1. About
  2. Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) was established by the Canada Council for the Arts in 1957. Since then, the Canada Council for the Arts and the CCUNESCO have not only shared a history, but a common goal to promote the sustainable development of society through the arts, culture, equity and peace. Their common paths  ̶  as well as their often shared activities and initiatives  ̶  strengthen their contributions to a better future for all in Canada and around the world.


The Canadian Commission for UNESCO helps Canadians share knowledge locally and globally in order to create better societies and build peace in the minds of men and women. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and information to address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. With the support of its many partners and networks, CCUNESCO contributes to building inclusive communities, encourages innovation and supports the protection of heritage and the biosphere.

Canadian Commision for UNESCO


  • inclusive societies
  • environmental protection
  • gender equity
  • education for all
  • global citizenship
  • sustainable cities
  • cultural diversity
  • preservation of heritage
  • reconciliation

Report on Activities 2016/17

Learn more about the Commission’s work in their Report on Activities 2016/17.