Who We Are

CERIS is Ontario’s leading network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working in the field of migration and settlement. It serves as the knowledge exchange hub for all three communities and in the interest of all migrants and the general public.

Our Mission:

As a network of stakeholder communities and a medium of knowledge exchange, CERIS strives to:

•  Bring together researchers, policymakers at all levels of government, and community-based practitioners for a dialogue
on migration and settlement and populations of interest.

•  Organize, mobilize, and share knowledge within and across stakeholder communities.

•  Contribute to informed policy and service intervention for the betterment of migrant lives.

•  Contribute to informed discussion and perception of migration and settlement issues among the general public.

Our History:

CERIS (Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement) was established in 1996 as one of the regional centres of excellence under the national Metropolis project.  Later renamed as the Ontario Metropolis Centre, CERIS has been a partnership of Toronto’s three universities (Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and York University) and three major community organizations (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Social Planning Toronto, and United Way Toronto) with representation from all levels of government since its beginning. With Metropolis funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a consortium of 14 federal departments and agencies, CERIS created a significant body of knowledge and a strong community of interest involving researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in migration and settlement in the Greater Toronto Area and across Ontario (please visit the archived website for more detail on the history of CERIS).

When the Metropolis project came to an end in 2012, the founding members of CERIS decided to continue the partnership with a renewed emphasis on bridging migration research, policy, and practice across Ontario and beyond. The new CERIS is the outcome of that decision.