Myer Siemiatycki is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, which he served as Chair from 1991 to 1996.
A member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Myer was the founding Director (2004-2008) of the Interdisciplinary MA program in Immigration and Settlement Studies.
In 2012, Dr. Siemiatycki was appointed as the first Jack Layton Chair. Click here for more on the appointment. To support the Jack Layton, click here for further information and to donate online.
Dr. Siemiatycki received his B.A. from McGill University, his M.A. from University of Sussex (UK), and his Ph.D. from York University (Canada).
Most of Myer's teaching has been in three areas: courses on Local Government (PPA122), Labour Policy (PPA319) and Immigration Politics (POL129). His research interests typically explore intersections of immigration, urban and labour studies in Toronto.
Myer is a frequent media commentator on political matters. His career achievements include: Distinguished Educator Award, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (1992); Ryerson Popular Professor Citation, Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities (2003 thru 2006 inclusive): Research Domain Leader, the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration & Settlement (2001-06), Ryerson University Faculty Service Award. Active in the Ryerson community, Myer has contributed to organizing such campus events as the Ryerson Union Fair, and Ryerson Holocaust Education Programming.
Three decades of teaching at Ryerson have passed quickly, but not fond recollection of fine students I have known. I look forward to more.
- “Who Votes in Toronto Municipal Elections?” (with Sean Marshall). Maytree Foundation Report, October 2014, 44pp.
- “Resisting Precarity in the Toronto Municipal Sector: The Justice and Dignity For Cleaners Campaign” [with Jenny Carson (History, Ryerson)]. Just Labour 22 (Autumn 2014): 168-185.
- “Non-Citizen Voting Rights and Urban Citizenship in Toronto.” Journal of International Migration and Integration. 30 April 2014: DOI: 10.1007/s12134-014-0333-9.
- “Privatization won't solve Toronto's transit problems” (OpEd with Matti Siemiatycki). Toronto Star 21 February 2014.
- “Toronto: Integration in a City of Immigrants.” In Immigration, Integration, and Inclusion in Ontario Cities, ed. Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa), John Biles (Metropolis Project), Meyer Burstein (Consultant), Vicki Esses (University of Western Ontario), Erin Tolley (Queen's University), 23-48. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012.
- “Think Piece.” In Governance Gridlock: Solving the Problem for 21st Century City-Regions, ed. Anne Golden and Sophie Knowles, 75-77. Toronto: Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning, 2013.
- “Taking it to the Streets: A Municipal Role in Immigrant Integration.” Maytree/Cities of Migration, Practice to Policy: Lessons From Local Leadership on Immigrant Integration (2012): 15-18.
- Diverse Pathways to Immigrant Political Incorporation: Comparative Canadian and U.S. Perspectives (ed. with Sarah J. Mahler). Special Issue, American Behavioral Scientist 55:9 (September 2011).
- “Introduction” (with Sarah J. Mahler). American Behavioral Scientist 55:9 (September 2011): 1123-1130.
- “Governing Immigrant City: Immigrant Political Representation in Toronto.” American Behavioral Scientist 55:9 (September 2011): 1214-1234.
- Review of Municipalities and Multiculturalism: The Politics of Immigration in Toronto and Vancouver by Kristin Good. Canadian Public Administration 54:2 (June 2011): 312-314.
- “Is it party time for municipal elections?” Toronto Star (op-ed), 25 October 2010, A23.
“Municipal Voting Rights for Non-Canadian Citizens.” Toronto: Mowat Centre Policy Innovation, July 2010.
- "International Perspectives On Immigrant Service Provision" (with Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos). Toronto: Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, 28 May 2010 (25 pp).
- “Marginalizing Migrants: Canada’s Rising Reliance on Temporary Foreign Workers.” Canadian Issues (Spring 2010): 60-63.
- “Toronto Election 2010: Toronto’s Lost Voters.” The Mark, 12 March 2010.
- "The View From Ontario: Immigration, Diversity & Multi-Level Government Response." Diversite Canadienne 8:1 (Hiver/Winter 2010): 37-41.
- Electing a Diverse Canada : The Representation of Immigrants, Minorities, and Women, ed. (with Caroline Andrew, John Biles, and Erin Tolley). Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008.
“Reputation and Representation: Reaching for Political Inclusion in Toronto.” In Electing a Diverse Canada : The Representation of Immigrants, Minorities, and Women, ed. Caroline Andrew, John Biles, Myer Siemiatycki and Erin Tolley, 23-45. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008.
- “Invisible City: Immigrants Without Voting Rights in Urban Ontario,” Our Diverse Cities 4 (Fall 2007): 166-168.
- “State and Media Construction of Transnational Communities: A Case Study of Recent Migration from Hong Kong to Canada” (with Valerie Preston). In Organizing the Transnational: Labour Politics, and Social Change, eds. Luin Goldring and Sailaja Krishnamurti, 25 – 39. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007.
- “Dual Citizenship among Hong Kong-Canadians: Convenience or Commitment?” (with Valerie Preston and Audrey Kobayashi). In Dual Citizenship in Global Perspective: From Unitary to Multiple Citizenship, eds. Thomas Faist and Peter Kivisto, 203-226. London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
to rethink right to vote in civic elections." Toronto
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Municipal Franchise and Social Inclusion in Toronto: Policy and Practice."
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- “Transnational Urbanism: Toronto at
a Crossroads” (with V. Preston and A. Kobayashi). In Transnational
Identities and Practices in Canada, ed. Vic Satzewich and Lloyd
Wong, 91-110. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006.
- “Diversity Our Strength: The Toronto
Experience.” Transition (Summer 2006): 11-15.
- “Réponses urbaines a la diversité:
le cas de Toronto.” In La religion dans la sphère
publique, ed. S. Lefebvre, 115-136. Montréal: Presses
de l’Université de Montréal, 2005.
- “Contesting Sacred Urban Space: The
Case of Eruv.” Journal of International Migration and Integration
6:2(Spring 2005): 255-270.
- “Suburban Success: Immigrant and Minority
Electoral Gains in Suburban Toronto” (with Andrew Matheson).
Canadian Issues / Thèmes canadiens: Newcomers,
Minorities and Political Participation in Canada (Summer 2005):
- “Introduction” (Guest Editor).
Canadian Issues / Thèmes canadiens: Immigration
and the Intersections of Diversity (Spring 2005): 3-4.
- “Newcomer Services in the Greater Toronto
Area: An Exploration of the Range and Funding Sources of Settlement
Services” (with April Lim, Lucia Lo, and Michael Doucet). CERIS
Working Paper 35 (January 2005): 1-59. A report of the Joint Centre
of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) –
- “Integrating Community Diversity in
Toronto: On Whose Terms?” (with T. Rees, R. Ng and K. Rahi).
In World In A City, ed. Paul Anisef and Michael Lanphier,
373-456. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.
- “Ethno-Racial Political Representation
in Toronto: Patterns and Problems” (with Anver Saloojee). Journal
of International Migration and Integration. Vol. 3:2 (Spring
- “Transnationalism & Civic Participation:
Hong Kong Migration to Canada” (with V. Preston). CARS (Canadian
American Research Symposium) 1:1 (Fall 2003): 40-45.
- “Formal and Non-Formal Political Participation
by Immigrants and Newcomers” (with Anver Saloojee). Canadian
Issues / Thèmes canadiens: Immigration (April 2003):
- “Making Space for Mosques: Struggles
for Urban Citizenship in Diasporic Toronto” (with Engin Isin).
In Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society,
ed. Sherene Razack, 185-209. Ottawa: Between the Lines Press, 2002
- “Multiple Identities and Marginal Ties:
Russian Jewish Youth in Toronto” (with Paul Anisef, and Etta
Working Paper 19 (October 2002): 1-29. A report of the Joint Centre
of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS)-
- “The Great War, the State and Working
Class Canada” (with Craig Heron). In The Workers' Revolt
in Canada, 1917-1925, ed. Craig Heron, 11-42. Toronto: University
of Toronto Press, 1998.
- “Immigration, Diversity and Urban Citizenship
In Toronto” (with Engin Isin). Canadian Journal of Regional
Science XX:1-2 (Spring-Summer 1998): 73-102.
- “The Stanley Cup Strike of 1925.”
In NHL Stanley Cup Centennial Book, ed. D. Diamond, 60-66.
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992.
- “Munitions and Labour Militancy: The
Hamilton Machinists' Strike of 1916.” In Canadian Labour
History: Selected Readings, ed. David J. Bercuson, 119-137. Toronto:
Copp Clark, 1987.