Lions Gate Bridge in Christ Church, Vancouver (detail)  c. 1937


The Institute for Stained Glass in Canada is a not-for-profit educational society based in Vancouver, registered since 2007 under the Societies Act of British Columbia.

Aside from early grants from the three Prairie provinces we have so far had no assistance from the various National and Provincial heritage entities, in spite of the steady loss of thousands of Canada’s most precious historic buildings. Our goal is to raise awareness of Canada’s extensive range of stained glass, and its context within both traditional and modern work in other countries. We hope this archaeology of the recent past will help preserve Canada’s stained glass inventory, and the often irreplaceable buildings in which it is found. 

An enormous range of traditional and contemporary styles — in churches, synagogues, mosques, court houses, libraries, hotels, hospitals, schools, legion halls, legislatures and college buildings — reveals Canada’s most widespread public art.

Only a very few books on Canadian stained glass have been published, but you can check Amazon.  We are a small group of photographers and researchers based in Vancouver, with collaborators in Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Our Board includes several well-known British Columbians. The Institute has no commercial interests. We depend for ongoing development on support from heritage agencies, foundations and contributions by people like you.

Please consider supporting our work on behalf of your province or community.

Patrick Burns, Founder