Refuge Canada

Refuge Canada

Refugees face fear, shattered lives and often dangerous voyages in search of refuge. Canada has provided that refuge for many. However, over the course of the twentieth century, Canada has had a mixed record in welcoming refugees, reacting generously to some while overlooking others.

Refuge Canada provides the context for Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis and brings to light the challenges faced by refugees in Canada. The exhibition also shares stories of success and contributions made by people who came to Canada as refugees.

Drawing upon oral histories, archival images, artifacts and interactives, Refuge Canada shares the stories of refugees in an evocative and engaging way. The fully bilingual (English and French) exhibition aims to create a setting for visitors to make a personal connection to the feelings of pain, danger and hope experienced by refugees, and to be inspired and informed on refugee issues in Canada today.

Refuge Canada was developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and supported by TD Bank Group.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s sixth national museum, they share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and coast to coast. Their exhibitions immerse visitors in the immigration experience and allow for a deeper understanding of how newcomers shape our country.

Languages: French, English
Rental Cost: Under $15,000 CAD (or $25, 000 CAD for 24 weeks)
Shipping Cost: included in rental cost
Insurance: Additional
Minimum Rental Period: 12 weeks
Size: Under 5000 sq ft / 465 sq m  (requires 1300-1500 sq ft total)
Availability: 2020 and beyond
Security Level:
Number of Crates: 25
Total Crated Weight:
Original Objects: Yes
Interactives: Yes
Special Requirements: 
Supplementary Materials: Educational materials, promotional materials, communication guidelines

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax NS
March 10 – November 11, 2018

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Brampton Ontario
May 31 – September 13, 2019

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, AB
September 28, 2019 – December 7, 2020

Nanaimo Museum, Nanaimo, BC
January 25 – May 10, 2020

The Sir Alexander Galt Museum & Archives, Lethbridge AB
September 26, 2020 – Jan 10, 2021

The PumpHouse, Kingston ON
April – November 2021


For more information, please contact:

Lending Organization: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Contact Person: Sara England, Exhibitions Coordinator
Telephone: +1-902-425-7770 ext. 280