The objectives of QMC‑IM’s 2007–2012 program are as follows:

  • To intensify collaboration among the consortium’s member institutions with regard to immigration and integration research and student supervision
  • To promote the development of innovative, multidisciplinary research on these issues in the Canadian and, in particular, the Quebec contexts
  • To intensify links with public and non-governmental partners
  • To develop comparative studies with other metropolitan areas, in Canada or elsewhere
  • To ensure wide and effective dissemination of research findings to decision makers, professionals in the field, and the general public

 Coordination of the IM network

QMC-IM represents a team of more than 80 researchers mainly from universities and public institutions in Quebec and other parts of Canada. The director liaises with the researchers and the individual and institutional members associated with the Centre. The domain coordinators liaise with the researchers and partners in their respective domains.

QMC-IM’s main priority is strengthening its local network of researchers and partners in immigration and integration. As one of the Canadian Metropolis centres of excellence, it fosters networking among researchers and the development of comparative research projects.

Direction of partnership‑based research

All researchers and institutions associated with QMC‑IM maintain formal research partnerships or engage in specific collaborations with government institutions and with community‑based and private organizations. These collaborations take the form of regular participation in domain activities and of various types of support, as needed: 1) financial support; 2) participation in defining and/or carrying out a project; 3) facilitation of access to the resources of the institution involved; 4) support for the dissemination of the research results.

QMC-IM’s Council of Partners is mandated to review the research plans proposed by the domain coordinators and the Centre’s overall orientations, particularly its priorities and strategies for disseminating research findings and maintaining an active presence in the community. The Council has 4 permanent members: CIC, the Quebec department of immigration and cultural communities (MICC), the City of Montréal, and the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes du Québec (TCRI). In addition, 24 other partners sit on the Council as rotating members from different levels of government (federal, provincial, municipal), as well as from community‑based and private organizations.

Project funding

SSHRC’s and CIC’s contribution to QMC‑IM through the Metropolis Project fosters the development of networking and research activities, which are funded by grants from various external sources.