The Use of a Multidimensional Support Model to Examine Policies and Practices for Immigrant Students across Canada


  • Louis Volante Brock University
  • Camila Lara Brock University
  • Don Klinger University of Waikato
  • Melissa Siegel UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance


In the larger context of migration, the education and integration of immigrant children within Canadian school systems has become a pressing concern for education policy makers. Through a systematic content analysis, this study developed a Multidimensional Support Model to examine education policies and support measures that have been articulated by Ministries and Departments of Education across Canada to facilitate the integration and success of immigrant students in K–12 public education systems. The discussion underscores the timeliness and rationale for Ministries and Departments of Education to develop a stand-alone policy document to address all of the unique needs of immigrant students comprehensively and devote greater attention to the socio-economic challenges immigrant students disproportionately face. Developing this document would also address the importance of greater policy coherence and collaboration among ministry sectors. The utility of the proposed support model, which drew on the existing literature, is also discussed in relation to future research studies.

Keywords: immigrant children, integration policies, inclusive education

Author Biography

Louis Volante, Brock University

Dr. Louis Volante is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is also an Affiliated Researcher at UNU-MERIT (United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology) and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, in the Netherlands. His research is focused on the global governance of education, comparative policy analysis, international achievement studies, migrant integration and student achievement, and education reform and innovation.




How to Cite

Volante, L., Lara, C., Klinger, D., & Siegel, M. (2020). The Use of a Multidimensional Support Model to Examine Policies and Practices for Immigrant Students across Canada. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 43(1), 121–169. Retrieved from

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