Although it developed later than the British Columbia community, Chinese immigration to Ontario was already a significant force in the 1950s. After changes to immigration policy in 1967 opened the doors to skilled workers, large Chinese communities began to form in Toronto and Ottawa, as well other large Canadian cities. As a result, the size and internal diversity of Ontario’s Chinese communities increased dramatically in the 1970s and 80s. This increased presence led to community activism around issues such as education, language maintenance, and city development, as well as the formation of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Equality, based in Toronto.
The Chinese Express served this wave of immigrants, publishing daily from 1971 to 1989, entirely in Chinese. It served as a source of general news, covering world events and Canadian politics, as well as that of specific interest to the Chinese community. Its entire run has been digitized and will be available here.
Contributed by Multicultural History Society of Ontario.