Vancouver 2024

7th Metropolis Identities Summit & The 2Nd Metropolis Social Determinants of Health conference


October 30 - 31, 2024

The Sheraton Wall Center, Vancouver British Columbia

*PleASE Note* The Metropolis Social Determinants of Health (MSDH) conference will be hosted in Vancouver at the Sheraton Wall center hotel along with the Metropolis Identities Summit. MSDH will run in parallel with the Metropolis Identities summit where delegates from either event may attend sessions from both events

7th Metropolis Identities Summit

Renewing Canada - Migration, Intersections and Evolving Identities

This edition of the Metropolis Identities Summit will focus upon the particular ways in which our society is evolving and what this implies for addressing the needs of the population across varying and intersecting gender, ethnic, racialized, religious, linguistic and other groups. How do we reduce social and economic disadvantage, maximize access to health care and education and promote citizen engagement? How best can we diminish tension between communities, foster dialogue and strengthen intergroup relations? How do we respond to misinformation and disinformation about diversity and migration? The Summit will invite reflection on good practices in combating discrimination, racism and prejudice.

To submit a proposal for a session, please see the tab "Call for Proposals"

The 2nd MSDH conference

Emerging Practices to Address Health Access and Promote Health Awareness

Despite universal health care in Canada, there are important disparities in access to health care as well as in the quality of care extended to vulnerable groups. Multiple and varied social and demographic factors account for such disparities, and it is crucial to identify and document their underlying causes.

The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a decline in public trust in the health care system. The pandemic also gave rise to widespread concerns over the spread of misinformation and disinformation. Uneven degrees of health awareness and general health literacy are another significant cause of disparities in health outcomes. There is an urgent need to strengthen the population's capacity to secure, comprehend, and act upon sound health information.

The Metropolis Social Determinants of Health Conference aims to examine the demographic, social, economic, political and behavioral factors that impact access to quality health care and health literacy. Understanding the factors that influence health outcomes among immigrants in Canada is a key focus area.

For additional information, contact James Ondrick at

Call for proposals

As we have passed the deadline for proposals for sessions, the on-line submissions porthole is now closed. You may submit a proposal for a session for the MSDH until July 31. 2024

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MSDH Call for proposals

Submission Form - MSDH Vancouver 2024

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MSDH Pre-conference forum 9 am - 5 pm, October 29 Sheraton Wall Vancouver Hotel

The National Newcomer Navigation Network (N4) and Metropolis have partnered to offer a  special pre-conference conference forum focusing on key social determinants of health.  On October 29th, the N4-MSDH Forum will offer a unique opportunity to hear from field experts regarding three focused areas. This will be followed by facilitated sessions for attendees to develop a mutual understanding of the path forward, including a concrete plan for their roles in addressing the root causes of health inequities. Attendance will be limited to 75 participants. If you wish to attend this special event you must register for it apart from the October 30-31 MSDH/Identities conference via the conference website registration page.  The rate for this day long event is $125.00 - note space is limited.


Early Bird Registration ends August 11th, 2024

Registration Type Earlybird Regular
NGO / Student - One Day $195 CAD $250 CAD
NGO / Student - Two Days $365 CAD $445 CAD
Regular - One Day $250 CAD $280 CAD
Regular - Two Days $445 CAD $545 CAD
MSDH PRE-CONFERENCE FORUM - October 29th $125 CAD $125 CAD
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Book a Hotel room

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

1000 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9
Hotel website

Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $259 per night.

Book your group rate for Metropolis Identities Conference

Reservations may also be made by mentioning your reservation is for the Metropolis conference by telephone by contacting the reservations department at 604-331-1000 or by email at

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is September 28 2024. Limited rooms are available. Following September 28 2024 the rate and/or availability of rooms is no longer guaranteed

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about the metropolis institute

The Metropolis Institute (MI) pursues research and supports policy deliberations while providing key national and multinational platforms for knowledge mobilization.


Supporting cross-sectoral cooperation, the Metropolis Institute serves as a trusted bridge for interaction, dialogue and learning between practitioners, policymakers, researchers and civil society through national and multinational knowledge mobilization programs.
We aim to provide reliable and timely research, data and analysis to enhance understanding of migration, integration and inclusion.


Metropolis Institute has three flagship publications that are integral to its knowledge transfer mandate.
1. The Canadian Issues magazine showcases academic work in the form of short essays designed to expand Canadians’ knowledge about their country.
2. A second publication, Canadian Diversity, introduced in 2000, focuses on the challenges confronting Canada and other countries arising from migration and rapid demographic change.
3. A third publication - The Metropolis eBook - highlights a selection of the cutting-edge cross-sectoral presentations in the immigration field intended for the annual Metropolis Canada Conferences.