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.


Polish Footsteps

The Canadian Polish Research Institute has published an extraordinary album titled In the Footsteps of Polish Pioneers on the Canadian Prairies that is dedicated Polish marks on the Canadian Prairies. Authors, Grażyna i Lech Gałęzowscy, who are members of th Institute, have spent more than 15 years crisscrossing the prairies in search of known and forgotten Polish settlements.

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Canada 150

Z okazji 150. urodzin Kanady Jacek Kozak, dziennikarz, historyk i pasjonat losów tego kraju, przygotował szkice biograficzne 150 ciekawych postaci, które zapisały się w historii i teraźniejszości Kanady. Zapraszamy do lektury na

PROJECT: Digitizing Archives

From July to October 2016, our Institute, along with a group of researchers from the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, was working on the project Dokumentacja aktywności Polonii w Toronto na rzecz Polski i polskich imigrantów w latach 80 i 90 XX wieku, which was awarded by the Senate of the Republic of Poland. As a result, we are gradually building a repository of digital materials, like Polish newspapers and magazines “Zwiazkowiec”, “Echo”, Tygodnik Torontonski”, “Kwartalnik SPK” as well as interviews and memoirs of Polish activists of the 1980s and 1990s. The digitized materials are going to be available online on our site and be part of the upcoming infrastructure of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and The Canadian Polish Research Institute.

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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 — The fascinating story of the Polish Soldiers who fought in the War of 1812 Stan Skrzeszewski, a historian and poet

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00pm. Consulate General of Poland. Free admission

V — Kanadyjczycy 150 Jacek Kozak, Kanadyjczycy 150. Szkice biograficzne przygotowane z okazji 150 rocznicy Dominium Kanady. Mississauga: K-ART 2017.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:00pm. Consulate General of Poland. Free admission. RSVP:

VI — In the Footsteps of Polish Pioneers on the Canadian Prairies Grażyna and Lech Galezowski, In the Footsteps of Polish Pioneers on the Canadian Prairies. Toronto: CPRI 2018.

Friday, October 19, 2018at 7:00pm. Consulate General of Poland. Free admission. RSVP:

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.


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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


Canada 150






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