Ontario Adopts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

Oct 27, 2020 | Publications

Today, Ontario became the first province in Canada to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

The IHRA definition provides a critical framework that can help guide Ontario government institutions in understanding contemporary forms of antisemitism, such as Holocaust denial, or accusing Jews of being more loyal to Israel than to the interests of their own nations.

As we mark the two-year anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, we are reminded of the urgency in countering antisemitism in all of its manifestations. Here in Ontario, the adoption of the IHRA definition will provide the Jewish community with much-needed relief, from high school and university students to victims of hate crimes.

Fighting antisemitism with the IHRA Definition is the consensus position of the Jewish community in Ontario. By raising your voice in support of our efforts, you helped us demonstrate our community’s broad support for this initiative.

To learn more, please read our joint press release.

Thank you,


Shimon Koffler Fogel,
President and CEO,
Michael Mostyn,
Michael Levitt,
President and CEO,
Karen Mock,
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) B’nai Brith Canada Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) JSpace Canada

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