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

Act current to 2020-01-08 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Multiculturalism policy

  •  (1) 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.

  • Marginal note:Federal institutions

    (2) It is further declared to be the policy of the Government of Canada that all federal institutions shall

    • (a) ensure that Canadians of all origins have an equal opportunity to obtain employment and advancement in those institutions;

    • (b) promote policies, programs and practices that enhance the ability of individuals and communities of all origins to contribute to the continuing evolution of Canada;

    • (c) promote policies, programs and practices that enhance the understanding of and respect for the diversity of the members of Canadian society;

    • (d) collect statistical data in order to enable the development of policies, programs and practices that are sensitive and responsive to the multicultural reality of Canada;

    • (e) make use, as appropriate, of the language skills and cultural understanding of individuals of all origins; and

    • (f) generally, carry on their activities in a manner that is sensitive and responsive to the multicultural reality of Canada.

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