Confederation & the End of the Head Tax

The Canadian government lifted its immigration restrictions against the Chinese in 1947, partly in response to growing concerns about human rights in the wake of World War II. In Newfoundland, however, the Head Tax remained in place until 1949, when the former Dominion became a province of Canada. At that point, Canadian immigration law was extended to Newfoundland, and the Newfoundland Chinese Head Tax came to an end. Members of the Chinese community, some of whom had already become naturalized British subjects, began to bring family members to Newfoundland. After decades apart, fathers were reunited with wives, children and other relatives. This marked the beginning of a new period for the Chinese community in Newfoundland, where families grew and prospered. Later, other Chinese people arrived from Hong Kong, mainland China and other parts of the world. Despite discrimination and hardship, people of Chinese origin have made many contributions to the life, economy and society of Newfoundland and Labrador.