Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 01, 2006 12:00 ET

Canadian Heritage: Chinese Head-Tax Payers in Mississauga and Etobicoke Receive Redress

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 1, 2006) - Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament (Burlington), today presented cheques of $20,000 each to three residents of Mississauga and Etobicoke who had paid the Chinese Head Tax.

"I am proud that Canada's new Government is continuing to fulfill its commitment to Chinese Head-Tax payers by providing these symbolic payments," said Mr. Wallace.

"With the delivery of ex-gratia payments to living Head-Tax payers, we are taking one more step toward recognizing past experiences and hardships and to contributing to healing in the Chinese-Canadian community," said the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women.

On October 20, 2006, Minister Oda participated in a ceremony in Vancouver to present the first ex-gratia payments. These payments follow from the official apology to Chinese-Canadians for imposition of the Head Tax, made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 22, 2006, on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Details are being worked out for the application process for symbolic payments for living persons who were in a conjugal relationship with a Head-Tax payer who is now deceased.

The Head Tax was imposed on Chinese immigrants entering Canada from 1885 to 1923. A similar tax existed in the Dominion of Newfoundland between 1906 and 1949, before the province entered Confederation.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian
    Heritage and Status of Women
    Chisholm Pothier
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    or
    Office of Mike Wallace,
    Member of Parliament
    John Watson
    Legislative Assistant