The Project

The Ontario Node of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (P2P) – formerly known as the Welcoming Communities Initiative – belongs to an alliance that includes all key federal and provincial migration ministries; municipalities; national, regional, and local organizations; and researchers from over fifty universities.  The Partnership operates through five regional nodes and one overarching, pan-Canadian hub. The main activities of the Partnership are knowledge generation through primary and secondary research, and knowledge transfer utilizing a variety of dissemination activities.

We are dedicated to fostering welcoming communities that promote the economic, social and civic integration of migrants and minorities.  We also help communities grow their economies, renew their populace, and reinvigorate their labour markets by welcoming immigrants, international students and temporary foreign workers. Two areas of special concern are Northern communities and Francophone minorities outside Quebec.

Our research includes participation in pan-Canadian studies and Ontario-focused studies, with an emphasis on comparative perspectives and best practices. Our methods combine academic scholarship with local expertise and detailed government program knowledge. This allows us to provide practical, empirically-based advice on policies, programs and agency practices.



The following note provides important information for readers and stakeholders who are interested in the Welcoming Communities Initiative (WCI) and its relationship to the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (P2P):

In September 2012, the WCI joined P2P, an alliance consisting of a pan-Canadian hub and five regional nodes located in the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, and British Columbia.  The WCI has become the Ontario node of the Partnership.  Descriptions of P2P appeared in the June and October 2012 eBulletins.

Users of the WCI website should note that the site’s name has changed to

Clicking on the links below provides access to WCI legacy information:

WCI Research Domains

WCI University Representatives

WCI Community Representatives

WCI Governance Information