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National Immigration Centre

2017 Immigration Conference audience and speaker

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

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450,000 Immigrants Annually? Integration is Imperative to Growth

44 pages, October 2017
Canada is evaluating how many immigrants to admit in the years to come. This report contributes to the conversation by forecasting the economic and fiscal impacts of three immigration scenarios from 2017 to 2040.

Report coverImmigration to Atlantic Canada: Toward a Prosperous Future

84 pages, September 2017
This report evaluates why the Atlantic region needs immigrants, its immigration trends and issues, and the new Atlantic Immigration Pilot and offers suggestions to support improvements to the region’s immigrant attraction and retention efforts.

Report coverAn Innovative Immigration System at 150 and Beyond

32 pages, August 2017
This report summarizes the Canadian Immigration Summit 2017’s discussion points and recommendations on how Canada can strengthen its immigration system and gives an overview of the importance of immigration to Canada’s economic future.

Report coverA New Era: Canadian Immigration Governance in the 21st Century

76 pages, June 2017
Which immigration responsibilities are better off being managed by the federal government or provinces and territories? This report proposes an aspirational approach to Canadian immigration governance in the 21st century.

Image of report coverEntrepreneur and Investor Immigration: Creating Jobs and Growth 

94 pages, May 2017
This report provides policy insights and suggestions to help strengthen entrepreneur and investor immigration’s role in supporting job creation and economic growth in Canada.

Image of report coverBringing the World to Quebec: Six Suggestions to Attract and Retain More International Students | Version française

35 pages, April 2017
International students represent an undeniable asset for Quebec in educational, social, cultural, demographic and economic terms. But Quebec isn't recruiting as many of them as it might. This research report contains six suggestions to help the province attract and retain more of them.  

This publication is available in English and French.

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.

2018 Conference

Canadian Immigration Summit 2018
May 30–31, 2018 | Ottawa

Past Conferences

Canadian Immigration Summit 2017
May 9–10, 2017 | Ottawa

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
Senior Research Associate and Senior Network Manager, Immigration