Design, in collaboration with the advisers and in support of the work of the regional actors, innovative practices of regionalization of immigration, which are based on interventions to identify and prepare immigrant candidates for settlement in a region.

Client: Institut de recherche sur l’intégration professionnelle des immigrants     

Areas of intervention: Adaptation to social and climate change

Services: Support and accompaniment; Analysis and diagnosis

Year: 2015

Researcher: Jean-Daniel Glazer

The concentration of immigration in urban areas is a global phenomenon. In Canada, over 60% of Canada’s immigrant population resides in one of Canada’s three major urban centers – Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver. Although the Québec government introduced an immigration regionalization policy in 1992 in order to better share the demographic, economic and social benefits of immigration between the various regions, the data shows that immigrants continue to settle mainly in the Montréal Census Metropolitan Area (CMA).

This is due in part to three factors:

  1. the low popularity of the regions among immigrants;
  2. the lack of knowledge about life in the regions (especially those furthest from Montreal);
  3. the closed attitude of the community and/or employers of the regions towards immigrants.