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

Forty-one British Columbians were honoured at this year’s Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism awards for their outstanding contribution and service in fighting racism and strengthening multiculturalism in communities across B.C.
Seventy-six community groups are receiving funding for projects designed to promote multiculturalism and break down barriers to inclusivity in B.C. through the Province’s Multiculturalism Grant Program. 
The Province would like to recognize people who are enhancing multiculturalism and actively standing up to racism and hate.
B.C.’s Multiculturalism Grants Program has been expanded to help organizations who are working to improve cultural interactions, reduce barriers and remove discrimination for people to create a more inclusive province. 
Opinion editorial by By Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism
Province tables human rights commission legislation
November 1, 2018
Government has introduced legislative amendments to the Human Rights Code that will re-establish a human rights commission for B.C. to promote and protect human rights for all British Columbians.
The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver are joining together to have Vancouver’s Chinatown  designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, because of its outstanding universal value.
The Province of British Columbia joins Canadians across the nation in celebrating February 2018 as Black History Month.
The Thompson Okanagan Respect Network will be using recently announced anti-racism funding to make Okanagan communities safer and more inclusive.
People throughout British Columbia will be better equipped to challenge racism, hate and discrimination in their communities as a result of funding to 32 community organizations.
On International Human Rights Day, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism Ravi Kahlon released a report with 25 recommendations for establishing the new B.C. human rights commission.
Applications are now being accepted for the next round of funding through the Multiculturalism Grant Program. The intake process began Nov. 14, 2017, and will close on Jan. 8, 2018.

Province marks Multiculturalism Week with more support to fight racism, promote diversity
November 14, 2017
The British Columbia government is strengthening its support for addressing racism and promoting multiculturalism with a commitment of $250,000 to the BC Anti-racism Network and the appointment of new members to the Multicultural Advisory Council.

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.
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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.