Multiculturalism

As the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, British Columbia welcomes more than 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.

Latest News

New project to showcase Punjabi Canadian history in B.C.
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 
VANCOUVER – British Columbia is celebrating the contributions of the Punjabi Canadian community to its economy, history and culture through the development of new educational supports, exhibits and online resources. 

More supports to combat racism through Resilience BC
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 
VICTORIA – The Province is strengthening anti-hate and anti-racism supports with 34 new organizations offering Resilience BC services in 40 B.C. communities.

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Province honours outstanding contributions that combat racism
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 
VICTORIA – Forty-five individuals and organizations were recognized for their excellence in fostering inclusiveness and anti-racism efforts as this year’s nominees of the B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards.

Premier's statement on Eid al-Fitr
May 23, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement on Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan
 
May 23, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has released the following statement in recognition of the anniversary of the Komagata Maru's arrival in British Columbia on May 23, 1914
 
May 17, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has released the following statement about racist activity in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic:
 
May 17, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan and Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, have issued the following statement recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
 
May 15, 2020
VICTORIA – Anne Kang, Minister of Citizens’ Services and responsible for Multiculturalism, has issued the following statement in response to the increase in hate crimes and incidents towards people of Asian heritage in B.C.
 
May 5, 2020
VICTORIA – More supports for communities will be available following a rise in racist incidents targeting Asian people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
May 3, 2020
VICTORIA – Anne Kang, Minister of Citizens’ Services and responsible for Multiculturalism, has issued the following statement in honour of Asian Heritage Month in British Columbia
 
April 23, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in honour of the month of Ramadan
 
April 13,2020 
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in honour of Vaisakhi
 
March 21, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan and Anne Kang, Minister of Citizens’ Services and responsible for Multiculturalism, have issued the following statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
 
March 19, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in celebration of Nowruz on Thursday, March 19, 2020
 
March 17, 2020
VICTORIA – Communities throughout B.C. will be safer and more inclusive for people, with 75 projects supported through the latest round of BC Multiculturalism Grants.
 
Feb. 1, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement on Black History Month, February 2020
 
Jan. 31, 2020
COMOX – Adrian Dix, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, have issued the following statement regarding hateful messages at the Ecole Au-coeur-de-l’ile francophone school in Comox:
 
Jan. 24, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in celebration of Lunar New Year, beginning Saturday, Jan. 25:
 
Jan. 29, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement marking the third anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec on Jan. 29, 2017
 
Jan. 27, 2020
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau:
 
November 15, 2019
Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture issued a statement after receiving the National Association of Japanese Canadians’ report, Recommendations for Redressing Historical Wrongs Against Japanese Canadians in BC: Community Consultation 
 
November 20, 2019
Communities throughout British Columbia will be safer and more inclusive for people with the launch of .the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network