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Holocaust Memorial Day Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c. 25

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current December 18, 1998 (e-Laws currency date)


Holocaust Memorial Day Act, 1998

S.O. 1998, CHAPTER 25

Consolidation Period: From December 18, 1998 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.


The Holocaust refers to a specific event in history, namely, the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933-1945.

Six million Jewish Holocaust victims were murdered. Others were also victims of Nazism and its collaborators, including those with physical and mental disabilities, those targeted for racial and religious reasons and those targeted because of their sexual orientation.

Canada, along with other Allied nations, took part in the armed struggle to defeat Nazism and its collaborators.

This event affected the lives of all Ontarians, especially those who fought during World War II and helped liberate the inmates of labour and concentration camps.

Most of the Jewish Holocaust survivors who emigrated to Canada settled in the province of Ontario.

It is appropriate to establish a Holocaust Memorial Day – Yomha-Shoah in Ontario to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust of 1933-1945.

Such a day would provide an opportunity to reflect on and educate about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust. This day shall also provide an opportunity to consider other instances of systematic destruction of peoples, human rights issues and the multicultural reality of modern society.

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

Holocaust Memorial Day – Yom ha-Shoah

1. Yom ha-Shoah or the Day of the Holocaust, as determined in each year by the Jewish lunar calendar, is proclaimed as Holocaust Memorial Day – Yom ha-Shoah. 1998, c. 25, s. 1.

2. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act). 1998, c. 25, s. 2.

3. Omitted (enacts short title of this Act). 1998, c. 25, s. 3.