Ontario marks second anniversary of Chinese-Canadian Head Tax Redress
Statement by Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Michael Chan
Today is Chinese-Canadian Head Tax Redress Day - an annual observance established by a unanimous resolution of the Ontario legislature.
This year, we mark the second anniversary of the federal government's apology, on behalf of all Canadians, for one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history - the head tax and the later exclusion of Chinese immigrants.
This is a day to acknowledge these historic wrongs and learn from the past. But it is also a day to celebrate the present and look to the future.
Despite adversity, and despite discriminatory immigration policies, Chinese Canadians persevered. They built a strong community and they helped build the prosperous and inclusive country we know today.
Now we live in a different time and we recognize that diversity is our greatest strength.
On this June 22, let us pause to reflect on the work still to be done to welcome today's generation of immigrants and help them succeed.
Let us resolve to keep Ontario a place of opportunity for newcomers from around the world.