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Tamil Heritage Month Act, 2014, S.O. 2014, c. 4 - Bill 156

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This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 156 and does not form part of the law.  Bill 156 has been enacted as Chapter 4 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2014.


The Bill proclaims the month of January in each year as Tamil Heritage Month.


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An Act to proclaim the month of January Tamil Heritage Month

Assented to March 25 2014


Tamils began migrating to Ontario as early as the 1940s.  Since that time, Tamil Canadians have overcome tremendous obstacles and have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario.

January is an important month for Tamil Canadians.  The Tamil Harvest Festival, Thai Pongal, as well as other Tamil artistic and cultural events, take place in January.

By proclaiming the month of January as Tamil Heritage Month, the Province of Ontario recognizes the valuable contributions that Tamil Canadians have made to Ontario’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric.  Tamil Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Tamil 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:

Tamil Heritage Month

1. The month of January in each year is proclaimed as Tamil 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 Tamil Heritage Month Act, 2014.