[37] Bill 140 Original (PDF)

Bill 140 2001

An Act to proclaim Nikkei Heritage Day


The Nikkei, meaning overseas Japanese persons, faced significant challenges upon emigrating to Canada in the nineteenth century. Japanese Canadians were denied civil rights, had their property confiscated without compensation, and were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to internment camps during World War II.

The resilience of Japanese Canadians following these challenges allowed them to make significant contributions to their communities, province and country. Their rich culture and traditions have added to the exceptional diversity of Ontario and Canada.

On September 22, 1988, the Government of Canada offered redress to Japanese Canadians for the Government's actions during World War II.

It is appropriate to establish a day in Ontario to pay tribute to the important contribution that Japanese Canadians have made to the province.

Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

Nikkei Heritage Day

1. The Sunday closest to September 22 in each year is proclaimed as Nikkei Heritage Day.


2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

3. The short title of this Act is the Nikkei Heritage Day Act, 2001.



The Bill proclaims the Sunday closest to September 22 in each year as Nikkei Heritage Day.