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Metropolis Canada 2010 Conference

Date and time

2010.03.18 to 2010.03.21, 5:30 AM to 5:30 AM


The 2010 National Metropolis Conference will focus on immigration and inclusion with special attention to economic development and the meeting of cultures.

The deterioration of economic conditions—high unemployment rates and low income among the latest cohorts of immigrants—coupled with the recent global economic crisis, has made economic development an issue that cannot be ignored. But economic development cannot be separated from labour force needs and the delicate balance between those needs and immigration policy.

Equally important are issues of inclusion and cultural diversity. Montréal has long been a crossroads of European and North American cultures, but co-existence, social interactions, pluralism in education, religious diversity and intercultural challenges are now more complex, involve new regions, and call for new perspectives.

These issues will be explored during the plenary sessions, roundtables and workshops in the six priority areas that make up the Metropolis program:

1 Citizenship and social, cultural, linguistic and civic integration
2 Economic and labour market integration
3 Family, children, youth
4 The role of the host communities for newcomers and minorities;
5 Justice, policing and security
6 Housing, neighbourhoods and the urban environment


225,75 $


The Sheraton Centre


1201, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest






Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Target groups

Policymakers, Journalists, Employers, agencies and their representatives, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Free employment services, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, Social security, Remittances and co-development programs, Trips abroad and re-entries, Recrutement / placement agencies, Housing standards, Migration expenses reimbursement mechanisms, Impartial hearing before deportation, and Status regularization procedures

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, and Federal


French and English