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Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

On July 16, 2019, Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow and his Council proclaimed October 2019 as Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Richmond Hill.

The Month of October 2019 marked a significant moment in history 

because it was the first time ever that Hispanic Heritage Month was recognized and observed in the City of Richmond Hill.

A celebration to honour this milestone occurred on October 30, 2019, at Cosmo Music Superstore in Richmond Hill.

Present at this inaugural event, where: MPP Michael Parsa, Mayor Dave Barrow, Councillor David West, and Councillor Tom Muench.

The first-ever Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Richmond Hill

BILL C-317

An Act to designate the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month

BILL C-317

An Act to designate the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month


This enactment designates the month of October each and every year as “Hispanic Heritage Month”.

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, 64-65 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016


BILL C-317

An Act to designate the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month


Whereas the Parliament of Canada recognizes that the Hispanic population of Canada represents an important social group, with almost 900,000 people declaring Spanish as their native language in 2011 and reporting Latin-American and Spanish origins;

Whereas, in 2002, 82% of those who reported a Latin- American heritage felt a strong sense of belonging to Canada, and 57% had the same feeling towards their Hispanic ethnic and social group;

Whereas encouraging social and cultural development within and outside of a vibrant and culturally diverse Hispanic Canadian community is important

for the future of the Canadian economy;

And whereas providing national opportunities for Hispanic populations in Canada to share and promote their unique culture and traditions with Canadians would encourage social unity; 

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows: 

Short title

1 This Act may be cited as the Hispanic Heritage Month Act.

Hispanic Heritage Month

2 Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the month of October is to be known as “Hispanic Heritage Month”.

Available on the Parliament of Canada Web Site at the following address:

The PDF version of Bill 317 can be obtained through this link:

Hispanic Heritage

Proclamation 2019

This proclamation recognized the inaugural 

Hispanic Heritage Month of October 2019 in Richmond Hill.

Hispanic Heritage 

Proclamation 2020

For the second year in a row, the above proclamation recognized October 2020 as 

Hispanic Heritage Month in Richmond Hill.

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