The Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) was formed in 1986, when seventeen people met and agreed upon the need for a non-partisan organization gathering historians, political scientists, sociologists, academics, government officials and private individuals to develop and promote interest in Canadian immigration and refugee matters and history.
The Society is a non-profit corporation registered as a charitable organization under the Income Tax Act of Canada.
Our Society (CIHS) seeks to bring together individuals with an interest in immigration and refugee matters. We foster camaraderie, friendship and collegiality in pursuing the following objectives:
To support, encourage and promote research into the history of Canadian immigration and refugee questions;
To foster the collection and dissemination of that history;
To stimulate interest in and further the appreciation and understanding of the influence of immigration on Canada’s development and position in the world; and
To encourage people with immigration (and refugee) expertise to record their experiences for posterity.
The CIHS welcomes members of both Official Language communities in Canada and is committed over time, to use its limited resources to translate the main pages of its site. Contributions in either Official Language are more than welcome and, as appropriate, will be posted in the language the contributor has used.
Bulletin 104 - March 2023
The current issue features a variety of articles related to Canadian immigration. Thomas Tass provides a personal account of his time as Canada's first Immigration Control Officer at the Embassy of Canada in Warsaw, Poland. Gerry Maffre summarizes historical items recently donated to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Doug Dunnington shares his memories of working at Canada’s Immigration Headquarters in the late 1970s. In addition, two Lifetime Achievement Award winner citations from 2012 are reprinted with permission from Citizenship and Immigration Canada: Vu Cao and Susan Leith. The issue concludes with remembrances of former colleagues who have passed away, including Christine Foley, Brian McAdam, Ann Ratcliffe, Lyse Ricard, and Hume Smith.