Canadians in China

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Canadians in China
Norman Bethune graduation 1922.jpg Dashan2006.jpg
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Hong Kong · Beijing · Shanghai
Chinese · Canadian English.
Christianity · Mahayana Buddhism · Atheism
Related ethnic groups
Canadian diaspora

Canadians in China consist mainly of expatriates and students from Canada to the People's Republic of China. As of 2011 there are about 300,000 Canadians living in China.[1]

Hong Kong[edit]

In February 2011, research from the Asia Pacific Foundation, conducted with Hong Kong Baptist University, suggests there are at least 295,000 Canadians in Hong Kong. Near 85% of Canadians in Hong Kong are Canadian-born, a figure higher than Canada itself (80.2%).[2] This represents the third largest community of Canadians, after Canada itself and the United States. A large portion of Canadians in Hong Kong are ethnic Chinese.

Mainland China[edit]


About 10% of Beijing’s foreign population of 200,000 are from Canada (20,000).[3] The Canadian diaspora in Beijing is a young and well-educated community and is economically active. A significant number of them include Chinese Canadian returnees who emigrated to Canada in the early 1990s and later returned to China.


According to local official statistics, the numbers of Canadian citizens residing in Shanghai have increased significantly over the past ten years.[4] In 2000, the city reported 1,361 Canadian citizens living there, representing 2.3% of all foreign residents in the city. By the end of 2009, there are about 6,121 Canadian citizens living in Shanghai.

Shanghai's Canadian community consist mainly of English teachers, media workers, engineers, senior executives, small business owners and house wives as well as international students.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "It's time to get serious about mobilizing our vast cultural capital.", The Mark, 13 August 2011.
  2. ^ "星岛日报溫哥華-香港:海外最大加人社區". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Portrait of Canadians Abroad: Beijing", Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, September 2009.
  4. ^ "Portrait of Canadians Abroad: Shanghai", Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, February 2011.