Are there "Good Immigrants" vs. "Bad Immigrants" with Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Presented by: Toronto Conversations & The Newcomer Women's Services of Toronto

Historically, Trudeau-era immigration policies were seen as what gave the Liberal Party an advantage with new Canadians or the “ethnic vote”. The tide is now shifting, and in 2011, new Canadians in Greater Toronto Area helped the Conservatives come to power in an unprecedented win.

Two years later, the Conservatives have ushered in a host of immigrant reforms to regulate the types of immigrants coming to Canada. Recent changes include an increase in Temporary Foreign Workers; reductions in the number of government sponsored refugees; and a shift away from family reunification policies. 

These shifts pose the question: are there ‘good immigrants’ vs. ‘bad immigrants’? What does the power of the ethnic voting bloc, coupled with more selective immigrant policies mean for Canada?

Join us at Samara as the Couchiching Conversation Series hosts an insightful and challenging conversation with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on shifts and challenges in the area of immigration.


About the Speaker

Kristyn Wong-Tam is the City Councillor for Ward 27 Toronto-Centre Rosedale. Councillor Wong-Tam has an extensive career investing in the City of Toronto through both the public and private sectors. Her contributions have led to the development and support of numerous social planning programs, business ventures, art endeavours and successful community initiatives.

The councillor also has a distinguished track record of human rights advocacy and was a co-founder of Asian Canadians For Equal Marriage, and the past president of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter that successfully lobbied the federal government for the head tax apology and redress. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and an active volunteer with the Compass Food Bank in Mississauga.

Thank you to Samara and the Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto for hosting this event.


Location Info

Location: Samara, 33 Prince Arthur Avenue  View Map

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Admission: Free
 (Light snacks will be served) T:416-494-1440     Ext. 225

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