Researchers and Research Bodies

Researchers and Research Bodies

In this section, you will find researchers and research bodies that conduct and disseminate research on immigrant integration and refugee resettlement-related topics, locally, provincially and nationally.

Amea Wilbur, UFV researcher

Primary area of interest and research is how literacy, English as an Additional Language (EAL) and adult education can impact social change and empower marginalized individuals and communities. Wilbur has developed a trauma-informed English as an Additional program through her work at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society, which received national recognition. She has presented widely at conferences on her work with marginalized learners.

BC Refugee Readiness Hub

The BC Refugee Hub serves as a resource centre, providing access to the latest publications and relevant statistics on all refugee categories throughout the entirety of BC.

Conference Board of Canada research on immigration

The Conference Board of Canada is an independent, evidence-based, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. It conducts, publishes and disseminates research that fulfills their mission: building a better future for Canadians by making our economy and society more dynamic and competitive.

Dan Hiebert, Professor, Department of Geography, UBC

Primary area of interest and research is international migration, including the issue of policy and regulatory systems and how they shape migration and how people become mobile. Dr. Hiebert is also interested in Canadian immigration policy within this broader context, considering it in relation to the policies of other countries, especially in Europe and Australasia. Locally, Dr. Hiebert studies the consequences of immigration in Canadian cities, highlighting Vancouver’s situation (with a foreign-born population approaching one million). In particular, he looks at the integration of newcomers in the labour and housing markets of cities, and how this changes their residential structure and social relations. Dr. Hiebert works with a large network of scholars on the issue of national security and its relationship with human rights. He is particularly interested in the way this relationship evolves in a society like Canada’s, with a high degree of ethno-cultural diversity and strong transnational connections.

Immigrant Employment Council of B.C.

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides BC employers with solutions, tools and resources needed to attract, hire and retain qualified immigrant talent.


IRCC’s statistical publications provide information on permanent and temporary residents as well as immigration and citizenship programs.

Jan Steward, University of Winnipeg researcher

Dr. Jan Stewart is a professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Winnipeg and currently the Acting Dean of The Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health. With over 30 years of teaching, research, and field experience, Dr. Stewart has achieved expertise working with children and youth who have been affected by conflict, trauma, violence, abuse, mental health issues, neglect and human rights violations. Primary area of interest and study is supporting refugee children and youth.

Nancy Clark, UVic researcher

The area of focus in Clark’s clinical practice is community mental health and integration of social determinants of health of structurally vulnerable groups, including immigrant women and other groups affected by displacement. Her research is in the field of mental health, and Clark believes that health status is not separable from broader social, economic and political processes. She situates her scholarship within critical theoretical approaches and is interested in indigenous epistemology and standpoint methods. These approaches give voice to dominant narratives, which potentially reinforce inequities in health.

National Metropolis Conference

The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers and representatives from community and settlement organizations to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement. The National Metropolis Conference focuses on future immigration trends and policies and the challenges and opportunities they create for Canadian society. The conference includes plenary panels with distinguished speakers and workshop and roundtable sessions on a wide variety of topics related to immigration and diversity.

P2P research

The Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (P2P) is an alliance dedicated to fostering welcoming communities that promote the economic, social and civic integration of migrants and minorities in Canada. P2P helps communities grow their economies, renew their populace and reinvigorate their labour markets by fully welcoming immigrants, international students and temporary foreign workers. The main activities of the Partnership are primary and secondary research, knowledge transfer, education, and mutual learning. The Partnership includes all key federal and provincial migration ministries; municipalities; national, regional, and local organizations involved in newcomer settlement; and researchers from over 50 universities.

University of Manitoba, Faculty of Arts, Immigration Research West

Immigration Research West (IRW) is a new research group that has received four years of funding through two contribution agreements from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The purpose of IRW is to enhance research capacity of faculty and students and to work with service providers and government offices to enhance knowledge of the settlement experiences and outcomes of newcomers to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories. Research activities undertaken by IRW focus on citizenship, immigration, settlement and cohesion between immigrants and Canadians who have settled in the west and north of Canada. The IRW is under the direction of Dr. Lori Wilkinson.