International Metropolis Conference Welcome messages

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Welcome messages

Greetings from Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Photo of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the official website of the International Metropolis Conference 2019 (Metropolis 2019), which will take place in Ottawa and Gatineau, Canada from June 24 to 28, 2019.

This international conference has a well-deserved reputation as a showcase for some of the most thoughtful, forward-thinking and valuable ideas in the fields of immigration, settlement and integration. Past conferences have made critical contributions to the development of significant public policy in these areas.

I’m confident that Metropolis 2019 will continue this success. I look forward to the ideas that will come out of the research, deliberations and discussions.

The conference comes at a critical time, as the international community faces many great challenges when it comes to migration. But also at a time when regular migration offers many opportunities to countries around the world. Metropolis 2019 is an excellent platform to carry forward an international commitment to inclusive migration solutions, cooperative government actions and lasting partnerships.

Immigration has been a cornerstone of Canada’s history. It has enabled our county’s economic growth and cultural diversity. Immigration will continue to be integral to Canada’s future, boosting job creation and prosperity.

Canada has a long and extensive relationship with the International Metropolis Project and last hosted the international conference in 2005. I am proud that our capital city of Ottawa, together with the city of Gatineau, will be hosting the 2019 conference.

I look forward to welcoming you here next year.

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Welcome message from the Mayor of Ottawa

Photo of Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

On behalf of Members of Ottawa City Council, it is my distinct pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all those participating in the International Metropolis Conference 2019, hosted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and taking place at the Shaw Centre from June 24th to 28th.

I am delighted that Ottawa has been selected as the host venue of this annual gathering, providing a valuable forum for professionals and stakeholders to share insights, examine challenges, and explore solutions pertaining to the topics of migration, integration and diversity.

As Head of Council, I want also to acknowledge Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the keynote speakers, facilitators and sponsors for dedicating efforts, expertise and resources to the successful organization of this international meeting.

As Mayor of the host city, I invite visitors to explore the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in the Heritage Building of City Hall, as well as the revitalized Lansdowne park, its restored heritage pavilions, and the new TD Place, home of the Ottawa Redblacks Canadian Football League team, and Ottawa Fury Football Club United Soccer League team.

The National Arts Centre’s spectacular new facade will impress visitors, as well as the newly expanded Ottawa Art Gallery, exhibiting works by the renowned Group of Seven.
Allow me to convey my best wishes to the participants for a productive and rewarding assembly, as well as to the visitors for a most enjoyable stay in Ottawa.


Jim Watson, Mayor

Wishing you a great conference and welcome to Gatineau

Photo of Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau

I am delighted to welcome you among us for a conference that will most certainly be filled with discoveries, learning and encounters.

The growing numbers of newcomers being welcomed and integrated are increasingly demanding governments’ attention and resources—particularly those of municipal governments—throughout the world.

In that regard, Gatineau, as the number two immigration pole in Quebec, has a long tradition of welcoming, integrating and connecting the different communities. In fact, Gatineau was the first city in Quebec to designate an intercultural relations officer, and has maintained that function. However, if Gatineau has done so well in that area, it is thanks to solid partnerships with reliable frontline organizations. I invite you to discover, among others, the work of Service d’intégration au travail de l’Outaouais (SITO), Accueil parrainage Outaouais (APO) and, more recently, Centre d’amitié autochtone, by visiting their Web sites. 

I know that I speak for all of my colleagues in the municipal administration in highlighting the importance of the work of the 2019 International Metropolis Conference, and congratulating everyone involved in organizing it.

I truly hope that, despite the seriousness and importance of their deliberations, the Conference participants will have the opportunity to make the most of our city’s hospitality during their stay in our region.

I want you to know that, even as they open the doors to their city, Gatineau residents are known for opening their hearts to new visitors.

I wish you all a great conference and welcome to Gatineau!

Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor