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Immigrating from China to Canada

Learn the various pathways of immigration to Canada, including family-sponsorship and employment from China.

Interested in Immigrating to Canada from China?

Immigration from China to Canada started in the 1780s with tons of history. With about 1.5 million residents, Chinese Canadians make up one of the largest ethnic groups in the country. Not only are Chinese Canadians important to the economy, including the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), many European Canadians were historically hostile to Chinese immigration.

They have contributed to every aspect of Canadian society, from literature to sports, politics to civil rights, film to music, business to philanthropy, and education to religion.

The 5 top provinces with the highest percentage of Chinese Canadian communities include:

  1. Ontario
  2. British Columbia
  3. Alberta
  4. Quebec
  5. Manitoba

As of 2001, almost 75% of the Chinese population in Canada lived in either Vancouver or Toronto.

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Immigration Process

More than 50% of the Chinese immigrants reported that their reason for settling in a given region was because their family and friends already lived there. The main reasons Chinese businesspeople wanted to move abroad are for greater educational opportunities for their children and advanced medical treatment while air quality, political instability, and food safety concerns worsen in China.

Applying for Express Entry or PNPs

Those looking to immigrate to Canada from China have the option to enter the Express Entry pool or apply for a Provincial Nominee Program also known as PNPs.

Express Entry is by far the most popular and typically the fastest program to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency through. The Express Entry program calculates a score for each applicant depending on a collection of categories. However, if your CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) is low, you can plan to apply in any of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for Canada. When applying for a PNP, a Canadian province or territory must nominate an applicant.

If you are curious to know about your CRS Score, check out our CRS Score Calculator!

Useful Resources for Chinese in Canada

Calgary True Buddha Pai Yuin Temple – The Calgary True Buddha Pai Yuin Temple is a Chinese Vajrayana Buddhist temple in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was built in 1984 through the concerted efforts of a small group who wanted a place to practice and spread Buddhism.

Canada China International Film Festival (CCIFF) – The CCIFF is an annual film festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. CCIFF promotes the exchange between the Chinese and Canadian film culture, fosters cooperation, and encourages communication between artists and filmmakers. 

Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) – Also known in the Chinese-Canadian community as Equal Rights Council, the CCNC is an organization whose purpose is to monitor racial discrimination against Chinese in Canada and to help young Chinese Canadians learn about their cultural history.

Chinese Cultural Centre, Vancouver – The Chinese Cultural Centre is a Chinese community center, museum, and municipal archives facility located in Vancouver Chinatown.

Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association (ECBEA) – A non-profit educational society working to promoting the learning of the Chinese language in school along with the regular school curriculum through a bilingual education program located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Call Us Today

The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Call us today at 1.866.449.5904 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.

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