Dialogue and Debate: Immigration

2 day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • May 19, 20209:30am - 11:00am
  • May 20, 20209:30am - 11:00am
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Sixty-three per cent of respondents to a recent Leger poll said the country is reaching the limits of its ability to integrate new immigrants. They think that limiting immigration levels should be a priority. 

The case for increased immigration is strong, yet there remains a core segment of the population that is unconvinced: only 37 per cent of the Leger poll respondents thought that priority should be to increase immigration to meet the demands of Canada’s demography and expanding economy.

Immigrants coming to Canada pose issues for other levels of government, as municipalities grapple with the demand for housing and social services.

Event description

In this virtual event, two debaters will explore the conflict in this issue. On day 1, through dialogue and debate, the debaters will demonstrate skills for achieving a win-win solution. On day 2 of the event, participants will practice the skills they have observed.

What you will gain

  • A foundational understanding of the conflicts that underpin the issue. 
  • Tools to address polarizing issues through constructive conversation, and opportunities to practice these tools.  

Event cost and format

Day 1 - Debate - 9:30AM - 11:00AM - free to anyone who wants to attend
Day 2 - Dialogue/Learning Session - 9:30AM -11:00AM - for paid registrations only

Click here to register for this event or for the series.

To learn more about this project, please contact Laura Edgar by email at ledgar@iog.caor by phone at 613-562-0090 ext. 226.

More about the series and other debates:

Debate on issues critical to Canada has become polarized, leading to ‘wedge solutions’ and difficulty reaching shared agreement. This is a challenge for the government and the public service as they try to find answers to complex problems.   

To respond, the IOG is launching a constructive debate series that addresses four complex challenges faced by the government: Immigration; Balancing the Environment and the Economy; Western Alienation; and Political Divisiveness and a Polarized Electorate

This initiative will help the public service support the government’s efforts to reach out to Canadians in ways that unite rather than divide.  Public servants will also want to attend to learn how these issues can be addressed and to gain insights into how to reframe issues as win/wins.

Click here to visit the series page.

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Institute on Governance
60 George Street, Suite 203
Ottawa, ON
K1K 1N2

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

Public servants

Event fee(s)

$99 per attendee

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not charge HST.

Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Main contact

Laura Edgar