Daniel Hiebert is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He has led large research projects on immigration and cultural diversity in Canada, and on the relationship between cultural diversity, human rights, and national security.
Professor Hiebert has also participated in a variety of advisory positions in the Canadian government, including the Deputy Minister’s Advisory Council of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Research Advisory Committee of IRCC. He has also served as a member of committees informing the design of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada, and reviewing the process of demographic and migration statistical reporting. At the provincial level, he has worked closely with the government of British Columbia on its efforts to develop migration and integration policy. He has also served as Co-Chair of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Working Committee on Immigration, and has worked closely with each of the major nongovernmental organizations that provide services to immigrants in Vancouver.
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Since its launch in 2015, the Express Entry system has changed how economic immigration to Canada happens and how it fits into public and political debates. And while it has proven successful in cutting through application backlogs, some challenges remain. This report looks at how and why this points-based system was introduced, what its impact has been, and how it could be further finetuned.
Despite weathering many of the same economic and political challenges that have affected support for immigration in other countries in recent decades—from recession to threats of terrorism—Canada has managed to maintain a consistently positive public consensus around its immigration system. This report explores the evolution of Canada’s apparently unique attitude toward immigration and diversity.