Imagining Tomorrow's Chinatown
Cantonese version 構想明日唐人街繁體中文
Mandarin version 构想明日唐人街简体中文
Chinatown Cultural Plan
The Chinatown Cultural Plan identifies the key themes, strategies and actions to strengthen Chinatown’s culture.
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.
- Tomorrow’s Chinatown Program and Engagement Summary-Traditional Chinese 明日唐人街計劃與參與活動總結
- Tomorrow’s Chinatown Program and Engagement Summary-Simplified Chinese 明日唐人街計劃與參與活動總結
- Tomorrow’s Chinatown Program and Engagement Summary-English
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.