Due to rising COVID-19 infection rates and new local and government restrictions, we have made the decision to move this year’s Pathways to Prosperity National Conference to a fully virtual event. Below we indicate what this means for registration, the agenda, and the calls for workshops and posters.
The Ninth Annual Pathways to Prosperity National Conference and the Pathways to Prosperity Conference for Local Immigration Partnerships and Réseaux en immigration francophone will be held virtually on November 8-10, 2021. In addition to the keynote speaker, plenaries, and workshops, activities will include discussion forums and access to posters and to exhibitors across the three days of the conference. All registrants will also have access to the Virtual Workshop Series to take place in January – March 2022.
The theme for this year’s conference is: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: Post-COVID Strategies to Address Enduring Challenges in the Settlement and Integration of Newcomers in Canada. This theme acknowledges that many of the topics that we will be covering are not new but instead are enduring issues that require our sustained attention in order to support the settlement and integration of newcomers in Canada in the post-COVID era. It is not enough to cover these topics as a one-off in a single conference or event. We must work to engage with them at a deep level in order to truly understand and promote meaningful change. Topics to be highlighted will include anti-racism initiatives and initiatives to address Islamophobia, strategies for supporting Indigenous-immigrant relations, and how to optimize immigration and settlement in Canada post-pandemic for the benefit of of all using our research, policy and practice.
To be inclusive, we will be providing simultaneous interpretation (English/French) for the keynote speaker and plenary sessions, along with closed captioning.
Call for Proposals for Workshops
All accepted workshops will now be presented virtually, either during the Pathways to Prosperity Conference on November 8 and 9, or during the Virtual Workshop Series in January to March 2022. Workshop sessions will be 75 minutes and should include a chair and 3-4 speakers, leaving sufficient time for discussion. To submit a workshop proposal, please click here. Workshops in English and French are invited.
We have extended the deadline for submissions and we must now receive your workshop submission by September 24 in order for it to be considered. Acceptance of workshops will be announced by October 1. Please note that all accepted workshop chairs and presenters must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fees.
Based on feedback from our stakeholders, we are inviting workshop submissions on the following topics:
– Supporting the settlement of immigrants with complex needs and those who are multi-barriered
– Supporting welcoming communities and measuring our effectiveness
– Indigenous-immigrant relations
– Anti-racism initiatives and initiatives to address Islamophobia
– Francophone immigration outside of Quebec
– Immigration to rural, remote and northern communities
– Programs to address gender-based violence
– Supports for helping internationally trained newcomers gain access to their professions in Canada or alternative possibilities
– The future for international students
– Changing needs for settlement services post pandemic and for those selected through the temporary resident pools
– Immigrant and refugee youth
– Immigrant and refugee seniors
– Lived experiences of newcomers during the pandemic
– Addressing mental health needs of newcomers
– Use of new technologies to provide services and information to immigrants
– Impact measurement and role of evaluation in the sector
– Immigrant selection – who gets in
– Safe, affordable, and suitable housing for newcomers
Call for Proposals for Posters
All accepted posters will now be presented virtually. A variety of opportunities for viewing posters and discussing their details with presenters will be available throughout the conference. In order to submit a poster proposal, please click here. Posters in English and French are welcome.
We have extended the deadline for submissions and we must now receive your poster submission by September 24 in order for it to be considered. Acceptance of posters will be announced by October 1. Please note that all accepted poster presenters must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fees.