The Canadian Government’s Apology

It was not until 2007, after years of pressure from Chinese victims of the Head Tax and their descendants that Prime Minister Steven Harper officially apologized on behalf of the country to Canada’s Chinese community for the discrimination they had endured in the past.

This apology was accompanied by financial compensation as a form of restitution to those who had been subjected to the entry tax and to the spouses of those who died, amounting to $20,000 per individual. Other funds were allocated to finance national and community projects aimed at acknowledging the scope of past wrongdoings as well as immigration restrictions on ethno-cultural communities.