Immigrant Settlement Policy in Canadian Municipalities

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Erin Tolley, Robert Young
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jun 30, 2011 - Social Science - 344 pages
Canada has, by most accounts, one of the most successful immigration programs in the world, a function of the policies, programs, and services that assist newcomers. Immigrant settlement is a crucial policy field that involves governments, communities, and a range of social forces. Constitutionally, immigration matters are an area of shared jurisdiction, but the federal government has long been the dominant player. Provinces and municipalities, however, are now pushing for an expanded policy role, increased resources, and governance arrangements that recognize the important part they play in immigrant settlement. Drawing on a great many in-depth interviews with government officials and front-line workers, contributors provide a comparative assessment of approaches to immigrant settlement in nineteen Canadian municipalities. This is complemented by a discussion of the federal government's role in this policy field, and by a comprehensive introduction and conclusion, which ground the book historically and thematically, synthesize its key findings, and provide recommendations for addressing the challenges related to intergovernmental cooperation, settlement service delivery, and overall immigrant outcomes. Individual chapters examine the mechanics of public policy-making but also tell a story about diverse and innovative approaches to immigrant settlement in Canada's towns and cities, about gaps and problems in the system, and about the ways in which governments and communities are working together to facilitate integration. Contributors include Zainab Amery (Carleton University), Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa), Guy Chiasson (Université du Québec en Outaouais), Rodney Haddow (University of Toronto), Rachida Abdourhamane Hima (Government of Canada), Christine Hughes (Carleton University), Serena Kataoka (University of Victoria), Junichiro Koji (University of Ottawa), Warren Magnusson (University of Victoria), Daiva Stasiulis (Carleton University), Erin Tolley (Queen's University), and Robert Young (University of Western Ontario).

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Who Invited Them to the Party? FederalMunicipal Relations in Immigrant Settlement Policy
2 Federal Policies on Immigrant Settlement
3 From Government to Multilevel Governance of Immigrant Settlement in Ontarios CityRegions
Finetuning a Provincial Template
5 Multilevel Governance and Immigration Policy in Nova Scotia
6 Immigrant Settlement Policy in British Columbia
7 Conclusion

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Erin Tolley is a Trudeau Scholar and PhD candidate in Political Studies at Queen's University.

Robert Young is professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance.

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