ACS has two flagship publications that are integral to its knowledge transfer mandate. The Canadian Issues magazine showcases academic work in the form of short essays designed to expand Canadians’ knowledge about their country. A second publication, Canadian Diversity, introduced in 2000, focuses on the challenges confronting Canada and other countries arising from migration and rapid demographic change.

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.


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Why Are Canadians Researching Their Family History?

This article is an excerpt from CITC The Personal Past: History, Identity and the Genealogical Impulse (Spring/Summer 2020) Author: Leighann Neilson is Associate Professor of Marketing at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. Her personal interest in family history research motivated her to conduct the Canadian Genealogy Survey, in collaboration with D.A. Muise, Professor of History, Carleton University. This project was funded, in part, by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant.

Date: 1 July, 2020

Key Topics: Canadian Issues Article, Heritage

Who Am I? Reflections on Measuring Ethnic Ancestry in Canada

This article is an excerpt from CITC The Personal Past: History, Identity and the Genealogical Impulse (Spring/Summer 2020) Author: Jane Badets served as Canada’s Assistant Chief Statistician, Social, Health and Labour Field, where she had responsibility for a broad range of social statistics including health, justice, education, labour, income, immigration, Indigenous peoples, population estimates and demography. She was also responsible for Statistics Canada’s microdata access program, including its Research Data Centres. Now retired, Ms. Badets previously held a number of other senior positions at Statistics Canada, including responsibility for the Education, Labour and Income Statistics Branch, and for the Census Subject Matter, Social and Demographic Branch. Throughout her career, Ms. Badets worked on various Censuses of Population. She oversaw the content and analysis of the 2016 Census. Ms. Badets has authored several articles and publications on immigration and ethnicity. She holds two graduate degrees, including a Master’s in Public Administration. Her undergraduate degree was in political science and economics.

Date: 1 July, 2020

Key Topics: Canadian Issues Article, Heritage

The Personal Past: History, Identity and the Genealogical Impulse

Contributors: Randy Boswell; Tanya Evans; Natalie Ward; John D. Reid; Leighann C. Neilson; Jane Badets; Jack Jedwab; Jean Teillet; Robert Vineberg; Sara Macnaull; Nora Spinks; Nicole Watier; Margaret Ann Wilkinson; Tracy Arial

Date: 26 June, 2020

Key Topics: Canadian Issues

Linguistic Duality, De Jure and De Facto – Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Official Languages Act

Contributors: Miriam Taylor, Diane Gérin-Lajoie, Jack Jedwab, Shana Poplack, Robert J. Talbot, Geoffrey Chambers, Richard Slevinsky, Nathalie Dion, Jean-Philippe Warren, Richard Y. Bourhis, Matthew Hayday, Suzanne Robillard, Jean Johnson, Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Fred Genesee, Basile Roussel

Date: 19 November, 2019

Key Topics: Canadian Issues, Education, Heritage, Official Languages, Quebec

Made to Measure: Statistics Canada @100

Contributors: Randy Boswell, Jan Kestle, Dylan Saunders, Raymond Théberge, Musah Khalid, Michael Haan, Martha Patterson, Katherine Wall, Robert Talbot, Doug Norris, Sen. Donna Dasko, Myriam Hazel, Gustave Goldmann, Jack Jedwab

The Futuristic Past: Technology, Memory and History in the Age of AI

For a journalist and writer of popular history, these are pretty exciting times. Background information that used to take many hours or even days to com- pile can now be gathered online in mere minutes. Instead of roaming library shelves, interviewing experts or semi-randomly scrolling through micro- film of 19th-century newspapers, I can instantly, directly and efficiently tap remarkably rich veins of research through Google Books, newspapers. com, (that’s the digital version of the wonderful Dictionary of Canadian Biography), and, yes, the much- mocked but incredibly useful Wikipedia. Then there’s Library and Archives Canada’s amazing web portal to so much of the country’s digitized documentary heritage, including countless historical photographs and other vintage images. Toss in a few other treasure troves — the Virtual Museum of Canada,,, — and it’s no exaggeration to say that, today, the nation’s and even the world’s history is essentially at my fingertips.
Contributors: Randy Boswell, Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Dr. Jaigris Hodson, Moysés Marcos, Benjamin C. Storm, Dr. Stéphane Lévesque, Anthony Wilson-Smith, Jack Jedwab, Ian Milligan, Deborah Morrison, Dr. Nancy Salay, Robert Cassidy

Date: 13 November, 2018

Key Topics: Canadian History, Canadian Issues, Social History, Technology & Media

Canada in 2067: A Nation’s Trajectory

Contributors: Randy Boswell, William Watson, Christian Bourque, Anil Arora, Jack Jedwab, John Milloy, Irvin Studin, Monica Boyd, Don Kerr

1967 to 2017: Canada Transformed

Contributors: Randy Boswell, Dominique Clément, Jack Bumsted, Ken McGoogan, Veronica Strong-Boag, Victor Rabinovitch, Nelson Wiseman, Jean-Phillippe Warren, Jack Jedwab

Date: 12 November, 2017

Key Topics: Canadian History, Canadian Issues, Heritage, Social History

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