) sector partners. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to include participants from each of the three sectors in your workshop proposal. Another objective of the workshop programme is to explore issues that are national in scope or that can be compared across the provinces and territories. We encourage you to include participants from various regions of Canada to provide a comparative or national perspective on the issues being discussed in your workshop. Other country comparisons with Canada are also welcome.

Session formats

Workshops (90 minutes):

Workshops will usually consist of four to a maximum of five presentations of approximately 15 minutes each followed by at least 20 minutes of discussion. Workshop coordinators will preside over the session or designate another individual to do so.

Roundtables (90 minutes):

The roundtable format is suitable for more informal discussions of emerging issues or controversies. It is a very effective format for the exchange of information and experiences among a relatively small number of people. The organizer or designated person chairs the roundtable with up to a maximum of 7 other discussants. The 8 person limit per roundtable discussion is recommended because of the actual physical arrangement of the tables around which the discussions will take place. Extra chairs will be available. Please note that the roundtables take place in one large room, with multiple discussions taking place simultaneously.

Poster Sessions:

Poster sessions provide an alternative format through which conference participants can share research which has not been otherwise presented. Posters should provide some conclusive results, even if preliminary. Poster presenters must provide their own display materials.

Submit your Proposal

Please note that you will be required to include the following information with your submission:
  • Name and contact information
  • Format of your session (workshop or roundtable)
  • Title of your session
  • Names of co-organizers (if applicable)
  • Names of presenters including their affiliation, email address and titles of their presentation
  • 50-word abstract which will be included in the program (please make sure it is descriptive, but is also formulated to interest as many conference participants as possible)
  • 250-word summary for consideration by the Adjudication Committee


We will be accepting workshop proposals on themes related to immigration and diversity in Canadian society, with the central theme being “Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and beyond”. Some suggested topics include:

Selection (Demography Challenges, Policies and Programs)

  • Refugees
  • International students
  • Temporary Foreign Workers
  • Families, children and youth
  • Newcomer Retention and Secondary Migration
  • Population Growth Strategies
  • Economic immigration
  • Entrepreneurs and Investors
  • Express entry
  • Human mobility and resilience (institutional, individual, community)
  • Geographic mobility and social mobility

Settlement and Access to Services

  • Access to Housing
  • Finding Employment
  • Employment Training
  • Language Instruction
  • Immigration and Social determinants of Health
  • Services for Youth and Children
  • The Role of the Host Community


  • Intergovernmental Cooperation on Immigration and Integration
  • Immigration and the Specific Role of Cities and Municipalities
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration and Human rights
  • The Challenge of Service Provision to Newcomers
  • The Role of the Business Community
  • Attracting and Promoting Immigration to Canada

Identities and Integration

  • Demographics and the Changing Composition of Canada
  • Models of Immigrant Integration
  • Interculturalism and Multiculturalism
  • Indicators and Measures of Immigrant Integration
  • Living Together (le Vivre Ensemble)/Community Relations
  • Gender and Migration
  • Multiple Identities
  • Immigration and Official Language Minorities
  • Accommodation of Difference
  • Immigration History and Immigrant Narratives
  • The Second Generation
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Cultural practices and the Arts
  • Language Identities
  • Civic Participation/Citizen Engagement
  • Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism
  • Metropolis
  • ACS - AEC
  • Carleton
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