70 Years of Canada
70th Anniversary of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
UNHCR Canada is travelling far and wide to visit refugees who have made Canada their home over the past 70 years. We invite you to watch, read, and cook alongside fellow Canadians and refugees as we learn about their stories, families, favourite home-cooked meals, traditions, and more.
Join us as we commemorate seven decades of Canadians standing #WithRefugees
Hear stories about everyday Canadians who were once refugees. Coming soon!
“Seven decades on, forced human displacement remains a global concern. The context is different, but the complexity remains immense. Today’s refugee crises are part of a growing flow of human mobility, driven by many overlapping elements.”
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Each year, UNHCR releases statistics on the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide, including refugees, internally displaced people, people seeking asylum and stateless people.
The 1951 Refugee Convention is the key legal document that forms the basis of our work. Ratified by 145 State parties, it defines the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of the displaced.
UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. Today, over 70 years later, our organization is still hard at work.
Timeline of Canada’s history of refuge
In Canada, UNHCR advocates for the resettlement of more refugees and ensures that asylum seekers are protected here. We also advocate to end the detention of asylum seekers and raise awareness of global refugees issues. Finally, we help other countries improve their refugee status determination systems.
Help us celebrate seven decades of advocacy and protection.
To commemorate our 70th anniversary, help UNHCR Canada provide life-saving aid to refugees. Your gift can safeguard the fundamental human rights of displaced persons and help them build a better future.