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 20, 2019
Communities throughout British Columbia will be safer and more inclusive for people with the launch of .the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network
 
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 8, 2019
People soon will be able to learn about, and celebrate, the history of Chinese Canadians in British Columbia as the Province takes another step toward establishing a Chinese Canadian museum.
 
July 18, 2019
Society defines Bibi Firdos Dilmahomed as a woman, a professional, an immigrant and a Muslim. She is much more than these labels. She is one of the people Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary, will meet with as part of his engagement tour with community leaders this summer to discuss how to better fight racism in the province.
 
May 3, 2019
Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism, have issued the following statement in honour of Asian Heritage Month in British Columbia.
 
April 2, 2019
Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism, have issued the following statement in honour of Sikh Heritage Month in British Columbia.
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.