Connecting with Canadians

Research Area:

Diversity

Immigration has played a major role in building Canada. Until the 1960s, the majority of immigrants originated in Europe or the United States. In the decades since, Canada has opened its doors more widely. As a result, we are now one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world.

The increasing diversity of Canadians has brought with it new challenges, but also new opportunities - for defining ourselves, developing new standards of common citizenship, and fostering belonging. The willingness of Canadians to grapple with these issues has earned Canada a reputation worldwide as a pluralist society that works. The Canadian diversity model is of interest to the peoples of Africa and Asia as well as Europeans.

CPRN has argued that finding a balance between competing claims within a liberal democratic system of governance is both the major challenge and the major accomplishment of the Canadian diversity model. Our ongoing research builds on this insight.



Publications:

Title Type Publishedsort desc.
Time to Let Aboriginal Youth Shape Their Future Commentary 10 Sep 2009
Pathways for First Nation and Métis Youth in the Oil Sands Research Report 16 Apr 2009
Diversity: Canada's Strength Policy Briefs 19 Apr 2007
Diversity – Canada's Strength Presentation 16 Nov 2006
Immigration, Diversity and Social Inclusion in Canada's Cities Research Report 24 Jan 2003
Time to Strengthen Canada's Commitment to Diversity Commentary 30 Apr 2002
Citizenship: Its Relationship to the Canadian Diversity Model Presentation 16 Apr 2002
The Canadian Diversity Model: A Repertoire in Search of a Framework Research Report 26 Nov 2001
Backgrounder: Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Diversity: The Canadian Experience Other 31 May 2000
Backgrounder: Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Diversity: The Canadian Experience - Response by Avigail Eisenberg Commentary 31 May 2000
Backgrounder: Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Diversity: The Canadian Experience - Response by Tariq Modood Commentary 31 May 2000
Backgrounder: Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Diversity: The Canadian Experience - Response by Will Kymlicka Commentary 31 May 2000