The Issue

As Canada welcomes thousands of new refugees and immigrants every year and society becomes increasingly diverse, the need is growing to consider the economic and social impacts of pluralism and the role of globally connected citizens. Over the course of 18 months, this project will explore the link between pluralism and economic prosperity as well as the link between transnational identity and nations’ ability to adapt to and benefit from globalization. The project will capture and measure how Canadians contribute to and benefit from global connections and will consider the role of diasporas, including the growing Canadian diaspora, now estimated to include approximately 3 million Canadians living abroad. The goal is to integrate the latest research with practical experience with a view to affecting positive policy change in support of pluralism and global connectivity and generating an informed public debate about the long-term benefits of pluralism in a competitive global environment.

What is involved?

Drawing on public and private sector partners, the project will conduct academic research to provide quantitative data; consult diverse stakeholders at home and abroad to explore the economic impacts of pluralism and global connectivity; engage publicly using traditional and social media; and release policy recommendations in early 2017 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It will examine issues such as the links between pluralism and economic competitiveness and innovation, policies that encourage student and labour or professional mobility, employment as a tool for promoting social cohesion, and the role of global networks and experience in trade and investment.

The goal of this initiative is to impact positive policy change to foster and support global connections informed by the experiences and knowledge of stakeholders, and to generate an informed public debate. To this end, the public interaction project will:

  • Explore the link between pluralism, transnational identity, and the impact on/benefit to Canadian society and, in particular, the economy;
  • Capture and measure how Canadians contribute to and benefit from global connections;
  • Integrate the latest research with practical experience from stakeholders.

The deliverables

  • A series of research papers from an academic workshop
  • Five reports on roundtable stakeholder findings from cities across Canada
  • One national policy brief
  • Online Webinar to engage community stakeholder on findings
  • Media op-eds in newspapers and commentaries in magazines