Ottawa-Gatineau city networks news, October 2018

Knowledge mobilization and dissemination activities:


On Wednesday October 10, Luisa Veronis facilitated a round table on Francophone immigration in Ontario organized by the Centre de Recherche en Civilisation Canadienne Française (CRCCF) of the University of Ottawa.

The Roundtable featured 3 panelists, including a representative from CESOC which is one of our community partners involved in local BMRC-IRMU projects:

François Boileau, commissaire aux services en français de l’Ontario ;

Phyllis Dalley, professeure agrégée, Faculté d’éducation, Université d’Ottawa ;

Saint-Phard Désir, directeur général du Conseil économique et social d’Ottawa-Carleton (CESOC).



Two members of O-G network participated in the 25th Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Conference (CESA), October 11-13 2018 Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta

“Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, and Diasporic Communities in a Transnational World”

Authors and titles:

Christina Gabriel and Laura Macdonald, Carleton U

Labour Transnationalism, Gender, and Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Virginie Mesana, uOttawa

The Diasporic Film Festival as Transnational Space: Redefining Majority and Minority Statuses at the Intersection of Race, Gender and Class

Research News

Christina Gabriel and Luisa Veronis, co-chairs of the city-network, are planning a city network meeting to take place in late November. Items on the agenda include updates on local projects conducted under the BMRC-IRMU Partnership and consultation with community partners on our new project “More than numbers: Labour Market Experiences and Immigrant Resilience in the interprovincial and bilingual context of Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada's National Capital Region.”

 Project news

  • Ottawa-Neighbourhood Study:

Three neighbourhoods have been selected in collaboration with our community partners; these include two neighbourhoods in Ottawa (Ledbury-Heron Gate-Heathertington-Ridgemont and Cummings-Overbrook) and one neighbourhood in Gatineau (Mont Bleu).

Ledbury-Heron Gate-Heathertington-Ridgemont is a diverse neighbourhood both in terms of the composition of its population (includes above average rate of immigrants from a range of world regions) and of types of housing (social and subsidized housing, private rental, and homeowners). This neighbourhood is located in the southern inner suburbs of Ottawa and is currently the site of a significant eviction action by a private company (Timbercreek) of about 150 families – most of who are racialized immigrants and refugees with large families – in order to allow for the building of a new development. The eviction has been extensively covered in the local news.

Cummings-Overbrook is located just east of Ottawa downtown and borders the better known Francophone neighbourhood Vanier. This neighbourhood has been selected because many Francophone immigrants tend to settle there and it also offers a range of housing types.

Mont Bleu is a traditional destination for many newcomers in Gatineau who first settle there due to lower rental rates. The neighbourhood is quite diverse both in terms of population demographics and housing types. Mont Bleu was unfortunately badly hit by the tornado that touched down in Ottawa-Gatineau on September 21st, affecting areas where mostly vulnerable residents were living. See news coverage here and here.

Recruitment for the project started in September but has been delayed due to some of the events mentioned above. We have created a bilingual Facebook page that is available for your viewing:

International students

With the help of our research assistants, we are in the last stage of completing the review of the literature in French and English. We will share a comparative summary later this fall.

Meanwhile we have obtained permission for secondary use of data on international students at the University of Ottawa. These will be used to build a profile of the international student body at uOttawa and to analyze its evolution since about 2010.

We are awaiting ethics approval for the qualitative interviews to be conducted with international students.