The Economic and Social Impact of COVID-19 On Immigration, Integration and Settlement in Canada

November 12 & 13, 2020 – Online Conference

The COVID-19 Social Impacts Network and Metropolis Canada will be holding a virtual Summit on November 12 and 13th, 2020.

The veritable reshaping of Canada’s economy and society as a result of the COVID-19/ Corona virus pandemic has had a profound impact on international immigration. Since the outbreak of the contagion there has been a considerable decline in the numbers of immigrants coming to Canada. Rising unemployment, declining income, mental health challenges and uneven access to health care are amongst a myriad of issues confronting immigrant service providers and policy-makers across the country. The border between Canada and the United States is closed and the Safe Third Country Agreement is under review. The reunification of families, the admission of refugees, and the recruitment of economic migrants is all in flux.  And there is considerable empirical evidence pointing to the uneven economic and health impacts on newcomers arising from the contagion. Racial inequality has emerged to the very centre of concern as we collectively address the effects of the contagion. Alongside the virus is the increased awareness of institutional and systemic racism that combine with other inequalities to make the experience of the virus and participating in the social protection measures more difficult and dangerous for some Canadians.

On the ground, settlement services have found new ways to strengthen service delivery to meet the emerging needs of newcomer communities.  New priorities, directions and partnerships have formed and new voices are being centered as we strive towards achieving authentic and lasting social equity.  Opportunities for renewing Canada’s commitment to immigration have emerged, and questions around the sustainability of Canada’s complex migration policies have been highlighted. More than ever, it is critical for service providers, researchers and policymakers to work together to identify solutions. With this objective in mind, on November 12 and 13th, 2020, the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network, Metropolis Canada will be holding a virtual summit on the critical issues confronting Canadians.

Call for Proposals

We’re inviting a limited number of workshop proposals to be submitted with a particular focus on recommendations aimed at addressing the many challenges in the area of immigration, integration and settlement and ideally employing evidenced-based presentations in response to the ongoing crisis.

For details on workshop topics, please refer to the Call for Proposals.

Submission Deadline: October 16, 2020


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