Chinatowns in Canada - History


Chinatowns have existed in Canada since the 1880s with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad with the first recorded visit in 1788. The first Chinese landed on the Canadian west coast in 1788 and have integrated with the Canadian multicultural society.

Major timeline for Chinese Canadian history is:

  • 1788 - First recorded Chinese visitor in Canada
  • 1858 - Fraser River Gold Rush
  • 1861 - First Chinese Canadian born
  • 1872 - Disenfranchisement of Chinese in British Columbia
  • 1880s - Canadian Pacific railway employs many Chinese
  • 1923 - Chinese exclusion laws passed, causes hardships for Chinese Canadians
  • 1957 - Chinese franchised, many entered into politics
  • 1967 - Immigration from China liberalized
  • 1997 - Large waves of Chinese from Hong Kong come to Canada due to political uncertainties from handover back to China

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