As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our strength lies in our diversity. Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world and was the first to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy. In fact, the Canadian Multicultural Policy is 50 years old this year.
B.C. is the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, welcoming more than 40,000 new immigrants every year. Our most populous city, Vancouver, is one of the most multicultural cities in Canada and in the world. This is a great start, however, we can all do much more to make B.C. as inclusive, and welcoming as possible for people of all ethnicities, religions, and cultural backgrounds.
Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27th provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of multiculturalism in shaping Canada and B.C.. To show your support we invite you to celebrate diversity among B.C.’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Businesses of all sizes can take various steps to help make B.C. a more diverse and inclusive place—from training staff in diversity to supporting BIPOC-owned suppliers and service providers. Here are a few resources and opportunities:
Provincial and federal governments have created a range of supports for specific business owners, including:
Here’s a selection of other resources and services for businesses of all types:
When it comes to celebrating, recognizing, and supporting multiculturalism in B.C., we’re doing well but we can do better. Support local businesses in your community through the BC Marketplace.
We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.