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Tomorrow's Chinatown

Tomorrow’s Chinatown is a first-of-its-kind program in Calgary consisting of three community-informed projects: Chinatown Cultural Plan, Chinatown Area Redevelopment Plan and the renaming of James Short Park and Parkade to 和園 Harmony Park and Parkade.

Together, the three projects support Chinatown’s future as a vibrant, culturally rich place for people to live, visit, work and do business.

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Imagining Tomorrow's Chinatown

  • English version

  • Cantonese version 構想明日唐人街

  • Mandarin version 构想明日唐人街


The plans

Chinatown Cultural Plan

The Chinatown Cultural Plan identifies the key themes, strategies and actions to strengthen Chinatown’s culture. 

Chinatown Area Redevelopment Plan

The Chinatown Area Redevelopment Plan  guides future growth and change in Chinatown bringing cultural considerations to land use planning.

Community engagement

Community members provided valuable feedback and insight throughout the engagement. Volunteers dedicated many hours to ensure outcomes reflected the community’s hopes and priorities for Chinatown’s future.

Thank you to the Tomorrow’s Chinatown Advisory Group and the community members of Chinatown and Calgary who shared their time, knowledge and energy to inform this work.

You can learn more about how the community helped create the plans, as well as give your opinion on the final proposed Plans.


History of Chinatown

From its founding in 1885, Chinatown has been in three different locations in Calgary. Displacement and racial discrimination forced the community to move as they struggled to set down roots. 

To avoid future displacement, a group of Chinese businesspeople worked to purchase land on Centre Street S. and 2 Avenue S.E. in 1910. Their plans were briefly stalled by anti-Chinese protesters demanding Chinatown be located elsewhere.

Through negotiations with City Council, the Chinese business group prevailed and was given a permit to build the Canton Block 廣東樓區. The building became the foundation of the Chinese community’s permanent home in Calgary.

Anti-Chinese views that were widely held in Calgary, along with the federal government’s Chinese Head Tax that deterred immigration (1885-1923) and Exclusion Act that banned immigration of Chinese people to Canada (1923-1947), made life very difficult for Chinese people and their families for many years.

Learn more about the history of Chinatown in Calgary in the Chinatown Cultural Plan and the Chinatown Area Redevelopment Plan.

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