Canadian Multiculturalism Act
|Canadian Multiculturalism Act|
|An Act for the preservation and enhancement of multiculturalism in Canada|
|Citation||Canadian Multiculturalism Act|
|Enacted by||Parliament of Canada|
|Date assented to||July 21, 1988|
The Canadian Multiculturalism Act is a law, passed in 1988, that aims to preserve and enhance multiculturalism in Canada.
The federal government, under Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, declared in 1971 that Canada would adopt multicultural policy. Canada would recognize and respect its society included diversity in languages, customs, religions, and so on. In 1982 multiculturalism was recognized by section 27 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Canadian Multiculturalism Act was then enacted by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
The Canadian Multiculturalism Act affirms the policy of the government to ensure that every Canadian receives equal treatment by the government which respects and celebrates diversity. The Act also:
- recognizes Canada's multicultural heritage and that this heritage must be protected
- recognizes Aboriginal rights
- recognizes English and French remain the only official languages but that other languages may be used
- recognizes equality rights regardless of colour, religion, etc.
- recognizes minorities' rights to enjoy their cultures.
Section 3 (1) of the act states:
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Government of Canada to
(a) recognize and promote the understanding that multiculturalism reflects the cultural and racial diversity of Canadian society and acknowledges the freedom of all members of Canadian society to preserve, enhance and share their cultural heritage
(b) recognize and promote the understanding that multiculturalism is a fundamental characteristic of the Canadian heritage and identity and that it provides an invaluable resource in the shaping of Canada’s future
(c) promote the full and equitable participation of individuals and communities of all origins in the continuing evolution and shaping of all aspects of Canadian society and assist them in the elimination of any barrier to that participation
(d) recognize the existence of communities whose members share a common origin and their historic contribution to Canadian society, and enhance their development
(e) ensure that all individuals receive equal treatment and equal protection under the law, while respecting and valuing their diversity
(f) encourage and assist the social, cultural, economic and political institutions of Canada to be both respectful and inclusive of Canada’s multicultural character
(g) promote the understanding and creativity that arise from the interaction between individuals and communities of different origins
(h) foster the recognition and appreciation of the diverse cultures of Canadian society and promote the reflection and the evolving expressions of those cultures
(i) preserve and enhance the use of languages other than English and French, while strengthening the status and use of the official languages of Canada; and
(j) advance multiculturalism throughout Canada in harmony with the national commitment to the official languages of Canada.
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- Text at the Department of Justice Canada website
- Canadian Multiculturalism Act National Parole Board
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