CERIS organizes seminars, workshops, and panel discussions that promote the sharing of new research findings, policy initiatives, and service innovations. Check the events calendar to learn more about our upcoming events.

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November 2013

Making the Grade? A Civil Society, Research, and Policy Dialogue on the CCR’s Migrant Worker Report Cards and the Treatment of Migrant Workers in Ontario

November 3, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
8th Floor, Room TRS 2-129, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre, The Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) and The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) Present:     Making the Grade? A Civil Society, Research, and Policy Dialogue on the CCR’s Migrant Worker Report Cards and the Treatment of Migrant Workers in Ontario   In 2013 the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) released its Migrant Worker Report Cards, focused on the protection of the rights of migrant workers in the “low-skilled” streams of…

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Lost in the Middle: An Exploration of Everyday Experiences of Indian International Students Studying in Toronto

November 18, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 519, Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 Canada
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Speaker: Dr. Gunjan Sondhi Associate Researcher, University of Sussex, UK. Resident Affiliate, CERIS   Discussant: Dr. Roopa Desai Trilokekar Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University   International students are arriving in Canada in growing numbers. However, very little is known of their experiences in this context. Drawing on research conducted with Indian international students in Toronto, this seminar explores experiences of these students to show how gender and choice of university vs. college shapes experiences of Indian students both…

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January 2014

CERIS Seminar: Panel Discussion on Immigrant Children and Families

January 31, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

CERIS Presents: Panel Discussion on Immigrant Children and Families This panel discussion highlights two unique research projects and one local initiative on immigrant children and families. Monica Valencia will present the findings of her participatory research with a group of Latin American immigrant children in Toronto. Focusing on the growing phenomenon of education migration, Eunjung Lee and Marjorie Johnstone will take up the case of South Korean transnational families mobilizing for their children’s education in Canada. Aamna Ashraf will discuss…

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March 2014

Sharing Knowledge in Immigration and Settlement: Research, Policy, and Service Community Perspectives

March 13, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Sharing Knowledge in Immigration and Settlement: Research, Policy, and Service Community Perspectives As part of the 16th National Metropolis Conference, this workshop discussed knowledge sharing or exchange in immigration and settlement from the perspectives of research, policy, and service communities.The discussion revolved around three key themes: balance of expertise and power between stakeholders, measuring the impact of shared knowledge and learning from other sectors. Panel Summary: In recent years, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners have been paying increasing attention to knowledge…

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April 2014

CERIS-OCASI Panel Discussion on Bill 161: Implications for Immigration and Labour in Ontario

April 15, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration tabled the province’s first-ever immigration legislation on February 19, 2014. Currently being debated in the Legislative Assembly, Bill 161, An Act with respect to immigration to Ontario and a related amendment to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, recognizes the ongoing nation-building role of immigration in forming Ontario’s social, economic and cultural values, also introducing measures for temporary labour migration such as employer registry. This panel discussed the implications of Bill 161 for immigration…

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May 2014

Precarious Housing among Migrant Communities: A Multi-Sectoral Discussion

May 15, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This panel discussed the causes of precarious housing, including homelessness and hidden homelessness, among migrant communities and the housing supports they receive from community and municipal agencies. Insights from the local research, service, and policy initiatives in the Toronto region were complemented with a case study of homelessness among newcomer youth in Finland. The panel was moderated by Tracy Heffernan, Program Director at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario. Speakers Azar Farahani, Agency Review Officer, Housing Stability Policy and Strategic Investments, City of…

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June 2014

Workshop on Recent Doctoral Research Regarding Migration and Settlement

June 11, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

CERIS invites you to an interactive workshop showcasing research findings on migration and settlement by emerging scholars in Ontario. In this all-day event, recent and prospective PhDs presented on three major themes including  New Forms of Precariousness; Migrant Health and Wellbeing; and Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Identity. Following the presentations, the audience had an opportunity to receive hands-on training on how to write research summaries and mobilize research to the general public. Presentations Session One: New Forms of Precariousness (9:00 am…

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September 2014

Panel Discussion: Exploring Immigrants’ Professional Identity and Their Access to Professions

September 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The deprofessionalization and labour market integration challenges of immigrant professionals are well known. However, more attention needs to be paid to the impact of these challenges on the professional identity of immigrants. This multi-sectoral panel explored the ways in which immigrants experience identity growth or identity crisis as they face barriers to professional practice. Policy implications were also addressed, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s policy on removing the "Canadian experience" barrier. First-hand experiences of professional immigrants were shared along with…

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October 2014

Panel Discussion: Citizenship, Permanent Residence, and Migrant Precarity in Canada

October 23, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church Street
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This panel discussion will examine the different stages of migrant precarity with an emphasis on temporary foreign workers, live-in caregivers, and international students. Speakers include: Delphine Nakache, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa; Alfredo Barahona, Indigenous and Migrant Relations Coordinator, KAIROS Canada; Jean Marie Vecina, Co-founder, Caregivers’ Action Group; Rahila Mustaq, Project Manager, COSTI Immigrant Services.

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December 2014

Panel Discussion: How to Better Support the Settlement of Young Newcomer Children

December 4, 2014 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Toronto Central YMCA Centre, YMCA Central Toronto, 20 Grosvenor Street, Auditorium
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2V5 Canada
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This session will explore the unique settlement experiences of newcomer children and
the services, programs, and practices that best address their needs. The panelists will
share findings from research involving newcomer parents and professionals working
with newcomer children. The discussion will highlight recommendations to improve
child care programming in settlement agencies and newcomer families’ access to early
childhood services.

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January 2015

New Directions in Migration Research: Launch of the CERIS Research Synthesis Reports

January 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

CERIS invites you to the launch of its research synthesis reports on migration and settlement. Funded
by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, these reports provide a comprehensive look at existing research, policy, and practice in Canada, focusing on five core areas: Settlement and Integration, Foreign Credential Recognition, Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Refugees. Key themes from the syntheses and recommendations for future research will be discussed.

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March 2015

Immigrant Access to Regulated Professions and Trades in Canada

March 27, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Metropolis Conference Toronto Canada

CERIS will offer a workshop at the National Metropolis Conference on March 27 on the provincial fair access legislations and the resulting steps to improve immigrant access to regulated professions and trades. Panelists representing Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Quebec will discuss the impact of these policy initiatives on application and registration practices and broader public perception of the access issue. To see the full conference program, click here.

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October 2015

Migration and Resilience: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

October 2, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room 519, Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 Canada
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CERIS and the Wellesley Institute cordially invite you to a discussion of the different understandings of resilience in current research about migration. Some research about resilience examines the capacity of migrant individuals and their communities to overcome settlement challenges. Other studies investigate how the many institutions that shape the context of migrant reception become resilient, maintaining their efficacy in the face of funders' shifting priorities, the changing needs of migrants, and evolving public policies. This event will consider some of…

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December 2015

Panel Discussion: Canada’s Response to the Global Refugee Crisis: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

December 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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CERIS cordially invites you to a discussion of Canada’s refugee policy and practice in the context of mounting protection needs. In recent years, Canada has largely shirked its responsibility for international and domestic refugee protection, failing to live up to its postwar reputation as a humanitarian nation. The consequences are real in declining refugee admissions, an unwelcoming domestic environment, and unmet settlement needs. With representatives of research, policy, service, and advocacy communities, this panel discussion will bring these issues to the fore and explore possible courses of action for a new direction in Canadian refugee policy and practice.


Janet Dench, Canadian Council for Refugees
Petra Molnar, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Huda Bukhari, Arab Community Centre of Toronto
Mac Scott, No One Is Illegal


Debbie Douglas, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

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March 2016

The 18th National Metropolis Conference

March 3, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
$95 - $350

    The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations. These organizations get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement. The 18th National Metropolis Conference will be held from March 3-5 at the Westin Harbour Castle, in Toronto, Ontario. The 2016 National Metropolis Conference will focus on future immigration trends and policies and the challenges and opportunities that they create for Canadian…

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International Students as Newcomers to Canada: Demographic Characteristics, Settlement Needs, and Transitioning

March 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Metropolis Conference Toronto Canada + Google Map

CERIS is presenting at the 18th Metropolis Conference: Title of the presentation: International Students as Newcomers to Canada: Demographic Characteristics, Settlement Needs, and Transitioning Amidst the current emphasis on international students as a source of income and human capital for Canada, we often lose sight of the challenges they face as newcomers. Focusing on Ontario, this workshop will highlight the settlement need-service profile, as well as the demographic characteristics and post-graduation trajectories, of this population. Date: Friday, March 4, 2016…

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November 2018

“Settlement Services for Immigrant Women, Youth, and Seniors in Canada: Who Is Falling through the Cracks?”A CERIS Community Panel Discussion

November 21, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Toronto Central YMCA Centre, YMCA Central Toronto, 20 Grosvenor Street, Auditorium
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2V5 Canada

RSVP required here. CERIS cordially invites you to a panel discussion on the state of services for immigrant women, youth, and seniors in Canada. While these groups are generally considered vulnerable to prolonged economic marginalization and social exclusion, the findings of a CERIS knowledge synthesis identify gaps in services and strategies to improve access to services. In this panel discussion, our researchers will share insights into research with immigrant women, youth, and seniors and invite discussants and participants to exchange…

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