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May: Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian heritage continue to make to the growth and prosperity of Canada. Canadians are invited to take part in the events that honour the legacy of Canadians of Asian heritage who, throughout Canadian history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today.

Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s. In December 2001, the Senate of Canada adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.

About Asian Heritage Month

Learn more about the history of Asian Heritage Month.

Events in Asian Canadian history

Discover some events that helped shape Asian Canadian history.

Noteworthy Canadians of Asian origin

Read about some notable Canadians of Asian origin who have made a significant impact in Canadian society.

Organizations and educational resources

Find out more about national and provincial organizations as well as educational resources dedicated to commemorating and promoting Asian heritage in Canada.


Continuous journey regulation

Komagata Maru

Chinese Immigration Act

Japanese internment during the Second World War

Treatment of Japanese Canadians

Apology from the House of Commons

Year of Korea in Canada

Korean War Armistice

Year of the Korean War Veteran

Anniversary of Diplomatic relates between Korea and Canada

Earlier Event: May 1
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Later Event: May 1
International Workers Day