Canadians in Hong Kong

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Like their American counterparts, a significant number of Canadians live and work in Hong Kong. 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, which is more than the population of places like Regina or Saskatoon. Near 85% of Canadians in Hong Kong are Canadian-born, a figure higher than in Canada itself (80.2%).[1] This represents the third largest community of Canadians, after Canada itself and the United States. A large portion of these are ethnic Chinese.

The government of Hong Kong does not recognize dual nationals originally from Hong Kong as Canadian citizens, so that government circa 2014 counted about 16,000 Canadians in Hong Kong, while the Consulate-General of Canada in Hong Kong counted 300,000 Canadians.[2]

Diplomatic missions[edit]

The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao serves Canadians in Hong Kong.


The Canadian International School of Hong Kong serves Canadians in Hong Kong.


Canadian legacy in Hong Kong[edit]

A few of places in Hong Kong are or were named for Canadians who have lived or served in various capacities in Hong Kong.

  • Tiu Keng Leng - once called Rennie's Mill, named for Canadian businessman and founder of Hong Kong Milling Company Alfred Herbert Rennie.
  • Macpherson Stadium, Hong Kong (as well as McPherson Playground, MacPherson Place) - named for Canadian missionary John Livingstone McPherson who worked for the YMCA in Hong Kong from 1905 to 1935.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ DeWolf, Christopher (29 December 2014). "In Hong Kong, Just Who Is an Expat, Anyway?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  3. ^ "John Robert Osborn". Canadian War Memorial. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  4. ^