August 12, 1911: Canadian government imposes immigration restrictions for the Negro race

On August 12th, 1911 the Canadian Government issued an Order in Council OIC to limit Black immigration to Canada.
Order-in-Council P.C. 1324 was approved on 12 August 1911 by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The purpose of the order was to ban Black persons from entering Canada for a period of one year because, it read, “the Negro race…is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada.” Source: Canadian Encyclopedia Order-in-Council P.C. 1911

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