Emancipation Day

Starts August 1, 2023 then every year on the 1st of August

Canadians are invited to reflect, educate, and engage in the ongoing fight against anti-Black racism and discrimination. On March 24, 2021, the House of Commons voted unanimously to officially designate this as Emancipation Day. It marks the actual day in 1834 that the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect across the British Empire. Many people are not aware that Black and Indigenous Peoples were once enslaved on the land that is now Canada. Those who fought enslavement were pivotal in shaping our society to be as diverse as it is today. Emancipation Day celebrates the strength and perseverance of Black communities in Canada. Learn more…