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National Immigration Centre

Goals of the Centre

  • Build a strong empirical base and foster dialogue among stakeholders to generate common understanding, shared purpose, and collaborative action.
  • Raise public awareness of the nature and importance of immigration to Canada’s economy, society, and culture.
  • Track and report on the immigration system’s performance in achieving Canada's economic, social, and cultural goals.

Featured Research


Image of report coverAttract and retain more international students: Six Suggestions to Attract and Retain International Students in Quebec | Version française

40 pages, February 2017
International students represent an undeniable asset for Quebec in educational, social, cultural, demographic and economic terms. This research report contains six suggestions to help the province attract and retain more of them.  

This publication includes an English Executive Summary, followed by a French version of the full report.

Image of report coverPlus diplômés, mais sans emploi. Comparer Montréal : le paradoxe de l’immigration montréalaise

80 pages, December 2016
Ce rapport se penche sur le phénomène de l’immigration à Montréal, en comparant la performance de la métropole québécoise avec celle des principales autres villes nord-américaines. Huit propositions sont mises de l’avant pour assurer une meilleure intégration des immigrants.

Image of report coverSowing the Seeds of Growth: Temporary Foreign Workers in Agriculture

26 pages, December 2016
This briefing looks at the important role of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in alleviating critical labour shortages in Canada’s agriculture sector and proposes an alternative way to think of TFWs in agriculture.

Image of report coverA Long-Term View of Canada’s Changing Demographics: Are Higher Immigration Levels an Appropriate Response to Canada’s Aging Population?

39 pages, October 2016
This report measures how demographic changes, particularly to immigration levels or fertility rates, might reduce some of the economic and fiscal costs of an aging Canadian population.

Image of report coverA Primer on Canada’s Foreign Workers

71 pages, September 2016
The June 2014 overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) resulted in significant policy reforms, and changes to how the Canadian government groups and reports foreign worker data. This report enhances readers’ understanding of the changes.

Image of report coverBrain Gain 2015: The State of Canada’s Learning Recognition System

94 pages, January 2016
What is the state of Canada’s learning recognition system today? This study (15 years after the initial study) finds that we still have much to gain by recognizing immigrants’ learning credentials.

Upcoming Events

Canadian Immigration Summit 2017
May 2017 | Ottawa

Past Events

Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit 2016
December 6-7, 2016 | Toronto

Canadian Immigration Summit 2016
April 4–5, 2016 | Ottawa

Canadian Immigration Summit 2015
April 13–15, 2015

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Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate II, Education and Immigration Research