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United Empire Loyalists' Day Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 42

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current December 18, 1997 (e-Laws currency date)


United Empire Loyalists’ Day Act, 1997

S.O. 1997, CHAPTER 42

Consolidation Period: From December 18, 1997 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.


The people of Ontario recognize and celebrate their heritage of loyalty to the Crown. One of the earliest groups to demonstrate that loyalty were the United Empire Loyalists who emigrated to Ontario from the United States of America so that they could continue to live under the Crown after the United States gained their independence in 1783.

The United Empire Loyalists were one of the main groups to populate Ontario at the time the Constitutional Act, 1791 (U.K.) created the Province of Upper Canada which was the predecessor of the Province of Ontario. That Act received Royal Assent on June 19, 1791.

It is important to recognize the contribution that the United Empire Loyalists have made and that their descendants 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:

United Empire Loyalists’ Day

1. June 19 in each year is proclaimed as United Empire Loyalists’ Day. 1997, c. 42, s. 1.

2. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act). 1997, c. 42, s. 2.

3. Omitted (enacts short title of this Act). 1997, c. 42, s. 3.