The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver are working together to have Vancouver’s Chinatown designated a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. As part of this, the Province and the City have also committed to establishing a Chinese Canadian Museum. You can read the B.C. Government news release on the commitment to establish a Chinese Canadian museum.

Minister of State for Trade George Chow led the public consultation process with support from the Chinese Canadian Museum Working Group. Members have vast experience in matters relating to Chinese Canadian heritage, museum development, city planning and provincial history. The project is also supported by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lisa Beare.

Minister of State Chow wanted to make sure your ideas about Chinese Canadian history and living heritage were considered in the early stages of planning the museum.  The creation of this museum is for the people of British Columbia and its visitors, and your input is critical. The B.C. government held a public engagement from Dec. 7, 2018 to Feb. 8, 2019, featuring an online feedback form and eight public meetings in five communities.

Read the What We Heard Report that summarizes people’s ideas from the engagement. The B.C. government will consider this feedback as it builds plans the establishment of the Chinese Canadian Museum.

As part of the next steps, the B.C. government is engaging with the University of British Columbia on a feasibility study, expected to be completed Summer 2019.