Future Immigration Policies: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada February 29 - March 3, 2012
The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.
The 14th National Metropolis Conference will be held on February 29, 2012- March 3, 2012 at Westin Harbour Castle, in Toronto, Ontario.
The 2012 National Metropolis Conference will focus on future immigration trends and policies and the challenges and opportunities that they create for Canadian society. The conference will include six plenary panels with distinguished speakers and workshop and roundtable sessions on a wide variety of topics related to immigration and persity. We anticipate over one thousand participants from Canada and abroad.
Multiculturalism, a hallmark of Canadian society, is now under the microscope. Canadian immigration policies have also changed dramatically with a revised selection system for permanent immigrants, an expanding temporary foreign worker program, and new paths to permanence for temporary workers and international students. Provinces now exercise more control over immigration and municipalities play a role in settlement policies. The Safe Third Country and Smart Border agreements and the proposed North American security perimeter are transforming border security. With these recent policy transformations as the backdrop, the conference will explore the policies and practices that will foster the inclusion of new Canadians in the future. Speakers will discuss policies from different parts of the world, allowing participants to better understand alternative policies and their potential impacts on Canada.