22nd Metropolis Canada Conference

Beyond 2020: Renewing Canada’s Commitment to Immigration

22nd Metropolis Canada Conference

Beyond 2020: Renewing Canada’s Commitment to Immigration

March 19-21, 2020

RBC Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Conference Co-chairs

  • Professor Lori Wilkinson, University of Manitoba / Canada Research West
  • Abdikheir Ahmed, Director, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW)

Opening Remarks

  • The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, MP, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (invited)
  • The Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Training, Government of Manitoba (invited)
  • Mayor Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg

Plenary Sessions

•  Indigenous Orientation Toolkit-Building Bridges between Indigenous and Newcomer Communities

The objective of this plenary is to showcase innovative and award-winning programs and strategies that bring newcomers and Indigenous peoples together as part of our nation’s strategy for reconciliation. Often, newcomers arrive to Canada with little or no knowledge of Indigenous peoples. The work done by the panelists in this session has helped advance reconciliation and educational foundations in this area.

• Living the Border: Crossings, Crises and Commitments to Refugee Protection

Canada’s land border with the United States is almost 9,000 kilometres long — the longest international border in the world.  How Canada conceives of its border and controls those who cross it speaks to Canada’s humanitarian commitment to refugees.  This plenary will look at border policies and practices in North America and the effect on those needing or trying to cross for protection.  Panelists will speak to their experiences of the border from the perspectives of policy-making, asylum-seeking, academic scholarship and advocacy.  With the continuance and court challenge of the Safe-Third Country Agreement, how can we better understand and approach our borders?

• Municipal Engagement in the Attraction, Settlement, and Integration of Newcomers

While immigration has traditionally been a shared responsibility between federal and provincial governments, there is increasing recognition of the value of municipal engagement in immigration and settlement efforts. From large urban centres to smaller rural communities, municipal leaders have an important role to bring together community stakeholders and create more welcoming communities for newcomers. This panel will present on promising municipal practices from Quebec, Manitoba, and Japan.

• Confronting Anti-Immigrant Sentiment: Xenophobia, Racism and the Rise of Populism

Across Europe and North America, populist movements have frequently targeted migrants.  Certain politicians and journalists have stoked fears and anxieties about migration blaming immigrants for the country's social and economic problems.  Anti-immigrant sentiment, xenophobia and racism are increasingly pervasive in social media.  What has contributed to the rise of populism? How can Canadian policy-makers, academics and civil society best respond to this troubling phenomenon? What actions are most effective in combating xenophobia and racism in Canada and elsewhere?  How can we forcefully engage in the Canadian public conversation around migration?

Photo credits: Dan Harper

Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, November 15, 2019.

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Submission Form

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Special Events

• Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Metropolis Welcoming Reception: The Canada Lecture & Visit to The Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Canadian Museum of Human Rights, 85 Asper Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 0L5.

Program and details to be posted shortly.

• Friday, March 20, 2020, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Mayor Brian Bowman and the City of Winnipeg Welcome Metropolis delegates.

Location, program and details to be posted shortly.

Please note: Special events are free of charge, but the space is limited. You must register for the event (one ticket per conference delegate).


Registration Type Earlybird Regular
Regular - Three Days $375 CAD $475 CAD
Regular - One Day $190 CAD $260 CAD
NGO / Student - Three Days $275 CAD $375 CAD
NGO / Student - One Day $135 CAD $185 CAD
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You have until January 10, 2020 to take advantage of our earlybird rates.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds less a $25.00 cancellation fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to metropolis@acs-aec.ca prior to February 17, 2020. Following this date, no refunds will be given.

Exhibitors and Partners

Partners, sponsors, advertisers and exhibitors will benefit from direct access to delegates from all three levels of government, NGO/service provider and community organizations, academia and the private sector. Over 700 researchers, policy-makers and community practitioners from across Canada are expected to attend the conference. You can showcase your educational materials, research, products and services and network directly with this highly targeted audience.

22nd Metropolis Canada Conference partners:

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Book a hotel room

• Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg

350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2

Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate of $141 to $226 per night. Book your group rate for Assoc. for Cdn Studies-Attendees to obtain the special rate for Metropolis Conference delegates.

To book: click here.

If reserving by phone, the number is 1-844-294-7309 and the conference booking code is ACA.

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is Tuesday February 18, 2020. Limited rooms are available.