German Canadian Congress, Ontario
Deutschkanadischer Kongress, Ontario
Bill 28 1999

An Act to proclaim German Pioneers Day


German immigrants began arriving in large numbers in Upper Canada, which
is present day Ontario, during the eighteenth century along with other United
Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution. They continued to settle in
Ontario during the era of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the nineteenth

They settled in various areas of Ontario and especially in and around the
City of Kitchener, whose annual Oktoberfest festival provides a time for all
citizens of Ontario to reflect on and celebrate our province’s living German

As one of the founding groups of Ontario, German pioneers helped settle the
province and made their rich cultural traditions and values an integral part of
Canadian society. Ontario citizens of German descent continue to make a
significant contribution to Ontario and Canada.

It is appropriate to establish a day on which to pay tribute to our historic
German legacy in Ontario.

Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the
Legislative Assembly of the Province of
Ontario, enacts as follows:

German Pioneers Day
1. The day following Thanksgiving Day in each year is proclaimed as
German Pioneers Day.

2.This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title
3.The short title of this Act is the German Pioneers Day Act, 1999.