Canadian Multiculturalism Today
Today, multiculturalism is a deeply-rooted policy in Canadian society. It has been incorporated into the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, though only as "an interpretative lens" for other rights and freedoms. Section 27 of the Charter states:
"Section 27. This Charter shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the preservation and enhancement of the multicultural heritage of Canadians."
Multiculturalism is also enshrined in legislation pursuant to Canada's Multiculturalism Act.
For some Canadians, multiculturalism means little more than access to a wide range of delicious cuisine. Others have embraced opportunities for cross-cultural engagement. On the whole, we continue to struggle toward making key institutions, like the media, more representative of societal diversity as a whole.
Perhaps in the long run, we will arrive at a space that lives up to the billing used to market the City of Toronto. The views are different here, Tourism Toronto tells us in the video below. "The views are different in Toronto. A city where all flavours are welcome, where beauty has many faces, where it's okay to let your guard down. "