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What Does Bill C-51 Mean for Migration and Migrants in Canada?
This blog entry by Keegan Williams, a doctoral candidate in the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University, points out four components of Bill C-51 that will further restrict migrant mobility in to and out of Canada: 1) a broad definition of activities which “undermine the security of Canada”; 2) information collection, sharing, and disclosure; 3) increasing ministerial authority; and 4) enforcement. Blog Post.
 

Calls

Online Courses on Refugee Mental Health
If you are a settlement, social service, or health care professional providing services to refugees in Ontario, the Refugee Mental Health Project at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health invites you to enroll in these free and accredited online courses on refugee mental health. Learn more.
 
Fifth Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association
The two associations invite session proposals and individual paper submissions for their joint annual conference, “Immigration, Ethnicity and Diversity in 150 Years of Canada: Looking Back, Going Forward,” to be held from October 23 to 24, 2015, in Gatineau, Quebec. The deadline is August 1. Learn more.
 
2015 International Metropolis Conference – Migrants: Key Players in the 21st Century
Organizers encourage researchers and practitioners to present in one of the working sessions through individual paper submissions and/or to participate as a delegate in this conference to take place in Mexico City from September 7 to 11. Learn more.

Resources

Health Profile on Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth in Canada
The Canadian Institute of Child Health, in partnership with the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health, has launched a new online module that examines the health of immigrant and refugee children and youth. Read more.
 
Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in Canada?
This mapping exercise from the Mowat Centre urges re-instatement of the mandatory long-form census to increase geographic reach and reliability of data for documenting how communities in Canada are doing on their own and in relation to each other. Read more.
 
Rethinking Global Protection: New Channels, New Tools
This new report from the Migration Policy Institute’s Transatlantic Council on Migration sketches the sources of strain on the international protection regime and outlines two new avenues that have the potential to re-invigorate it: development- and international mobility-focused approaches. Read more.
 
40th Anniversary of the Indochinese Refugee Movement to Canada
To mark the occasion, the Canadian Immigration Historical Society has launched a special website containing historical documents and links to other material. Read more.
 

Research and Policy Updates

Reopening the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program
To remain open from May 25 to December 30, 2015, this federal program targets high investments and immigrants with skills and abilities, with the objective of stimulating Canada’s economy and promoting growth. Learn more.
 

Events in the Community

Canada’s MIPEX Scores: Is Canada Still an Immigrant Integration Leader?
The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) is a fully interactive tool and reference guide to assess, compare, and improve integration policy in various countries, including Canada. How does Canada compare to other countries in terms of granting immigrants access to citizenship, health care, and the labour market? Is Canada still an international leader when it comes to integration? These issues will be discussed at a May 27 event at Ryerson University. Learn more.
 
Toronto Newcomer Day
Celebrate the first annual Toronto Newcomer Day on Friday, May 29 at Nathan Phillips Square from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. Newcomer Day is an opportunity to welcome newcomers and acknowledge their contributions to the city. Learn more.
 
Migration and Late Capitalism: Critical Intersections with Asia-Pacific and Beyond
This conference will be taking place from June 11 to 13, 2015, at the University of Victoria. Learn more.
 

News

Canada takes a step back on immigration policy
This opinion piece contends that recent policy changes are having an adverse effect on migration to and migrant experiences in Canada.  To read the article, click here.

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