The Making of New Chinese Immigrants in Canada

  • Eva Xiaoling Li
  • Peter S. Li


Canada is home to about 1.5 million Chinese (Statistics Canada, 2011 national household survey. Data Tables, Catalogue No. 99-010-X2011028, 2011a), who have settled either in their own generation or in past generations but trace or claim their ancestry to Chinese. Historically, most Chinese in Canada were from China’s southern provinces of Guangdong and Fujian, but from the end of World War II to the 1980s, Hong Kong became the main source. The term “new Chinese immigrants” refers to those who have immigrated from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to Canada since the 1980s. Throughout the 1980s, direct immigration from the PRC to Canada was relatively limited. Since the mid-1990s, however, the PRC has replaced Hong Kong as the main source. In the 24-year period between 1990 and 2014, 647,728 immigrants from the PRC arrived in Canada, according to official statistics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Xiaoling Li
    • 1
  • Peter S. Li
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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