The Chinese Immigration Act
-1923 to 1947
-to prevent Chinese from entering Canada
-pressure from anti-Asian groups
-stopped Chinese immigration

The Canadian government passed its most restrictive immigration law in 1923. That year, the Chinese Immigration Act prevented all Chinese except consuls, merchants, and students from entering Canada. The Act was the result of pressure from anti-Asian groups across the country. These groups felt that the head tax was insufficient because Chinese labourers were still coming to Canada. The law effectively stopped Chinese immigration from 1923 to 1947. During the 24-year period, only 44 Chinese entered Canada officially. Next Back