The Canadian Council for Refugees (Janet Dench, Executive Director) is a non-profit umbrella organization of approximately 170 member organizations across Canada involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants. It is providing leadership to the emerging International Networking on Refugee Rights, growing out of an international conference that brought together close to 500 participants (most NGOs) from over 30 countries. CCR will contribute to the Global Knowledge Cluster project by expanding and reinforcing links among its participant organizations. It also has the capacity to help the Cluster project increase its impact among policy makers.
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) is concerned with Canada’s foreign policy, rules-based trading arrangements and the expansion of market access at bilateral, regional and global levels. DEFAIT works with a range of partners inside and outside government in the areas of economic opportunity and security in Canada and for Canadians.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) presides over immigration and refugee issues in Canada as one of the federal government organizations. CIC provides immigration services and supports resettlements for newcomers and refugees into the Canadian society in cooperation with other government organizations, international organizations such as IOM and UNHCR, and non-government organizations dealing with refugees and immigrants.
Metropolis Project is an international forum for comparative research and public policy development about population migration, cultural diversity and the challenges of immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world. Its goal is to enhance academic research capacity on migration issues. The international arm of the project involves partnerships with policy makers and researchers from over 20 countries. Metropolis will assist in the identification of potential sources of funding, hosting and participating in meetings, and contributing to scholarship on refugee issues as well as disseminating information. (Howard Duncan, Executive Head). Canadian Metropolis Research Centres: There are five regional metropolis centres across Canada with which the CRRN has an association through the Metropolis Project.
- Metropolis Atlantic Centre of Excellence
- Montréal Centre for Inter-university Research on Immigration, Integration and Urban Dynamics (IM),
- Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) – Valerie Preston, Co-Director (York University),
- Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration (PCERII)
- Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM) – Dan Hiebert, Co-Director (University of British Columbia)