Canadian Multiculturalism Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 24 (4th Supp.))

Act current to 2014-07-22 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MULTICULTURALISM POLICY OF CANADA

Marginal note:General responsibility for coordination

 The Minister, in consultation with other ministers of the Crown, shall encourage and promote a coordinated approach to the implementation of the multiculturalism policy of Canada and may provide advice and assistance in the development and implementation of programs and practices in support of the policy.

Marginal note:Specific mandate
  •  (1) The Minister shall take such measures as the Minister considers appropriate to implement the multiculturalism policy of Canada and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, may

    • (a) encourage and assist individuals, organizations and institutions to project the multicultural reality of Canada in their activities in Canada and abroad;

    • (b) undertake and assist research relating to Canadian multiculturalism and foster scholarship in the field;

    • (c) encourage and promote exchanges and cooperation among the diverse communities of Canada;

    • (d) encourage and assist the business community, labour organizations, voluntary and other private organizations, as well as public institutions, in ensuring full participation in Canadian society, including the social and economic aspects, of individuals of all origins and their communities, and in promoting respect and appreciation for the multicultural reality of Canada;

    • (e) encourage the preservation, enhancement, sharing and evolving expression of the multicultural heritage of Canada;

    • (f) facilitate the acquisition, retention and use of all languages that contribute to the multicultural heritage of Canada;

    • (g) assist ethno-cultural minority communities to conduct activities with a view to overcoming any discriminatory barrier and, in particular, discrimination based on race or national or ethnic origin;

    • (h) provide support to individuals, groups or organizations for the purpose of preserving, enhancing and promoting multiculturalism in Canada; and

    • (i) undertake such other projects or programs in respect of multiculturalism, not by law assigned to any other federal institution, as are designed to promote the multiculturalism policy of Canada.

  • Marginal note:Provincial agreements

    (2) The Minister may enter into an agreement or arrangement with any province respecting the implementation of the multiculturalism policy of Canada.

  • Marginal note:International agreements

    (3) The Minister may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, enter into an agreement or arrangement with the government of any foreign state in order to foster the multicultural character of Canada.

Marginal note:Responsibilities of other Ministers
  •  (1) The ministers of the Crown, other than the Minister, shall, in the execution of their respective mandates, take such measures as they consider appropriate to implement the multiculturalism policy of Canada.

  • Marginal note:Provincial agreements

    (2) A minister of the Crown, other than the Minister, may enter into an agreement or arrangement with any province respecting the implementation of the multiculturalism policy of Canada.