John Deutsch Institute Conference on

"Canadian Immigration Policy for the 21st Century"

October 18-19, 2002

Queen's University (Dunning Hall Conference Room)

Organizers: Charles Beach (Queen's), Alan Green (Queen's) and Elizabeth Ruddick (CIC)

Friday, October 18, 2002 (Macro Issues)

8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Registration: Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Session 1: International Context and Immigration Policy Goals
Chair: Charles Beach

  1. Introductory Remarks (Alfred MacLeod)
  2. International Immigration Environment and New Continental Security Realities (Janice Stein)
  3. What is the Role of Immigration in Canada's Future? (Alan Green)

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break

10:00 - 12:00 p.m. Session 2: Role of Immigration in Meeting Demographic and Labour Market Needs
Chair: Arthur Sweetman

  1. Effect of Immigration on Demographic Structure (Rod Beaujot)
  2. Comparative Occupational Mobility of Immigrants (Ted McDonald, Chris Worswick, Marc Frenette and Vincent Hildebrand)
  3. Immigration, Immigrant Wealth, and Capital Accumulation in Canada: A Long-Run Perspective (Stuart Wilson)
Discussants: Daniel Parent and Xuelin Zhang

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Session 3: Decentralization of Immigration Policy
Chair: Naomi Alboim

  1. The Location Choice of New Immigrants to Canada: The Role of Ethnic Networks (Ted McDonald)
  2. The Manitoba Experience (Gerry Clément)
  3. The Quebec Perspective (Gilles Grenier)
Discussants: Tom Jensen and Samuel Laryea

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Session 4: International Labour Mobility and Policy Responses
Chair: Elizabeth Ruddick

  1. Earnings of Immigrant Men in Canada: The Roles of Labour Market Entry Effects and Returns to Foreign Experience (David Green and Chris Worswick)
  2. Canadian Skilled Immigration Policy in Comparative Perspective (John McHale)
  3. A Canadian Evaluation Model for Unskilled Temporary Immigration (Don DeVoretz)
  4. Impact of Immigration on Productivity in Canada (Alice Nakamura, Masao Nakamura and Erwin Diewert)

Discussants: Renée St.-Jacques and Julian Betts

Conference Reception and Dinner -- Four Points Sheraton Hotel

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Dinner: Guest speaker -- David Card speaking on "Canadian Emigration"

Saturday, October 19, 2002 (Micro Issues)

8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session 5: Canadian Immigration Data: What's Available for Policy Research and How is it Being Used?
Chair: David Gray

  1. Admission Categories and Post-Arrival Earnings Growth of Canadian Immigrants: Evidence from the IMDB (Mike Abbott)
  2. Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (Martha Justus and Jessie-Lynn MacDonald)
  3. New Immigration Data at Statistics Canada (Doug Norris)

Discussants: Craig Dougherty and Barry Chiswick

Brief Break

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Session 6: Immigrant Integration Issues I -- The Changing Immigrant Experience in the Labour Market
Chair: Chris Worswick

  1. The Falling Earnings of New Immigrants in Canada's Cities (Bert Waslander)
  2. Effects of Business Cycles on the Labour Market Assimilation of Immigrants in Canada (Abdurrahman Aydemir)
  3. Are Immigrant Elderly a Burden? (Mike Baker and Dwayne Benjamin)
  4. Source Country Schooling Quality and Immigrant Labour Market Outcomes in Canada (Arthur Sweetman)

Discussants: Louis Grignon and Tom Crossley

11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Session 7: Immigrant Integration Issues -- Social Inclusion (Part 1)
Chair: Jeffrey Reitz

  1. Immigrant Skill Recognition in Managerial and Professional Occupations in the Emerging Knowledge Economy (Jeffrey Reitz)
  2. Public Attitudes Toward Immigrants and Immigration: Determinants and Policy Implications (Victoria Esses)

12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. Session 7: Immigrant Integration Issues -- Social Inclusion (Part 2)
Chair: Jeffrey Reitz

  1. Emerging Visible Minority Neighbourhoods in Canada's Large Cities and the Implications for Immigrants' Labour Market Outcomes (Feng Hou and Garnett Picot)
  2. Higher Education and Labour Market Outcomes for Non-Traditional Students in Canada: The Case of Racial Minorities and Immigrants (Paul Anisef, Robert Sweet, George Frempong, Zeng Lin and Carl James)
  3. Mental Health of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Children in Canada (Violet Kaspar)

Discussant: Eric Fong

Brief Break

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Session 8: Wrap-Up Panel on Future Directions and Broad Labour Market Issues for Immigration Policy for the 21st Century
Chair: Alan Green

Topics include:

Demand for lower-skilled service-sector jobs and role for lower-skilled immigrants

What kind of economy will we have in the next decade (changing nature of work and occupational structure), and what kind of labour will be needed?

Accommodating short-run shortages vs long-run skill needs (temporary workers vs permanent-residents)

Trade-offs between assessed immigrants vs family reunification

Issues in the recognition of foreign credentials and skills

Possible harmonization of policies and procedures with the US

Is immigration indeed the right policy for above objectives?

Panelists: Naomi Alboim, Barry Chiswick, Don DeVoretz, Craig Riddell and Yvan Turcotte

Conference Sponsor

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from Citizienship and Immigration Canada.

Conference Information

Conference to be held at the Hand/Purvis Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Dunning Hall, Queen's University, Kingston.

Conference registration fee is $300.00, plus GST, payable to the John Deutsch Institute* (GST Registration #R107868705). Registration is limited so please register early.

*A special rate will apply for academics.

Please make cheque payable to the John Deutsch Institute and mail to: Sharon Sullivan, John Deutsch Institute, Queen's University, Dunning Hall, Room 219, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Four Points Sheraton, 285 King Street East, for the nights of Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at a special conference rate of $149.00 per night, plus taxes. Reservations can be made directly by calling the Four Points Sheraton at 1-888-478-4333 and say that you are booking under the Block of Rooms "John Deutsch Institute". The block of rooms will be available until October 4th, so please book your room as soon as possible.

Conference Organizers

Charles Beach, Department of Economics, Queen's University
Phone: (613) 533-2278, e-mail:

Alan Green, Department of Economics, Queen's University
Phone: (613) 533-2268; e-mail:

Elizabeth Ruddick, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ottawa
Phone: (613) 957-5907; e-mail:

If you would like to register for this Conference, please fax Sharon Sullivan at (613) 533-6025 with the registration form which is attached in pdf format [click here for registration form]. As well, mail a cheque to her at the address below.

For further information contact: Sharon Sullivan, Administrative Assistant, John Deutsch Institute, Dunning Hall, Room 219, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2294; FAX (613) 533-6025

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