German Pioneers Day Act, 2000
S.O. 2000, CHAPTER 7
Consolidation Period: From June 23, 2000 to the e-Laws currency date.
German immigrants began arriving in large numbers in Upper Canada, which is present day Ontario, during the eighteenth century along with other United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution. They continued to settle in Ontario during the era of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the nineteenth century.
They settled in various areas of Ontario and especially in and around the City of Kitchener, whose annual Oktoberfest festival provides a time for all citizens of Ontario to reflect on and celebrate our province’s living German heritage.
As one of the founding groups of Ontario, German pioneers helped settle the province and made their rich cultural traditions and values an integral part of Canadian society. Ontario citizens of German descent continue to make a significant contribution to Ontario and Canada.
It is appropriate to establish a day on which to pay tribute to our historic German legacy in Ontario.
Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
German Pioneers Day
1. The day following Thanksgiving Day in each year is proclaimed as German Pioneers Day. 2000, c. 7, s. 1.
2. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act). 2000, c. 7, s. 2.
3. Omitted (enacts short title of this Act). 2000, c. 7, s. 3.