This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 38 and does not form part of the law. Bill 38 has been enacted as Chapter 20 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2016.
The Bill proclaims the month of October of each year to be Islamic Heritage Month.
An Act to proclaim the month of October Islamic Heritage Month
Assented to November 2, 2016
Muslims have been contributing to all aspects of Ontario’s prosperity and diverse heritage for generations.
Islamic history and culture encompass a broad range of individual and collective experiences, as well as important contributions to literature, math, science, art and history.
In 2007 the Government of Canada declared the month of October in each year as Canadian Islamic History Month.
The Province of Ontario recognizes and wishes to affirm the important contributions that Muslims make in Ontario as part of the vibrant social, economic, political and cultural fabric of our province.
Proclaiming a month to be Islamic Heritage Month in Ontario will provide all Ontarians, both today and in future generations, with an opportunity to reflect, celebrate and learn about the rich and longstanding Islamic history in the Province and the diverse roles and contributions of Muslim people in communities across Ontario. This new understanding will in turn help combat anti-Islamic sentiment.
Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
Islamic Heritage Month
1. The month of October in each year is proclaimed as Islamic Heritage Month.