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CWICE National Conference

Thanks to everyone who attended the conference on June 12! We look forward to sharing a recap of the event on this page in the coming weeks.

The Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence National Conference is an opportunity for cross-sector knowledge exchange and partnerships to enhance services for children, youth, and families. 


Topics to be covered in the conference include: Unaccompanied and Separated Minors, Supporting Resettled Refugees, International Students, Reunification and Placements Across Borders, Innovations in Cross-Sector Partnerships, Research on child welfare, immigration, settlement or border-related issues, and International Trends such as Surrogacy or Hague Applications.


Who should attend?

This conference is perfect for child welfare professionals, academics, settlement sector professionals, immigration officials, legal service providers, national and international NGOs, and other health, education, and social services professionals.


Please join us in a full day of networking, knowledge exchange and learning. Starting at 9 am sharp, conference participants will receive a welcome and hear an inspiring keynote address followed by a panel of speakers. After a lovely lunch together on site, participants will have the option of workshops with a national focus then an option of workshops with an international focus.  


View the conference flyer and agenda or download the full program.

Global Horizons in Child Welfare and Immigration: Bridging Borders and Building Futures


June 12, 2024, at 8:30 am - 5 pm

Pearson Convention Centre

2638 Steeles Ave E, Brampton, ON

Cost: $175 per person, which includes snacks and lunch

Debbie Douglas, Keynote speaker at CWICE conference

Keynote Speaker


Debbie Douglas is the Executive Director of OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Notably, Ms. Douglas is a 2023 inductee to the Order of Canada. A well-known face in Ontario and across the country, Ms. Douglas is often called upon by governments to share her expertise. Through her work in the NGO sector, and particularly at OCASI, Ms. Douglas has highlighted issues of equity and inclusion including race, gender and sexual orientation within the immigration system and promoted the creation of safe, welcoming spaces within the settlement and integration sector.





Conference Objectives

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Ensure children, youth, and families' voice and lived experiences are centred in practice, policy, legislation, and research

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Build awareness of the intersectional approach CWICE promotes in its service and training centre, and in its many partnerships.


Provide networking and professional development opportunities for professionals in child welfare, settlement, immigration, legal, education, and health service fields.




CWICE is a service and training centre recognized nationally for its leadership and innovation. A first-of-its-kind model, CWICE centres the intersection of child welfare with unresolved immigration, settlement, or border-related issues. CWICE is grounded in practice, to inform capacity building and research, and provides a unique structured provincial response to system navigation.  CWICE promotes achieving equitable outcomes for all children, youth, and families receiving child welfare service, regardless of immigration status or geographical location within Canada.  Launched in 2018, today CWICE operates an international consultation centre, participates in research across the country, and offers a national training program. Deemed a model of Ontario’s child welfare re-design, CWICE offers service to children, youth, and families across Ontario.


“The investment in the Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence is a part of Ontario's plan under the new child welfare redesign strategy to strengthen supports for children, youth, families and communities, and create a more efficient and sustainable child welfare system”

– Minister Jill Dunlop, former Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, 2020 


Thank you to our sponsors and partners

Peel Children's Aid Foundation
International Social Service Canada
Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
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