1944 - Racial Discrimination Act

On March 14th, 1944, Ontario becomes the first province to respond to social change when it passes the Racial Discrimination Act of 1944. This legislation prohibited the publication and display of any symbol, sign or notice that expressed ethnic, racial or religious discrimination. This was a major victory for all Black Canadians and the first of several provincial acts aimed at having people of all races viewed as equals. 

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