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MPI Report Examines How Cities Are Using Smartphones & Apps to Engage with Newcomers & for Civic Engagement

IEC-BCIn the NewsSep 15, 2014

Smartphones—mobile phones that provide Internet access and connect users to apps that use the location of the phone to filter information—are most commonly thought of as a tool for convenience. There is growing recognition, however, that smartphones can help governments engage with immigrant populations, and creative uses are emerging especially at city levels. 

Where have the jobs been going in the Lower Mainland?

IEC-BCIn the NewsSep 05, 2014

Between 2006 and 2011, the Lower Mainland added almost 60,000 jobs. What sectors were driving this growth? And which municipalities within the region experienced the greatest job expansion? The answers might surprise you.

The City Brand: Champion of Immigrant Integration or Empty Marketing Tool?

IEC-BCIn the NewsAug 27, 2014

How can cities balance the twin goals of attracting skilled residents to fuel new growth while creating a "diversity-proof" identity, especially in a context of social inequality and high turnover? A report from the Migration Policy Institute explores the relationship between marketing and communications campaigns, immigration, and processes of immigrant integration.

TD Report: Policies that increase immigration of skilled workers would work to improve labour supply and increase productivity growth

IEC-BCIn the NewsAug 15, 2014

Canada’s labour force will be subject to the same aging effect as in the United States and by 2018, potential real GDP growth is expected to slow to 1.8% in Canada. 

Policy reform that increases immigration, particularly of skilled workers, and facilitates the recognition of foreign credentials, could help to improve labour supply and labour productivity growth. 

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