World Refugee Day Events

​Canadians will celebrate World Refugee Day across the country. How will you celebrate? Here are some World Refugee Day events.

Photo: © UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

Join us at one of our World Refugee Day events, or contact us for more information!

Stay tuned for World Refugee Day events in 2021.

Revisit World Refugee Day events from 2020



Event: WUSC is hosting a social media challenge for World Refugee Day

Join our network of student groups and young leaders on Saturday, June 20 for a social media challenge to mark this important day. Let us know how you are supporting refugees. Raise awareness on this issue and inspire others to make a positive impact on the lives of refugees in Canada and all around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to test your knowledge through our quiz.

Check our website and social media on Saturday! #MyActionForRefugees

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Event: Virtual Fitness Class

Join the Young Leaders Committee on Saturday, June 27th at 12pm EST, for a Virtual Fitness Class with Sopearin Yos, one of Toronto’s top personal trainers and the owner of Common Ground. Learn some tips and tricks you can leverage at home, while making a positive impact on the lives of refugees around the world. This event is about raising awareness and funds in honour of Pride Month, and in support of LGBT and other vulnerable refugees. Once you have made a donation of at least $25 in support of UNHCR Canada, a link to the event will be sent to your inbox. Help us have a global impact with a night of fun and fitness.



Event: Our Story – A World Refugee Day Online Event – June 19 at 1pm EDT

Newly settled refugees share their personal stories of perseverance through the economic challenges created by the health pandemic. Better appreciate how refugees across Canada have been economically affected by the pandemic and learn how you can be a changemaker!

Special guests will join the conversation to explore how Canadians can provide support.

  • Marco Mendicino | Government of Canada, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Rana Khan | UNHCR, Head of Toronto Field Office
  • Ian Lobo | Accenture, Managing Director, Accenture Development Partnerships
  • Hammad Siddiqui | Center for International Private Enterprise, Program Director – Asia



Event: Come celebrate with us, World Refugee Day (CCR Virtual Spring Consultation)

On-line storytelling on access and inclusion: Come celebrate World Refugee Day with us!

On 20 June, you are invited to participate in a free on-line storytelling event featuring refugees, front-line workers or others working with refugees and vulnerable migrants.

During these unprecedented times, we have been overwhelmed with stories of struggle. On World Refugee Day, we want to give space to stories of courage and resilience expressed through the universal language of the arts. The day will feature visual, performance, literary and media arts.

Bring your friends, all are our welcome to attend.

When: 20 June, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Where: GoToWebinars

We want your artistic contributions. Do you practice visual, performance, literary or media arts?

We are looking for your contributions. Come share your songs, spoken word, poems, short videos, paintings, photo series, play excerpts, short stories, oral histories, or read passages from your favourite book. You will have 3-5 mintues to be on our virtual stage. Amateur or professional artists are welcome!

To propose your artistic contribution, please contact Sandra Gasana at


Event: Ipsos World Refugee Day Film Festival

Saturday June 20 7-9 pm EST

WATCH A FILM, HELP A REFUGEE: Join Ipsos for a 2-hour journey through the eyes of refugees where you will witness real-life struggles, hardship, compassion and hope. The term “put yourself in someone else’s shoes” will foster an uncompromised vulnerability and perhaps truly allow you to step into their world.



Event: “At Home” World Refugee Day 2020

June 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to experience how events beyond our control can radically change our everyday lives. Refugees face fear and uncertainty everyday and every June 20th we mark World Refugee Day to commemorate the strength and courage of refugees around the world.
In the past we have gathered together to learn and reflect about our roles as refugee sponsors. Obviously this year things are going to be a little different in order to keep everyone healthy and safe.
We all need to continue taking actions that will help keep everyone healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means staying at home as much as possible and by practising physical distancing.
So, this June 20th we are inviting you to our “At Home” World Refugee Day Event!
By buying your online event ticket you are not only commemorating World Refugee Day, but you are ensuring AURA will be able to continue providing  support and expertise to groups involved in refugee sponsorship and resettlement.
Your “At Home” event ticket gives you:
  • A chance to win a $125 gift card from Plantables.  You may have seen our Plantables fundraiser earlier this spring, the $125 is enough to get one of everything Plantables grows and have them delivered right to your door! Keep them all or share them with your family, friends, or neighbours.
  • Early access to the online auction.
  • And most importantly, you are showing your continued support for refugees



Event: COVID-19 and World Refugee Day: Salvation Army Meets Needs of Displaced People Internationally

Marking the UN’s World Refugee Day on Saturday 20 June, The Salvation Army is holding a special screening of Displaced, its new documentary which tells the stories of refugees entering Brazil – particularly those fleeing Venezuela for northern Brazil – and hears from some of the many relief agencies supporting them. Although filmed before COVID-19 hit, the IHQ Communications film crew will be on hand to address comments and answer questions, along with representatives from International Emergency Services and the leader of The Salvation Army in Brazil, Colonel S. Edward Horwood. Tune in from 1 p.m. EDT time at

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Event: ‘Distant but Together’ – MAP’s World Refugee Day events on June 20​

World Refugee Day is on June 20th and MAP (Multi-Agency Partnership) has a great online event planned to celebrate refugees, their amazing talents and how they contribute to our communities!

In a world where 70.8 million people are displaced and violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, our community is proud to stand with refugees and recognize their journeys and resilience.

Join us from 2-4 PM for a celebration filled with music, poetry, speakers, and more! And stay tuned for spotlights on some of the wonderful people who will be sharing their talents and stories with us!





Event: Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) hosting month’s worth of activities for World Refugee Day

Each Friday in June: CARE will share episodes from its ‘Journeys of Hope’ documentary series, which were filmed in 2016 and shown as part of Alberta Culture Days.

Wednesdays: CARE also hosts Culture Talks, a livestreamed discussion on its Facebook page, every Wednesday at 1 p.m. This month, all the guests will be current or former refugees.

Throughout the month: CARE is also creating a photo project allowing local refugees or former refugees the chance to show through visual means what being a refugee and having come to Canada means to them. It will follow a similar format to the Humans of New York project.





Event: World Refugee Day (Virtual Celebration!)

In place of our usual backyard bash, this year we’re hosting an exciting virtual celebration featuring Congolese band Krystaal and other special guests. Ms. Rema Jamous Imseis, of UNHCR Canada, will open our event as a special guest.

We will also be launching “Matthew House World Table” a special fundraising campaign featuring former refugees from our community who will share favourite recipes and stories from their homeland. Learn to cook awesome meals and support refugees in the process.


June 18, 8:30pm


Special Guests

Performance by Krystaal

Live chat with the band

Meal Draw



Event: Separate but Together!

Matthew House Windsor- Friday June 19, 4-9pm Facebook Live event with live performances, interviews and stories from current and former refugees, plus Q and A with staff of Matthew House




Event: World Refugee Day online event June 19 at 11am CDT

MANSO and member agencies of newcomer service providers will come together to mark World Refugee Day (WRD) on June 19, 2020. WRD is a day to honour the strength and courage of refugees.

Please join us in remembering the strength, courage, and resilience of refugees on June 19th as we commemorate World Refugee Day.  This virtual public awareness event will provide an opportunity for us to reflect on our shared global responsibility to respond to the devastating forced displacement crisis around the world.  Especially at this time when we are under the strain of a worldwide pandemic, let’s not forget the plight of those for whom this situation adds another level of suffering and struggle.

The event will highlight opportunities to learn more about refugees and private sponsors and will include:

  • Our guest speaker, the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Chair of the World Refugee Council (WRC). Lloyd served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Employment and Immigration and he is one of Canada’s leading voices on global migration and refugee protection
  • Tareq Hadhad, former Syrian refugee and the founder of Peace by Chocolate. His story has been heard and inspired so many people around the world.
  • A video about Manitoba refugees, and
  • Special music

We welcome our members to register for the event and participate in the event via zoom.  Members of the public are welcome to participate in the event via Facebook live stream.  We look forward to your participation as individuals and service providers on June 19th at 11:00 AM (CDT).



We stand together #WithRefugees. Please stand with us.

Over 79 million people are displaced worldwide. Each day thousands more flee their homes.

On June 20, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees.

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