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The UCRDC was established in 1986. It evolved from a committee formed by a group of Ukrainian Canadians in Toronto who were organizing a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine—the famine genocide perpetrated by the Soviet regime in 1932–1933 that claimed an estimated seven million Ukrainian lives.

The committee collected personal accounts from eyewitnesses of the famine living in Canada and set up a research fund, which in 1982, was formalized into the Ukrainian Famine Research Committee.

Using the collected material, the Famine Research Committee produced a documentary film Harvest of Despair four years later which enjoyed great success. Thus, in 1986 the Committee restructured into a research institute and changed its name to the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre.

Its scope, while continuing to encompass work on the Holodomor, was broadened to include research on other historical events relating to Ukrainians in Canada, Ukraine and other parts of the Ukrainian diaspora.

UCRDC also developed an Archive of oral history and other documentation, which could be used by researchers.

The work undertaken by UCRDC has received recognition and accolades from individuals, academic organizations and governments in Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ukraine, the United States, and other countries.


The UCRDC is funded through the sale of its films and publications, community organizational sponsorship and donations as well as individual donations and memorial gifts. An fundraising campaign is organized annually but it has brought in diminishing funds.

The UCRDC receives funding for specific research projects, from such academic institutions as the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, which provide scholarships for research work at the Centre, particularly for scholars from Ukraine.

Some government assistance is received: from the Department of Human Resources through its Student Summer Employment which allows the hiring of one or two students for the summer months. Occasionally, the Centre is awarded a grant for a specific project: e.g. the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for the Canadian Internment related exhibit and film.

Mr. Yaroslav Sokolyk,  Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Toronto branch) president presents the UCRDC with $10,000

Mr. Semen Babiy with a donation cheque from the Brotherhood of Veterans of the 1st-Division of the Ukrainian National Army

Ms. Elaine Ziemba, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration presenting a cheque on behalf of the Government of Ontario, with prof. Wasyl Janishewskyj, president

Our History

Patriarch Liubachivsky meets with
the UCRDC Directors at the residence of

Bishop Borecky

The UCRDC depends on voluntary donations – both individual and institutional - for its financing.

It provides receipts for tax purposes.