Call for proposals to host a future Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 

Open to Canadian institutions members of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 

We are currently accepting proposals to host Congress in 2026, and expressions of interest for Congress 2027 and 2028.  

Hosting Congress has many benefits. It is an unparalleled opportunity to showcase innovative and impactful research, and to unite institutions’ faculty, students, administrators and community partners around an important, campus-wide initiative. It is also a chance for universities to play a leadership role in celebrating and supporting the humanities and social sciences, and to be at the forefront of critical conversations on pressing social and racial justice issues. 

Congress typically takes place in late May/early June over seven to eight days. The University of British Columbia (UBC) hosted Congress in 2019 and set a record with over 10,600 attendees from over 45 countries. Congress 2021, held virtually in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, attracted attendees from 72 countries. Congress 2022 was held virtually from May 12 to 20, 2022 and brought together attendees from 81 countries. York University hosted Congress 2023 on its Glendon and Keele campuses in Toronto with over 10,000 attendees. Congress 2024 will be held at McGill University from June 12 to June 21, 2024. Congress 2025 will be hosted at George Brown College.

Call for proposals to host Congress 2026-2028 

The Federation asks interested institutions to submit their expression of interest and intent letter, following the guidelines (coming soon). The guidelines will provide your institution and local tourism office with the information needed to support a host bid proposal. 

If you have questions about the selection process, please contact us at

Future Congress dates 




2025 TBD George Brown College, Toronto


June 12 to 21, 2024 

McGill University, Montreal


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Past Congress partner universities 

2023 York University

2022 Virtual Event

2021 University of Alberta (virtual Congress) 

2020 Western University (cancelled due to COVID-19)  

2019 The University of British Columbia  

2018  University of Regina  

2017 Ryerson University   

2016 University of Calgary  

2015  University of Ottawa 

2014 Brock University   

2013 University of Victoria   

2012 Wilfrid Laurier University / University of Waterloo  

2011 University of New Brunswick / St. Thomas University  

2010 Concordia University  

2009 Carleton University  

2008 University of British Columbia 

2007 University of Saskatchewan  

2006 York University  

2005 University of Western Ontario  

2004 University of Manitoba  

2003 Dalhousie University / University of King’s College  

2002 University of Toronto / Ryerson Polytechnic University  

2001 Université Laval