25th Metropolis Canada Conference

25 Years of Conversation on Migration: Our Legacy, Our Future

SUMMARY

25th Metropolis Canada Conference

25 Years of Conversation on Migration: Our Legacy, Our Future

March 16-18, 2023 | The Westin Ottawa, Ontario

9am - 4:30pm each day
TO BE HELD IN PERSON

This year will mark 25 years since the first National Metropolis (Metropolis Canada) conference was held. Today, Metropolis Canada is by far the country’s largest annual gathering of immigrant service providers, policy makers and researchers. It’s thanks to so many of you who come to the Conference each year that we’ve remained the country’s premier event on key issues around immigration, integration and settlement. Over twenty-five years of conversation together, we’ve created an unprecedented body of work on migration. This anniversary offers us an important opportunity to take stock of how immigration, integration and settlement have evolved over time and reflect upon what the future might hold. It also comes at a pivotal time with the country admitting record numbers of newcomers as our world navigates elevated degrees of economic and political and environmental uncertainty.

Please join us in Ottawa at Westin from March 16-18th 2023 for the annual Metropolis Canada Conference: “25 YEARS OF CONVERSATION ON MIGRATION: OUR LEGACY, OUR FUTURE”. We fully expect this will be the largest Metropolis Canada Conference to date.

The call for proposals aims to cover the widest possible range of topics on immigration, integration, inclusion and identities. As always, immigrant service providers, policy makers and researchers and other key stakeholders from across Canada will have the opportunity to hold in-depth conversations about emerging policy needs, best practices share the latest data and research findings so we can all leverage the vast knowledge that has been cultivated from our Metropolis network to move the immigration conversation forward.

SPEAKERS POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Access the speakers' PowerPoint presentations by clicking on this link.

Please note that we make available the presentations that have been sent to us.

program

Metropolis francophonie mondiale

Veuillez noter que le premier jour du congrès Metropolis Canada (le 16 mars) offre un bloc de
programmation (3 ateliers/tables rondes) d’un intérêt particulier au rôle de la migration dans l'espace francophone en partenariat avec Metropolis Francophonie Mondiale.

La migration est une réalité qui façonne l’humanité depuis la nuit des temps. Accélérée par la mondialisation et le changement climatique, elle est aujourd’hui un enjeu majeur pour les pays de l’espace francophone.  Ces pays répartis sur les cinq continents sont à la fois lieux de départ, de transit, de destination et d’accueil des pLes mouvements migratoires contribuent aux rencontres et échanges socioculturels ainsi qu’à la formation d’identités hybrides et de communautés diasporiques. Ils posent cependant des défis qui peuvent exercer des impacts profonds sur la construction identitaire tant au niveau individuel que sociétal et donc générer des tensions ou des conflits parfois violents. Cette table ronde traitera de ces enjeux et promouvra également une réflexion sur le rôle de la langue française dans les dynamiques migratoires.

La conférence Metropolis Francophonie Mondiale propose un espace de dialogue et de partage de connaissance des questions migratoires  au sein de cette francophonie dans toute leur complexité et en ouvrant la porte à tous les acteurs. 

La première rencontre en personne qui aura lieu à Ottawa le 16 mars 2023, est construite autour des trois thèmes suivants:

Table ronde 1: Migration et enjeux identitaires dans l'espace francophone international 

Séance A3 - 11h00 – 12h15

Les mouvements migratoires contribuent aux rencontres et échanges socioculturels ainsi qu’à la formation d’identités hybrides et de communautés diasporiques. Ils posent cependant des défis qui peuvent exercer des impacts profonds sur la construction identitaire tant au niveau individuel que sociétal et donc générer des tensions ou des conflits parfois violents. Cette table ronde traitera de ces enjeux et promouvra également une réflexion sur le rôle de la langue française dans les dynamiques migratoires.

Table ronde 2: Migrations, déplacements et mobilités forcées 

Séance B4 - 13h45 – 15h00

Dans le cadre de cette table ronde, nous aborderons une gamme d’enjeux relatifs aux déplacements forcés en raison de conflits et d’instabilité politique ainsi que d’États et systèmes politiques autoritaires. L’influence des facteurs environnementaux et des changements climatiques dans ces mouvements migratoires sera aussi objet de discussion. Nous examinerons également comment la cause du départ peut avoir un impact sur le statut conféré et à l’accueil offert dans le pays d’asile, un accueil de plus en plus citoyen.  

Table ronde 3: États des lieux de la recherche sur les migrations dans l'espace francophone 

Séance C1 - 15h30 - 16h45

Dans une perspective plus globale, nous réfléchirons à l’état des connaissances sur les migrations dans l’espace francophone en contexte de mondialisation. Seront également mises en exergue l’importance des recherches comparatives et à grande échelle sur les dynamiques migratoires, ainsi que les politiques d’immigration, d’accueil, d’intégration des personnes migrantes et de réinstallation des réfugiés. Enfin nous discuterons des acteurs francophones manquant à la mobilisation des connaissances migratoires et des actions pour les intégrer.

Registration

We have reached venue limitations, registration is now closed for this conference.

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Pre-conference forum

The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC)

9am-3pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Room Governor General 1, The Westin Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario

Cost: $95 per person; $45 for students

On March 15, 2023, join the Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) as we present and discuss recent research on social integration, economic outcomes, education, and the mental and physical wellbeing of refugee children, youth, and families across Canada. 

New Research to Inform Policy and Practice

The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) is a network of academics, service providers, community partners, and government agencies. Funded through a $2.5M SSHRC Partnership Grant, we have carried out more than 90 studies over the past five years, as well as promoted best practices and knowledge mobilization.

What to Expect

This workshop will bring together researchers, service providers organizations (SPOs), community partners, and people with lived experience (PWLEs) to discuss supports that are needed at home and in schools to support refugee children and youth. Participants will also consider how research is used by SPOs and community partners to support refugee children, youth, and families, and how this impact can be strengthened. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

CYRRC is very pleased to welcome as our keynote speaker, Hanen Nanna — a war survivor and Syrian refugee who made Toronto home in 2016. Hanen is one of the youngest social entrepreneurs in Canada and the founder of BAM - Books Art Music Collective. She was an Ontario caucus advisor to the House of Commons and currently works in politics. Hanen is passionate about bridging gender gaps and increasing women's political power. In 2021, she was featured on CBC’s “The Dream Team” and received mentorship from Manjit Minhas — the famous venture capitalist from Dragons’ Den.

PANEL DISCUSSION

The panel discussion will bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the question of how best to support

refugee children, youth and families at home, school, and in the community. Panelists include:

Susan Brigham, Mount St. Vincent University - Persisting and resisting: Youth with Refugee

Experience accessing education in Halifax.

Reza Nakhaie, University of Windsor - Mental Health of Newcomer Refugee and Immigrant

Youth During Covid-19.

Redab Al Janaideh, University of Toronto - Language and Reading Development of Refugees.

Jean de Dieu Basabose, University of Waterloo - Promoting Emotional Well-Being in Refugee Newcomer Families in Waterloo Region: The Case of Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre

Moderator: Michael Ungar, Dalhousie University

Draft Agenda (subject to changes)

The panel discussion will bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the question of how best to support

9:00-9:30 Opening statements and keynote address

9:30-10:30 Presentations

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Panel discussion

11:45-12:15 Group activity

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Fishbowl discussion

2:00-2:45 Group activity

2:45-3:00 Closing remarks

Visit to the Canadian Museum of History and the Metropolis Canada 25th Anniversary Reception Special Event

Friday, March 17, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0M8

Cost: $50 per person

Conference EXHIBITORs

· S.U.C.E.S.S

· The Future Skills Centre - Diversity Institute

· Bio Talent Canada

· College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants / Collège des consultants en immigration et en citoyenneté

· Refugee 613

· The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) / L'Association Canadienne des Conseillers Professionnels en Immigration

· NSD Tech /CARMIS Inc

· Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC bc)

· The Community Health Worker’s Network of Canada

· Windmill Microlending

· World Education Services (WES)

· Jewish Immigrant Services

· PeaceGeeks / Immigrant Networks

· YMCA of the National Capital Region “WESO” (Wired: Evaluation Settlement Online)

· The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC)

· Royal Roads University

· CBC – Radio Canada

· Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence / / Le centre d’excellence en matière d’immigration pour la protection de l’enfance

· The Calgary Newcomers Collaborative (CNC)

· UBC Press

· Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan

· Ottawa Catholic School Board

· Centre d’expertise sur le bien-être et l’état de santé physique des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile (CERDA)

Book a hotel room

Please note the complete list of 6 hotels below as the Westin, Fairmount and Novotel may soon be sold out of rooms at the conference rate.

• Westin Ottawa

11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9H4
Tel: +1 613 560-7000 | https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/yowwi-the-westin-ottawa/overview/


Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $189 per night.
> Book a room directly here with the conference code our special rate.


The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is February 22, 2023. Limited rooms are available. Following February 22, the rate and/or availability of rooms is no longer guaranteed.

• Fairmont Chateau Laurier

1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8S7
Tel: +1 (613) 230-1414 | https://www.fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa/


Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $209 per night.
> Book a room directly here to obtain our special rate.


The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is February 21, 2023. Limited rooms are available. Following February 21, the rate and/or availability of rooms is no longer guaranteed.

• Novotel Ottawa

33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9M7
Tel: +1 (613) 230-3033 | https://www.novotelottawa.com


Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $159 per night.
> Book a room directly here to obtain our special rate.

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is February 14, 2023. Limited rooms are available. Following February 14, the rate and/or availability of rooms is no longer guaranteed.

• Alt Hotel Ottawa

185 Slater St., Ottawa, ON K0C 0C8
Tel: 1.844.258.6882 | https://www.novotelottawa.com


Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $194 per night.
> Book a room directly here to obtain our special rate.

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is February 6, 2023. Limited rooms are available. Following February 16, the rate and/or availability of rooms is no longer guaranteed.

• Les Suites hotel Ottawa

130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M9
Tel: (613) 232-2000 | https://www.les-suites.com/


Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $229 per night.
> Book a room directly here to obtain our special rate.

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is February 14, 2023. Limited rooms are available. Following February 21, the rate and/or availability of rooms is no longer guaranteed.

• Andaz Ottawa Hotel Byward Market - a Concept by Hyatt

325 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7G1
Tel: (613) 321 1234 | https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/canada/andaz-ottawa-byward-market/yowaz?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_yowaz


Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $189 per night.
> Book a room directly here to obtain our special rate.

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