International Metropolis Conference

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration
Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

About the conference

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will host the International Metropolis Conference 2019, the largest annual international gathering of world experts from academia, governments and civil society in the fields of migration, integration and diversity. The conference’s program will reflect both Canadian and international strategies regarding immigration, integration, diversity and inclusion.

International migration is at the top of the policy agenda for many countries. The conference will provide delegates from around the world with the opportunity to exchange research and best practices and to forge new partnerships through open dialogue.

We expect more than 1000 delegates to attend. We encourage you to read the welcome messages from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Mayor of Ottawa; and the Mayor of Gatineau.

Key dates

  • Registrations: Contact us and we’ll notify you when registration opens.
  • Early bird registration deadline: April 30, 2019
  • Call for abstract opens: soon








Metropolis project

The International Metropolis Project is the largest international network of researchers, policy makers, and community groups engaged in identifying, understanding, and responding to developments in migration and diversity.

Our events have been effective in connecting researchers, key decision-makers, and practitioners around the globe, facilitating the production and effective communication of policy-relevant knowledge among different stakeholders since the mid-1990s. Our network has steadily developed to include partners in North America, Europe, and Australia, with a growing presence in Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. In a world increasingly characterized by international mobility and large regional displacements, there’s an urgent need to exchange scientific knowledge about migration and diversity, and to share experiences, challenges, and best practices in their management. It’s our goal that our work will enable such dialogue and that our efforts serve the interests of all parties involved in the migration process. Learn more about the project.


We secured rooms at a selection of hotels surrounding the conference venue. There are discounted rates for attendees of the conference.

Hotel Rate Walking minutes from the Shaw Centre
The Westin Ottawa conference venue
11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4
from $255 1 minute
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7
from $329 4 minutes
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON K1n 7G1
from $249 9 minutes
Le Germain
30 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2
$249 5 minutes
Lord Elgin Hotel
100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K8
from $229 9 minutes
Les Suites
130 Besserer Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M9
from $229 6 minutes
Delta Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, ON K1R 5T9
from $224 19 minutes (3 minutes by light rail train)
Ottawa Marriott
100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7
from $199 16 minutes (3 minutes by light rail train)
33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7
$199 5 minutes

The conference takes place during a busy season in Ottawa. We encourage you to book your hotel in advance.

Each room will:


Air Canada is offering discounts of 15% on fares from anywhere Air Canada flies into Ottawa for the conference. You’ll receive the promotional code after you register. Discounts apply 7 days before and after the event dates and can be booked on the Air Canada website.

Some restrictions apply
  • The travel period begins Sunday, June 16, 2019 and ends Sunday, July 07, 2019.
  • No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares including Tango.
  • In order to take advantage of the discounted fares, Event delegates must book their flight at and enter the applicable Promotion Code in the search panel.
  • The Discount is applied to the fare at the time that the travel ticket with Air Canada is purchased. The Discount and the fare are subject to all applicable taxes and surcharges.
  • If the Promotion Code is not entered or is entered incorrectly, the Discounts will not be applied to the booking. The applicable Promotion Code must be recorded on the delegate's ticket by ticketing agencies/airlines.

Via Rail is offering discounts of 10%. You’ll receive the promotional code after you register.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and visa requirements

Most people need a visa or an eTA to travel to Canada. Some people may only need their valid passport. Answer a few questions to find out what you need to travel to Canada.