Bill 28, Hispanic Heritage Month Act, 2015

Martins, Cristina

Current Status: Royal Assent received Chapter Number: S.O. 2015 C.Pr15

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Bill 28                                                          2015

An Act to proclaim the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month


Ontario is home to more than 400,000 first-, second- and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. As early as 1914, Canadians who originated from the 23 Hispanic countries began immigrating to the province and today the Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing in Ontario. Hispanic-Canadians represent a dynamic community that has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario.

October is a significant month for the Hispanic community. Each year, during the month of October, peoples of Hispanic origin around the world come together and pay tribute to their shared culture. Celebrations are held around the world, such as Hispanic Day (Dia de la Hispanidad), the Day of the Cultures (Dia de las Culturas), Day of the Race (Dia de la Raza), Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity (Dia del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural), Day of Indigenous Resistance (Dia de la Resistencia Indigena), and the commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month in North America. In 2014, the City of Toronto joined in this commemoration and officially named October as Hispanic Heritage Month.

By proclaiming the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario, the province recognizes the rich contributions of Hispanic-Canadians to our social, economic, political and multicultural fabric. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in the province.

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

Hispanic Heritage Month

   1.  The month of October in each year is proclaimed as Hispanic 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 Hispanic Heritage Month Act, 2015.



This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 28 and does not form part of the law.  Bill 28 has been enacted as Chapter 4 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2015.

The Bill proclaims the month of October in each year as Hispanic Heritage Month.

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