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South Asian Heritage Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 29

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current December 14, 2001 (e-Laws currency date)


South Asian Heritage Act, 2001

S.O. 2001, CHAPTER 29

Consolidation Period: From December 14, 2001 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.


South Asian immigrants began arriving in Ontario at the start of the 20th century. Working primarily in the sawmill industry, South Asian immigrants settled in various parts of the province. For South Asians, the month of May has been a time of celebration and commemoration of their arrival from the Indian subcontinent to the Americas beginning on May 5, 1838.

While most South Asians came to our country from India, many others came to Ontario from such places as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji, the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Today, South Asians make up a significant proportion of Ontario’s population and are proud to draw upon their heritage and traditions, contributing to many aspects of culture, commerce and public service across this province.

It is appropriate to recognize and pay tribute to the contributions South Asians have made, and continue to make, to the development and general welfare of Ontario.

Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

South Asian Arrival Day

1. May 5 in each year is proclaimed as South Asian Arrival Day. 2001, c. 29, s. 1.

South Asian Heritage Month

2. The month of May in each year is proclaimed as South Asian Heritage Month. 2001, c. 29, s. 2.

3. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act). 2001, c. 29, s. 3.

4. Omitted (enacts short title of this Act). 2001, c. 29, s. 4.