1. Introduction -- 2. Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Workplaces (WICWP): The Case in Thompson-Nicola Region, British Columbia -- 3. Working Together: Collaborative Response to Welcoming Newcomers in Brandon, Manitoba -- 4. Local Immigration Partnerships: How is Peterborough Engaged with Immigrant Integration? -- 5. (Mis)givings in a Prairie City? Filipina (Im)migrants in Lethbridge, Alberta -- 6. Conflict and Negotiation: Transnational Ties and Competing Identities of Chinese Immigrants in Kamloops, BC -- 7. Sense of Place among Immigrant and Refugee Women in Kingston and Peterborough, Ontario -- 8. Why Networks Matter and How They Work? The Role of Social Networks in Attracting and Retaining Immigrants in Small Cities -- 9. Health and Social Inequities of Visible Minority Immigrant Women in St. John’s: A Critical Population Health Perspective -- 10. Immigration in the Niagara Region: Youth Perspectives of the Small City -- 11. Dilemmas and Challenges of Democratic Participation of Immigrants in Small Communities in Atlantic Canada -- 12. Relationship between School and Immigrant Families in French-language Minority Communities in Moncton, New Brunswick: Parents’ Perceptions of their Children’s Integration -- 13. Challenges of Francophone Immigration in Northern Ontario: The Cases of Hearst, Timmins and Kapuskasing -- 14. The “Regionalization” of Immigration in Quebec: Shaping Experiences of Newcomers in Small Cities and Towns.
This book examines immigration to small cities throughout Canada. It explores the distinct challenges brought about by the influx of people to urban communities which typically have less than 100,000 residents. The essays are organized into four main sections: partnerships, resources, and capacities; identities, belonging, and social networks; health, politics, and diversity, and Francophone minority communities. Taken together, they provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary perspective on the contemporary realities of immigration to small urban locations. Readers will discover how different groups of migrants, immigrants, and Francophone minorities confront systemic discrimination; how settlement agencies and organizations develop unique strategies for negotiating limited resources and embracing opportunities brought about by changing demographics; and how small cities work hard to develop inclusive communities and respond to social exclusions. In addition, each essay includes a case study that highlights the topic under discussion in a particular city or region, from Brandon, Manitoba to the Thompson-Nicola Region in British Columbia, from Peterborough, Ontario to the Niagara Region. As a complement to metropolitan-based works on immigration in Canada, this collection offers an important dimension in migration studies that will be of interest to academics, researchers, as well as policymakers and practitioners working on immigrant integration and settlement..