The Canadian Polish Research Institute

Kanadyjsko-Polski Instytut Badawczy

Est. 1956

The Canadian Polish Research Institute is a non-profit organization that gathers people of Polish origins who are interested in research on the history, culture, language and social changes of the Polish ethnic minority in Canada. The chief task of the Institute is to collect and preserve all documents concerning the life and work of Polish immigrants in Canada, eventually creating an adequate source base for research.





Series of lectures:
6 Evenings of Reflections

I — memoirs of Polish immigrants An Ordinary Move. Memoirs of Polish immigrants to Canada 1988-2012, ed. J. Kozak, J. Lustanski, Toronto: CPRI 2014.

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00pm. Consulate General of Poland

II — Polish immigrants personalitiesK. Starczak-Kozłowska, Kanada uskrzydlona polskością…,  Wydawnictwo Krukowiak 2015.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:00pm. Consulate General of Poland

III — Black Ribbon Day Movement: round table discussion & book launch — Dr Edward Sołtys, Black Ribbon Day, Toronto: CPRI 2014.

March, 31, 2016 at 7:00pm. George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl., University of Toronto.

IV — book launch Dr Patryk Polec, Hurrah Revolutionaries. The Polish Canadian Communist Movement 1918-1948, McGill-Queen’s University Press 2015.

Date: TBA

V — thematic lecture — TBA

VI — thematic lecture — TBA

Black Ribbon Day

Newest Publication of the Institute

With an extreme pleasure, we announce that our Institute has just published a new collection of immigrants' memoirs! This bilingual book is titled Zwyczajna przeprowadzka / An Ordinary Move and edited by members of the Institute: Jacek Kozak and Joanna Lustanski. The volume contains eleven memoirs of the Polish immigrants to Canada who came here after 1988. The introduction was written by prof. Anna Reczynska of the Jagiellonian University.

Are you looking for a gift? There you go! All memoirs are available online. Just fill out the form below. Free shipping for orders over $40 (Canada and US destinations).


The book Black Ribbon Day in the hands of Prime Minister Stephen Harper
- Black Ribbon Day Celebrations in Ottawa

Black Ribbon Day 2014

Black Ribbon Day

The Canadian Polish Research Institute has just published a new book titled Black Ribbon Day by Dr. Edward Soltys. It concerns the history and activities of the Black Ribbon Day movement, established in Canada, which main focus was to commemorate victisms of Nazism and Stalinism after the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. The book available on our website through the book order form.


Konkurs Pamiętnikarski


Ontario Trillium Foundation

We are extremely happy to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to digitize our archives of Polish language newspapers and rare sociological and historical books. The preservation of these materials will enable scholars, students and the public to learn about the Polish community and its role in the social, cultural, economic, and political make-up of Toronto and Canada.
Read about it in Goniec


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