Nature of the Society

The Multicultural History Society of Ontario was founded in 1976 by a group of academics, civil servants, archivists and librarians. From its inception it has had as its goal the fostering of an awareness of the multicultural nature of Ontario’s and Canada’s history. In order to reach this goal, it works with communities, schools, cultural agencies and institutions to preserve, record and make accessible archival and other material which demonstrate the role of immigration and ethnicity in shaping the culture and economic growth of Ontario and Canada.

Much of the Society’s archival materials are deposited at the Archives of Ontario. Other materials are housed at the Multicultural Centre at 43 Queen’s Park Crescent East, site of the Society’s headquarters, library and galleries.

Our building is on the campus of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. The Society is extremely grateful to the College for its generosity in providing the building.

Purpose To create a more harmonious Ontario by increasing public appreciation of the contributions made by immigrants and their descendants to Canada's cultural and economic vitality.

Programs Our exhibitions, research activities, community events and publications bring to a wide public audience the positive aspects of living in a multi-ethnic province. Our Heritage Centre's programs encourage Canadians to celebrate their rich cultural heritage and use its strengths to increase prosperity and live in harmony.

Vision The Multicultural History Society's vision is a cohesive Ontario in which all citizens have an appreciation of our shared histories and access to the cultural products of our diverse heritage.

Values The Society believes that every social tradition brought to Canada becomes part of our common heritage and that there are specific economic and cultural benefits, which result from nourishing this heritage.


43 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C3
Telephone: (416) 979-2973
Fax: (416) 979-7947