Canada Excellence Research Chairs
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.
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.
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 Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)
- Diversity Institute
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Community Services
- Ted Rogers School of Management
- Yeates School of Graduate Studies
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.
Toronto is considered to be one of the world’s most multicultural urban centres. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), external link, 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, 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 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.
We welcome all interested world-class researchers with a focus on migration and integration whose accomplishments have made major research impacts in their fields and significant contributions to the translation of research to practice. (A key objective of the CERC program is to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract the world’s top researchers in order to be at the leading edge of breakthroughs in priority research areas expected to generate social and economic benefits for Canadians. While researchers who hold a tenured or tenure-track position at a Canadian institution may apply, they must demonstrate a significant net benefit to Canada in moving from one institution to another within the country.)
Applications are now closed.