Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.
Since the 1970s Canada’s total fertility rate has been too low for the population to replace itself, according to Statistics Canada. The global pandemic has exacerbated the issue via a sharp decline in immigration. How might policy makers, business leaders and institutions shape the right strategies to grow and support Canada’s population over the long-term?
The Globe and Mail, in partnership with Century Initiative, hosted a virtual event on March 30 to tackle the question.
If you missed the live event or would like to watch it again please see the videos below.
The event opened with remarks by Lisa Lalande, CEO of Century Initiative, who presented highlights from her organization’s first-ever National Scorecard on Canada’s Growth and Prosperity. The scorecard tracks key indicators supporting Century Initiative’s goal of growing Canada’s population to 100 million by the year 2100.
Following the presentation, Mark Wiseman, chair of the board with Century Initiative participated in an interview with Doug Saunders, international affairs columnist with The Globe and Mail, to discuss the goal of Canadian population growth.
Mr. Saunders then moderated a panel focused on Canada’s performance on immigration and the link between population growth and the labour market, economic development and prosperity. The group also discussed considerations of immigration and Canadian expansion with regard to Indigenous populations. The panel included:
- Kareem El-Assal, director of policy and strategy with CanadaVisa
- Dawn Madahbee Leach, vice-chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board
- Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton
- Armine Yalnizyan, the Atkinson Foundation’s fellow on the future of workers
View the first half of the event including the presentation, interview and panel below. Scroll down to view the second half of the event.
The second half of the event featured an interview between Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice with the Supreme Court of Canada and John Ibbitson, writer-at-large with The Globe and Mail. Ms. McLachlin shared her perspectives on how Canada has changed over the years, and how we might foster more inclusion and equality.
Laura Stone, Queen’s Park reporter with The Globe and Mail then hosted a panel discussion on supporting a growing population, including strategies for newcomer participation in the economy and in Canada’s institutions. The group discussed the challenge of racism and the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive society. The panel included:
- Karim Bardeesy, executive director of the Ryerson Leadership Lab
- Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario with the Senate of Canada
- Marie Delorme, CEO of the Imagination Group of Companies
- Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada
The event concluded with Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada, in conversation with Mr. Ibbitson. Mr. Mulroney shared his views on immigration both past and present, along with suggestions on how to build national accord and consensus for long-term population growth.
View the second half of the event featuring Beverley McLachlin, Brian Mulroney and the panel discussion focused on population supports.
The Globe and Mail presented the event in partnership with Century Initiative, with support from the Business Council of Canada.