Conference Board’s Canadian Immigration Summit returns for 4th year

April 26, 2018

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

By 2035, almost 100 per cent of Canada’s population growth will be through immigration. Beyond the numbers, it’s important Canada’s focus is not just on welcoming newcomers, but also on integrating them. This May 30-31, 2018, in Ottawa, the Canadian Immigration Summit, presented by the Conference Board of Canada, will be discussing just that.

A unique conference where stakeholders from across the country come together to discuss ways to strengthen Canada’s immigration system, this year’s summit’s theme is on strengthening the economy and settlement program.

Due to its aging population and low birth rate, Canada is increasingly relying upon immigrants to spur economic growth. But a key question is: How can Canada better harness the skills of its newcomers to enhance immigration’s economic benefits? The answer largely depends on maintaining a strong settlement program that equips newcomers with the tools that they need to thrive in Canada’s economy and society.

The two-day event will kick off with a welcome presentation by Kareem El-Assal, the Conference Board’s senior research associate and senior network manager, immigration.

Next up, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is invited to provide an update on the Government of Canada’s recent immigration achievements and its current priorities, followed by a presentation on immigration in the age of automation by Sunil Johal, policy director, Mowat Centre. (Read Canadian Immigrant’s interview with Johal on this topic.)

Canadian Immigrant magazine is proud to sponsor the plenary session on strengthening our settlement program, a priority for the immigration system today.

Read the full agenda of sessions here.

Other issues to be tackled at the summit include:

  • Federal growth agenda: What steps can Ottawa take to spur innovation, entrepreneurship, investments, international trade, and inclusive growth through immigration?
  • Business community: How can we strengthen their role in the immigration system?
  • Meeting Canada’s labour market needs: How can we better ensure the regionalization of immigration and that newcomers address labour market needs in key sectors?
  • Provincial Nominee Program at 20: Where do we go from here?
  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program at 40: What lessons have we learned?
  • Settlement program: How can we improve service delivery, including language training, foreign qualification recognition, stakeholder collaboration, supports for temporary residents, funding models, and measuring outcomes?
  • Geopolitics: How are global events impacting Canada and how is Canada impacting the world?

Learn more and register online for the Canadian Immigration Summit here.

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