Government of Canada

Government of Canada

January 07, 2008 10:56 ET

Government of Canada Announces New Funding for Research on Immigration and Diversity

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), today announced funding of $7.5 million over five years for the national Metropolis Project for research on globalization, migration and diversity.

The funding includes $3.1 million from SSHRC and $4.4 million from a consortium of federal departments and agencies led by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The Metropolis Project was established in 1995 as an SSHRC and CIC joint initiative and has grown into a unique partnership of policy makers, researchers and practitioners that is both national and international in scope.

"The successful integration of immigrants is crucial to Canada's social and economic well-being," said Minister Finley. "We have much to gain from exploring the effects of migration on the strength of our economy, the security of our nation, and the relationships between different cultures living side by side within our borders."

"The Metropolis Project is addressing urgent societal issues as we attempt to build a more inclusive society and to understand the connections between immigration and globalization. Metropolis also provides invaluable training for students who assist in this research, thus building future capacity," said Dr. Gaffield. "This effort clearly shows the benefits of investing in knowledge and talent, as set out in the Government of Canada's new Science and Technology Strategy."

The funding will ensure the continued operation of five regional research centres based in Halifax/Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. The centres bring together universities, governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to form one of the largest networks of policy makers and scholars in the world in the field of migration and diversity.

Since 1995, the national Metropolis Project has supported research, public policy development and knowledge mobilization on migration, diversity and immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world.


In 1995, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) entered into a partnership to support the national Metropolis Project. The goal of the project is to support research and public policy development on population migration, cultural diversity and the challenges of immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world. A second phase of the project ran from 2002 to 2007.

The Metropolis Project is funded by SSHRC and a consortium of federal departments and agencies led by CIC, which also coordinates many activities through the Metropolis Secretariat. Participating departments include the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Canada Border Services Agency, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canadian Heritage, the Federal Economic Development Initiative in Northern Ontario, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Justice Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Rural Secretariat, the Co-Operatives Secretariat and Statistics Canada.

The program, which in Canada is organized as five regional centres of excellence, is built on collaborative partnerships between all three levels of government, academic researchers and community organizations. Phase 3 research activities will include the following topics, among others:

- the role of host communities in attracting, retaining and integrating newcomers;

- how Canada's justice and security systems can ensure a balanced and fair approach to an increasingly diverse population;

- citizenship and social, cultural and civic integration of newcomers and minorities;

- the relationship between housing, neighbourhoods and integration;

- the consequences of migration for families, children and youths; and

- economic and labour market integration.

In addition to the research funded by the centres, the third phase of the project will introduce a $125,000 a year national research competition managed by the new National Metropolis Committee (NMC). The NMC will also manage a new knowledge transfer fund of approximately $200,000 a year designed to facilitate the transfer of research results to the federal policy community.

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  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Media Relations
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    Riley Denver
    Communications Advisor