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S.M. 2021, c. 62

Bill 232, 3rd Session, 42nd Legislature

The Emancipation Day Act

Explanatory Note

This note was written as a reader's aid to the Bill and is not part of the law.

This Bill proclaims August 1 of each year as Emancipation Day.

(Assented to October 14, 2021)

WHEREAS the British Parliament abolished slavery in the British Empire as of August 1, 1834;

AND WHEREAS slavery existed in British North America prior to its abolition in 1834;

AND WHEREAS abolitionists and others who struggled against slavery, including those who arrived in Upper and Lower Canada by the Underground Railroad, have historically celebrated August 1 as Emancipation Day;

AND WHEREAS it is important to recognize the heritage of Manitoba's people of African descent and the contributions that the Black community have made and continue to make to Manitoba;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Emancipation Day


In each year, August 1 is to be known throughout Manitoba as Emancipation Day.

C.C.S.M. reference


This Act may be referred to as chapter E68 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force


This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.