October is the designated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario.

The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with Ontario being home to more than 400,000 first-second and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, our largest newcomer population is Hispanic!

Each year, during the month of October, peoples of Hispanic origin come together and pay tribute to their shared culture. Celebrations are held around the world, such as Hispanic Day, the Day of the Cultures, and the Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity.

This month, HCDSB recognizes the dynamic community that has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in our province, and around the world.

Join us as we celebrate and learn about our Hispanic community virtually: 

Mexican Art Workshops Led by Patricia Carrasquilla,  Mexican-Canadian Artist, Educator & Studio Owner
Various Fridays & Saturdays throughout October
Microsoft Teams
Please register with Ernesto at:
Honouring our Heritage!
Prayer, reflection & discussion with families on Zoom ​Led by Father Jose Pepe Callejas Placencia, C.S., Associate, St. Catherine of Siena, Mississauga
October 19, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
Please register with Ernesto at: 
Closed Sessions for Students* In class, students in various classes will be shown video footage created by  a newcomer Hispanic Student
October 19 – 23, 2020
For more information, please contact Ernesto at:

Student Videos to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

  • J. E. Echeverry, Grade 12 student from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School ~ All About Colombia
  • V. Espinoza, Grade 11 student from Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School ~ All About Chile
  • S. Paez, Grade 12 from St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School ~ All About Venezuela​