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Jewish Heritage Month Act, 2012, S.O. 2012, c. 1 - Bill 17

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This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 17 and does not form part of the law.  Bill 17 has been enacted as Chapter 1 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2012.

The Bill poclaims the month of May in each year as Jewish Heritage Month.


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An Act to proclaim the month of May Jewish Heritage Month

Assented to April 24, 2012


Ontario is home to approximately 200,000 Jewish Canadians.  Since the 1800s, the Jewish Canadian community has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario, while overcoming tremendous obstacles.

May is a significant month for the Jewish Canadian community.  Israeli Independence Day (Yom ha-Atzmaut) and Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom ha-Shoah) frequently occur in May, as do various Jewish artistic and cultural events. 

By proclaiming the month of May as Jewish Heritage Month, the Province of Ontario recognizes the important contributions that Jewish Canadians have made to Ontario’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric.  Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played, and continue to play, in communities across Ontario.

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

Jewish Heritage Month

1. The month of May in each year is proclaimed as Jewish Heritage Month.


2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

3. The short title of this Act is the Jewish Heritage Month Act, 2012.