May is Jewish Heritage Month in Canada and in Ontario
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May is Jewish Heritage Month
The Jewish Heritage Month Ontario Legislation was passed unanimously on February 23, 2012. The legislation states “Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played, and continue to play, in communities across Ontario.”
The Jewish Heritage Month Bill was introduced by MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) and co-sponsored by MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park) and MPP Peter Shurman (Thornhill).
In May of 2017, The Canadian Senate passed Bill S-232 recognizing May as Jewish Heritage Month Canada. The bill was introduced by Sen. Linda Frum and co-sponsored by York Centre MP Michael Levitt.
Canada is home to the fourth largest Jewish population in the world. There are close to 400,000 Jewish residents in Canada and almost half of that number resides in Ontario. Jewish settlers in Canada can be traced as far back as 1760. Jewish Canadians have proudly contributed to Canadian heritage in all of its facets including the military, the arts, government, business, academia, law, medicine, culture, and sports. Throughout the month of May, we celebrate the contributions Jewish Canadians make to our great country and our great province. Please take the time to celebrate this month in your workplace.