Call for proposals

20th National Metropolis Conference

Immigration Futures: Marking 20 Years of the National Metropolis Conference

Westin, Calgary - March 22th - 24th 2018

Deadline: November 27, 2017

Objectives of the Workshop Program

This year marks the twentieth edition of the National Metropolis Conference with the main objective of facilitating interaction between researchers, government, and service providers (the community and private sector partners). We continue to encourage participation from each of the three sectors in the formation of workshops. We further encourage workshops that offer a comparison of experiences from across cities, provinces and territories. Other country comparisons with Canada are also welcome. Several approaches can be taken in the construction of workshops, we suggest a focus on such things as (1) the presentation of evidence-based research around current policies and practices (2) measuring the impact of policy and program changes; (3) presenting new concepts, methodologies and innovative practices in the area of selection and integration; (4) documenting the factors that contribute to successful integration and (5) good practices in building successful partnerships and improving collaboration across sectors.

Session formats


(90 minutes):

Workshops will usually consist of three to a maximum of five presentations of approximately 15 minutes each followed by at least 20 minutes of discussion. Workshop coordinators will preside over the session or designate another individual to do so.


(90 minutes):

The roundtable format is suitable for more informal discussions of emerging issues or controversies. It is a very effective format for the exchange of information and experiences among a relatively small number of people. The organizer or designated person chairs the roundtable with a minimum of 3 and up to a maximum of 10 other discussants. The 10 person limit per roundtable discussion is recommended because of the actual physical arrangement of the tables around which the discussions will take place. Extra chairs will be available. Please note that the roundtables take place in one large room, with multiple discussions taking place simultaneously.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions provide an alternative format through which conference participants can share research which has not been otherwise presented. Posters should provide some conclusive results, even if preliminary. Poster presenters must provide their own display materials.

Submit your Proposal

Please note that you will be required to include the following information with your submission:

  • Name and contact information
  • Format of your session (workshop or roundtable)
  • Title of your session
  • Names of co-organizers (if applicable)
  • Names of presenters including their affiliation, email address and titles of their presentation
  • 50-word abstract which will be included in the program (please make sure it is descriptive, but is also formulated to interest as many conference participants as possible)
  • 250-word summary for consideration by the Adjudication Committee


We will be accepting workshop proposals on themes related to immigration and diversity in Canadian society, with the central theme being “Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and beyond”. Some suggested topics include:

Selection (Demography Challenges, Policies and Programs)

  • Refugees
  • Results of the 2016 census on immigration
  • The 2041 Projections on Immigration and Diversity
  • International students
  • Temporary Foreign Workers
  • Families, children and youth
  • Newcomer Retention and Secondary Migration
  • Population Growth Strategies
  • Economic immigration
  • Entrepreneurs and Investors
  • Express entry
  • Human mobility and resilience (institutional, individual, community)
  • Geographic mobility and social mobility
  • Global competition for talent

Settlement and Access to Services

  • Canada’s pre-arrival settlement services
  • The role of point of entry services
  • Survey of settlement service users
  • The role of Employers
  • Language Learning
  • Foreign credential assessment
  • Access to Housing
  • Finding Employment
  • Employment Training
  • Language Instruction
  • Immigration and Social determinants of Health
  • Immigration and Mental Health
  • Aging and Immigration
  • Services for Youth and Children
  • Combatting Isolation
  • Network building
  • The Role of the Host Community


  • Intergovernmental Cooperation on Immigration and Integration
  • Immigration and the Specific Role of Cities and Municipalities
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration and Human rights
  • The Challenge of Service Provision to Newcomers
  • The Role of the Business Community
  • Attracting and Promoting Immigration to Canada
  • Schools
  • Community Mobilization

Identities and Integration

  • Demographics and the Changing Composition of Canada
  • Models of Immigrant Integration
  • Interculturalism and Multiculturalism
  • Indicators and Measures of Immigrant Integration
  • Gender and Migration
  • Multiple Identities
  • Immigration and Official Language Minorities
  • Vulnerable Population
  • LGBT Newcomers
  • Accommodation of Difference
  • Immigration History and Immigrant Narratives
  • The Second Generation
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Cultural practices
  • Civic Participation/Citizen Engagement
  • Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism

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