The history of Chinese Canadians immigration in Canada is a harsh one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Canadian immigration acts and legislation, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. A review of the acts and legislation 1869-1988, including original document images.
“This bill requires every Chinese to take out an annual licence and pay therefor $10.00 to the use of Her Majesty…”
Canada closes the door to Chinese immigration. It stays effectively shut for 24 years: 1885-1947.
PROHIBITED CLASSES8. No person of Chinese origin or descent unless he is a Canadian citizen within the meaning of paragraph (f) of section two of 1910 c. 27. The Immigration Act shall be permitted to enter or land in Canada, or having entered or landed in Canada shall be permitted to remain therein…
Until 1953, the Chinese living in Canada had to apply for permission to leave the country if the wished to re-enter. This requirement applied regardless of destination. See the link for records 1910-1953.
(1 Nov 2017). My quick tour of the 9 federal laws that set the framework for Chinese Canadians from 1885-1967.
Retrieved November 3, 2017 from CBC News. Helpful video comparing how the two systems differ.