The 2020 Annual Meeting has been cancelled.

It is our sincere regret that both Congress 2020 and the CCHA Annual Meeting will not be held this year.

Please find announcements from both the Canadian Catholic Historical Association and from the organizers of Congress 2020 below.

We thank you for your forbearance and wish you good health during these difficult times.

From the Canadian Catholic Historical Association:

As we all know COVID-19 implications has grounded every gathering in the world.  Everyone is at home and isolated. The Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences has finally stopped all further planning. A detailed explanation of the full cancellation of Congress 2020 can be found at

Please do not email Congress or the Federation or Western University regarding refunds or questions.  If there are any further questions upon reading this update please contact [email protected]

Congress and the Federation are not able to keep up with responding to emails while also refunding the thousands of delegates who require additional information. The Federation has asked the individual Associations to answer any questions still outstanding.



At this point Congress will issue a full refund without your having to request a refund. Please do not email them.  (Effective March 31, 2020)

Please contact Valerie Burke with questions at [email protected]

What’s next?

The CCHA Executive meets regularly at the University of St. Michael’s College every fall in order to commence the CCHA yearly activities.  We are hoping (fingers crossed) that this year will be no different.

Of course, no one can be sure.

President Peter Ludlow, will outline how and when that will happen for the Executive, but may also have an announcement to try and bring us together in the Fall.  With that in mind, please watch either Twitter or this website for further updates but of course, we cannot promise anything other than to say:

We hope that we will see each other again, in the near future.

Please stay safe and well. We need every Canadian Catholic Historian that we currently have!

Please thank our Organizers and Representatives at Congress and University of Western Ontario, for their tireless, valiant efforts during this difficult time.

From the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Dear Federation members,

First, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your collaboration and patience as we worked together to determine a contingency plan for Congress 2020.

After extensive consultations with members and key partners and a thorough evaluation of all possible scenarios, the Federation – in close collaboration with Western University – has decided there will not be an in-person Congress in 2020. However, we have developed a proposal to move Congress online, and will be working closely with associations who wish to participate.

Our number one priority is protecting public health and the health of all Congress participants. By taking Congress online, we can help “flatten the curve” while providing associations with alternate options for disseminating their members’ research. We will continue to encourage multidisciplinary engagement through association programming and open events, all under the 2020 theme Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism, which remains at the heart of our plans.

We will be consulting members on ways to achieve a strong focus on this important theme.

Early next week, we will be hosting a webinar for associations’ representatives who wish to get a preview of what a virtual Congress will look like. More details will follow, as will more information about our cancellation and refund procedures.

In order to move forward with logistical preparations, we will be asking associations to confirm their participation in a virtual Congress 2020 by March 27. We are committed to working closely with all of you as we make this transition, so that together we can ensure you are best equipped to host a successful online conference.

Moving Congress online is going to be a learning curve for everyone involved, but also a unique opportunity we can embrace together. Thank you, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with you to bring a virtual Congress to life.

Gabriel Miller
President and Chief Executive Officer
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences