NEWS RELEASE- JUNE 21, 2013
Toronto, Canada – CERIS is pleased to share that we are embarking on a new phase in immigration and settlement research. After extensive consultation, idea sharing, and planning, we are announcing a new centre that will build upon our achievements and improve on what we’ve learnt after 17 years producing and sharing new knowledge. The new CERIS will continue to be a joint initiative of the founding universities and community partners and to maintain offices at York University.
In 1996, the Canadian immigration and settlement landscape was a different place. There were many questions about our rapidly changing society and the lives of newcomers that were arriving, often to the province of Ontario. Through the Metropolis Project, CERIS played a central role in carrying out research and creating communities to influence how people think by providing solid and grounded evidence. 17 years later, a strong and vibrant field of immigration and settlement research exists and thrives throughout Ontario. A network of deeply engaged researchers, community members working with newcomers, and policy makers at all levels now exchange views and information and have formed relationships through our research and networking initiatives.
With a strong established field of research alive with activities led by CERIS and many others, we are now shifting our focus from the production of research to the mobilization of knowledge. Immigration and settlement research is only as good as its potential to better the lives of those it aims to understand. The new centre will partner with research initiatives and work to promote new and existing knowledge. Leveraging its extensive network and expertise in mobilising immigration and settlement research, the centre will continue bringing people together to inform policy and practice through evidence.
Fiercely proud of 17 years of success and excited about this new phase, we are fully committed to engaging our extensive network and continuing to build it over the years to come. We look forward to your involvement in this collaboration making maximum use of evidence to improve the lives of newcomers, immigrants, refugees, and migrants in Ontario.
CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre