Canadian Steel, Chinese Grit (Excerpt) - Chinese Labour in Constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway
A 1998 documentary by Gemini Award winning filmmaker Karin Lee about the construction of the western leg of the Canadian Pacific Railway and what Chinese Rai...
What was Canada's Chinese Exclusion Act and Head Tax?
From 1885 to 1923 Chinese immigration to Canada was discouraged by a head tax, and then by the Canadian Chinese Exclusion Act.
In 1885, federal legislation was passed to restrict the immigration of Chinese into Canada. A fifty-dollar Head Tax was imposed on every Chinese immigrant entering Canada. In January 1901 the tax was increased to $100 per head and raised again in January 1904 to $500.
This is a Canadian head tax certificate. The Canadian government put a head tax on Chinese immigrants up until 1922 and then banned Chinese people in 1923. This ban of Chinese immigrants was in effect up until 1947.
A compilation of statutes of the Dominion of Ca...
A compilation of statutes of the Dominion of Canada relating in whole or in part to the assignment of duties to officers of customs : Ottawa : Govt. Print. Bureau, 1893. : Canada. Dept. of Trade and Commerce.
Source: Newspaper, c. 1923. The Chinese immigration act was an amendment to the Chinese head tax of 1885. The new act made it so no Chinese person could enter Canada unless they were a: merchant, student, diplomat, or granted special circumstance by the government. All Chinese already living in Canada had to register with the government or risk being deported. In 1947 the act was repealed. Chinese were also given the right to vote.
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