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Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Ryerson University has successfully nominated Professor Anna Triandafyllidou to be the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration. Read more on the CERC in Migration and Integration website.

Ryerson University has been selected to nominate a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration with $10 million in funding to bring a world-renowned researcher to Canada to lead an internationally recognized research program. 

The global movement of people – whether it be permanent or temporary, within a country or cross-border, forced or voluntary – is increasingly shaping the political, economic and social processes of the 21st century. Ryerson is well positioned to support the program of a talented researcher who will make important contributions to this ongoing conversation and create solutions that will have a positive impact on the lives of migrants in Canada and abroad. 


Anna Triandafyllidou
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration
Ryerson University
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About Ryerson's CERC in Migration and Integration

The proposed CERC in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University will form a multi-faceted and internationally recognized research program to fundamentally transform knowledge creation, foster global collaborations and impact policy and practice. The CERC will develop outcomes aligned with key elements of the priorities of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The program will:

  • Examine the structural, historical and contemporary factors influencing migration decisions and trends.
  • Compare the relative strengths and advantages of different immigration and refugee policies and practices around the globe.
  • Generate research outcomes that address the challenges of contemporary migration and integration.
  • Inform development of more relevant programs and practices in areas such as: skills shortages in labour markets, social cohesion through an integrated society and Canada’s global competitiveness in an evolving knowledge economy.
  • Lead engaged research with immigrant and refugee communities, government and policy actors, immigrant serving agencies, settlement organizations, cultural centres and citizen groups.

Why Ryerson?

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 44,500 students, including 2,400 master's and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. 

Ryerson includes a number of faculties, programs and institutes that are supporting immigration and settlement studies, including the following:

Ryerson has made it a mission to integrate equity, diversity and inclusion into our practices and policies across the university. Our Office of Equity and Community Inclusion (ECI) is committed to making Ryerson a truly inclusive place to learn and work.

Why Toronto?

Toronto is considered to be one of the world’s most multicultural urban centres. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), external link, opens in new window, with a population of 6.2 million, continues to be the number one choice for immigrants around the world who want to make Canada their home.

Between 2011 and 2016, more than 350,000 immigrants arrived in Toronto. Currently, almost half of the people in Toronto (46.1%) are born outside of Canada, external link, opens in new window, which is the highest proportion of any major urban centre in the country.

Toronto is consistently ranked as one of the most livable global cities, external link, opens in new window in terms of social and economic benefits, and is also known as one of the safest urban centres in the world.

For more information about moving to Toronto, please review these resources, external link, opens in new window.

Update: Ryerson's Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration announced.