On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am pleased to mark Sikh Heritage Month with Ontario’s Sikh community.
Over a century ago, Sikhs came to Canada to find opportunity and build new lives. They overcame many challenges and went on to establish businesses, excel in the professions and trades — and prosper.
Today, Ontario is proud to be home to a dynamic and engaged Sikh community whose faith enshrines the ideals of equality, social justice, and service to others. Its members have made their mark in public service, business, the arts and many other professions — and helped build our multicultural success story.
As Premier, I have had the honour of getting to know the leaders and members of the Sikh community. I have been impressed by the community’s faith in action through the Seva Food Bank, which helps provide safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to low-income families. I have also had the pleasure of participating in the annual Khalsa Day Parade, which draws thousands of people from across the Greater Toronto Area.
My colleagues in government and I recognize that April is an important month for Sikh Canadians. This is the month when Sikh Canadians celebrate Vaisakhi, which marks the creation of the Khalsa in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
With the proclamation of the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month, Ontarians have the opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that Sikh Canadians have made to our social, economic, political and cultural fabric.
I offer my best wishes for a meaningful and joyous celebration.
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