Metropolis Project

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October 2011 Competition

A Strategic Joint Initiative of SSHRC and a consortium of federal departments and agencies led by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

National Research Grant

Value and Duration
Evaluation and Adjudication
Administrative Regulations and Related Information
Contact Information



Established in 1995, the Metropolis Project currently supports five university-based Centres of Excellence on immigration, integration and diversity located in Halifax/Moncton, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. The Metropolis Project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and a consortium of federal departments and agencies led by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The federal departments currently supporting the Metropolis Project are:

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency;
  • Canada Border Services Agency;
  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions;
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation;
  • Canadian Heritage;
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
  • Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario;
  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada;
  • Justice Canada;
  • Public Health Agency of Canada;
  • Public Safety Canada;
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
  • Rural and Co-operatives Secretariats;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; and
  • Statistics Canada.

Managed jointly by SSHRC and the National Metropolis Committee, this Metropolis National Research Competition is distinct from the call for proposals issued by the Metropolis Centres of Excellence.

For more information on the Metropolis Project, please see the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SSHRC and CIC (PDF document).



The purpose of the annual Metropolis National Research Competition is to select and finance a major national-level policy research project in the field of immigration and diversity. The findings of the research will be of direct relevance to policy-makers within the Government of Canada and, more specifically, to the main funding partners of the Metropolis Project.

At a broader level, the objectives of the competition are to:

  • produce a pan-Canadian research study that informs federal policy on issues surrounding immigration and diversity;
  • produce knowledge that affects federal policy and programs related to immigration and diversity;
  • widely disseminate, in collaboration with the Metropolis secretariat, the results of this research through a range of knowledge transfer/mobilization activities targeting federal policy-makers and the research community; and
  • create knowledge that informs and expands the broader academic discourse on immigration and diversity.



This call is based on a research theme. Please visit the Metropolis website for more information.

This call for research proposals seeks an analysis of the integrative capacity of communities through the exploration of the factors that influence the ability of a community to successfully settle and integrate immigrants. Based on a representative sample of Canadian communities, this analysis should identify the factors that matter most for the host society side of integration, and, further, isolate those factors that are amenable to policy interventions to increase their integration benefits.

Applicants should also be aware of the six policy research priority areas defined by the federal agencies that provide funding to the Metropolis Project (i.e., citizenship and social, cultural, and civic integration; economic and labour market integration; family, children and youth; housing and neighbourhoods; justice, policing and security; and welcoming communities: the role of host communities in attracting, integrating and retaining newcomers and minorities). For more information on these priority areas, please see the MOU between SSHRC and CIC.

The successful research team is expected to complete the following deliverables, all of which should be included as part of the knowledge transfer/mobilization plan detailed in their application:

  1. a detailed report at the conclusion of the project;
  2. a three-page policy summary;
  3. presentation of the research at Metropolis/CIC headquarters in Ottawa; and
  4. presentation of the research at the National Metropolis Conference immediately following the completion of the research, or dissemination by other means of knowledge transfer/mobilization.

A number of recommended knowledge transfer/mobilization vehicles are described in Annex H of the MOU between SSHRC and CIC (PDF document). Applicants are encouraged to consult this document while developing their knowledge transfer/mobilization plan.


Value and Duration

The maximum value of the research grant is $125,000 for 12 to 18 months. No extensions will be granted.



Researchers affiliated with Canadian postsecondary educational institutions are invited to submit a proposal.

Successful applicants must seek affiliation with one of the five Metropolis centres. Individuals who wish to become affiliated with a Metropolis centre can apply by completing the appropriate application forms, available on the Metropolis website, or by contacting one of the centres directly.


Evaluation and Adjudication

A two-stage process is used to evaluate applications and adjudicate the Metropolis National Research Competition.

During the first stage, a multi-disciplinary merit-review committee of academics assesses all applications. The merit-review committee evaluates each application according to the following criteria:

  • academic excellence of the researchers;
  • appropriateness of the methodology of the proposed project in relation to the policy research question described above; and
  • justification of the budget and the work plan.

The merit-review committee then forwards all qualified applications to the second stage of the evaluation and adjudication process. The second evaluation will be conducted by an adjudication committee established by the National Metropolis Committee. For further information concerning the role and responsibilities of the committee, please see the MOU between SSHRC and CIC.

The second committee evaluates each application against the following criteria:

  • relevance of the research to national-level policy on immigration, integration and/or diversity in Canada; and
  • a clearly defined knowledge transfer/mobilization strategy targeted at the Metropolis Project's federal funding partners.


Administrative Regulations and Related Information

All applicants and grant holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Grant Holder's Guide.

For descriptions of SSHRC terms, see Definitions of Terms.


Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Metropolis National Research Grant program, please contact:

Mika Oehling
Program Officer
Partnerships Portfolio
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4

Tel.: 613-992-4227
Fax: 613-947-0223