The Quebec Metropolis Centre is separate from each of its component organizations and from the consortium’s member institutions. The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is responsible for administering the grant once it has been awarded by SSHRC. The Centre’s permanent offices are located at the INRS but serve all researchers. Research funding allocated to the research domains is managed by domain coordinator’s home institution.
The Centre’s director is appointed by the host institution (the INRS). She is responsible for the orientation of the Centre’s intellectual activities and its day-to-day operation. In particular, she maintains the ties and synergy between consortium members and partners. The Director is responsible for and involved in developing and approving the Centre’s research plans. She maintains ties between partners and researchers and strengthens existing partnerships. In addition, she establishes contacts among public policy makers and practitioners in order to explore potential new partnerships. She also fosters ties with the other centres, with the priority leaders and with the National Metropolis Committee. The Director is supported in her duties by an administrative team.
The domain coordinators are appointed by the director, after consultation with the member institutions, for a minimum of two years. In collaboration with their counterparts in the other Metropolis centres and the national priority leaders, coordinators are responsible for developing and consolidating research capacities, knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing among researchers and partners in their respective domains. To this end, they coordinate the development of research plans for their domains. They prepare the annual report on their domain’s activities, and they propose, receive and discuss applications from research candidates based on the Centre’s affiliation criteria.
The Coordination Committee is the Centre’s decision-making body and is composed of the domain coordinators, who each represent their home institution. The Committee meets four times a year and is mandated to discuss and approve the research plans proposed by the coordinators, following the peer committee’s evaluation and consultation with the Council of Partners. It also allocates the research and outreach budget envelopes in the Centre’s best interests, according to the program’s overall orientations, the priorities expressed by the funding agency or partners, and strategic opportunities arising in the sector. In addition, the Committee approves applications from new researchers proposed by the domains.
The Council of Partners is composed of partner representatives. From 19 members in Phase II, it has grown to 26 members in Phase III. Four organizations have permanent status: Citizenship and Immigration (CIC), the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC), the City of Montréal and the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI). Twenty-two other partners sit on the Council as rotating members appointed for two-year terms by the Coordination Committee in consultation with management and the organizations. The aim in selecting partner representatives is balanced representation of the different levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal), of community-based organizations and the private sector, and of the interests of our six research domains. The Council of Partners meets at least twice a year. It is mandated to react to the research plans proposed by the domain coordinators and to review the Centre’s overall orientations, particularly its priorities and strategies for disseminating research findings and maintaining an active presence in the community.