Multiculturalism

As the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, British Columbia welcomes nearly 40,000 new immigrants every year. A rich multicultural society helps nurture inclusiveness, understanding and mutual respect. It is up to all of us to ensure that our multicultural society is supported today and for future generations.

One of B.C.’s greatest strengths is the diversity of the people who call this province home. Cultural diversity and increased participation and engagement by all cultures is vitally important to create a strong and vibrant social and economic future for British Columbia.

B.C.’s multicultural society is a key incentive to attract newcomers to our province and help address our regional skill shortages and grow our economy. With one million job openings expected by 2020 in B.C., immigrants will play a vital role in the economic well-being of the province.

Latest News

 
November 19, 2016

Five B.C. multicultural champions were recognized Nov. 18, 2016, before friends, family and their peers at the seventh British Columbia Multicultural Awards. The awards recognize British Columbians whose exceptional work helps bring diverse cultures together by embracing diversity and promoting multiculturalism.
 
May 3, 2016
 
The 21st annual Report on Multiculturalism (ROM) highlights government’s commitment to diversify the B.C. Public Service to ensure it is inclusive of all British Columbians.
 
April 29, 2016
 
In recognition of the more than one million British Columbians who identify their ethnic origin as Asian, representing a wide range of language, ethnicities and religious traditions, the B.C. government is proud to proclaim May 2016 as Asian Heritage Month.
 
March 31, 2016
 
More than 120 organizations from Dawson Creek to Victoria and communities in between are receiving a total of $300,000 in multiculturalism grants to help celebrate British Columbia's rich multicultural heritage and promote empathy and inclusiveness in B.C.
 
New funding supports anti-racism networks throughout B.C.
November 24, 2015

Fourteen organizations throughout the province are each receiving at least $10,000 and up to $50,000 to support the work they do to help stamp out racism in B.C.
 
B.C.'s multicultural champions reap awards
November 21, 2015
 
Five multicultural champions were recognized Nov. 20, 2015, before friends, family and their peers at the sixth British Columbia Multicultural Awards event.
 

British Columbia's multicultural diversity is in our DNA
November 17, 2015

The most ethnically diverse province in Canada, B.C. is celebrating Multiculturalism Week by recognizing the province’s multicultural champions in the British Columbia Multicultural Awards event on Nov. 20, 2015, in Vancouver.

View proclamation (PDF)

Multiculturalism grants support diversity in B.C.
October 20, 2015

The B.C. government is providing $300,000 through the Multiculturalism Grant program to support organizations whose activities promote British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage, and nurture empathy and inclusion.  View news release

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