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RDC News: October 2019

October holiday hours changes, Saturday hours on-demand, and a national essay challenge.

Oct 03, 2019

October Hours Changes

This month we will have the following changes to our usual operating hours:

  • CLOSED all day on Monday October 14th for Thanksgiving


Saturday Hours - On Demand

This month we will be offering some on-demand Saturday hours.  Please let the Analysts know if you wish to work in the RDC on any of the following Saturdays. We will be open on an 'appointment' basis, only if requested. Please email Anna at, or write your name on the sign-up sheet by the front door in the RDC. (Please sign up by the preceding Thursday.)

Offered dates for Saturday hours are:

  • Saturday, October 5th - 12pm to 4pm


2020 National Essay Challenge (NEC)

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching the 2020 National Essay Challenge (NEC) to support emerging scholars across Canadian universities in policy-relevant research. The NEC is designed to generate evidence-based insights on IRCC policies. It encourages graduate students to learn more about immigration research and policy, and it raises awareness about the availability of data and supporting resources. 

The NEC is open to all disciplines and welcomes empirical research papers related to IRCC’s mandate using qualitative or quantitative methodologies. Graduate students with selected essays will be invited to present their research to policy makers in Ottawa (with travel paid) and will receive $500 towards attendance at an academic conference of their choice.  

For more information about the NEC, please see the attached poster or email us ( to join the 2020 NEC GCcollab group.