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Statement From CCNCTO

Statement From the Board of Directors

The Chinese Canadian National Council of Toronto (CCNCTO)  commends the recent decision rendered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on certain discriminatory events that occurred  in a downtown Toronto restaurant, Hong Shing.

In May of 2015, a customer entered Hong Shing restaurant with his three friends and was told to pay for their food in advance before receiving their meals. All four customers identified as Black and were the only patrons in the restaurant required to pay for their meal in advance.

The HRT upheld the Human Rights Code and found the restaurant had violated the patron’s right against discrimination under the Code on the basis of place of race, colour and ethnic origin. The purpose of the Code is to uphold the dignity and worth of each person, and to ensure that each person feels a part of the community.

Racial profiling and racial stereotyping are not limited only within the context of policing, but  a variety of situations in everyday life. The incident involved serves as an important reminder that anti-Black racism remains a prominent fixture in Toronto. This  also reminds us that anti-Black racism can and does exist within other racialized groups, including the Chinese community.

CCNCTO is particularly alarmed and troubled in the context of growing cooperation between far-right extremist groups and elements within the Chinese community. These far-right extremist groups have co-opted members of the Chinese community through misleading them with false representations of hate, xenophobia, and islamophobia, as attempts to redress anti-Chinese racism.

CCNCTO categorically denounces any form of discrimination, hate and intolerance towards  any racialized group. Our organization continues to advocate and fight for long-term systemic change that results in a just and inclusive society for all. Any actions that perpetuate racism and fascism have no place in Canadian society.

Date: May 29, 2018

The Board of Directors of CCNCTO



Job Posting: Interim Executive Director (Deadline: January 1, 2018)

By |December 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Job Posting: Interim Executive Director
Application Deadline:  Monday January 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm
The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter is an organization of Chinese Canadians in Toronto that promotes equity, social justice and inclusive civic participation by conducting activities in the areas of public education, systemic advocacy, community development and coalition building. We are currently seeking an Interim Executive Director to work closely with the Board of Directors to promote equity and human rights for the Chinese Canadian community in Toronto.

The primary function of the Interim Executive Director is responsible for establishing and executing the mandate and objectives of CCNCTO. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Interim Executive Director will provide leadership, direction and guidance toward achievement of CCNC Toronto Chapter’s mandate, program and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the CCNC Toronto Chapter office including all programs and activities.
  • Recruit, train and provide supervision and evaluation to project staff, volunteers and placement students.
  • Monitor receipts and expenditures; ensures the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting.
  • Coordinate advocacy actions including the development of policy statements, briefs, press releases on issues relevant to the Chinese Canadian community; ensure that proactive positions are taken.
  • Liaise with the media, government officials, funding bodies and community organizations within the City of Toronto; acts as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Ensure that adequate resources and funding are available to allow the organization to carry out its work.
  • Prepare funding applications, research proposals, program reports, and develop partnerships that build our capacity.
  • Work with the board of directors to develop and implement policies, guidelines and strategic priorities.



  • Knowledge and community experience on anti-oppression and social justice advocacy;
  • In-depth knowledge of policies and issues affecting immigrants and visible minorities;
  • Understanding of not-for profits or small grassroots organizations and experience working with Boards of Directors and volunteers;
  • Proven experience in grant writing and budget management;
  • Well-developed supervisory, administrative and organizational skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with the Board of Directors, volunteers, representatives of government agencies, other organizations and community stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Working knowledge in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese) is preferable;
  • Excellent multi-tasking and multiple-project management abilities;
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Internet applications;
  • Understanding of how to use social media effectively for communications is an asset

Term of Contract:  January 8, 2018 to March 31, 2018, with the possibility of extension beyond this date.

Hours/Pay:  Hours are 24 hours per week and the rate of pay is $27/hour

Place of Work: Downtown Toronto or Scarborough office location. Flexibility to work from home but must be able to travel within Toronto, North York and Scarborough to attend meetings and events as needed.

Application Deadline:  Monday January 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm

Please email a cover letter and resume in one document with the title “[Your Name]’s Application for Interim Executive Director”. Send to A.W. Lee, Acting Chairperson at info@ccnctoronto.ca by 11:59pm on January 1, 2018.

Please visit our website at www.ccnctoronto.ca for more information about the organization.

CCNC Toronto Chapter is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from visible minority groups, First Nations People, women, and people with disabilities. We thank all the applicants but will acknowledge only those invited to an interview.

Discussion Group Series: Cross-generational Communication

By |December 21st, 2017|Event|0 Comments

Introduction to Immigrant Health & Hepatitis C

By |November 21st, 2017|Event|0 Comments

The 4th Chinese Canadian Achievement Award – Nominations Now Open!

By |October 11th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

The 4th Chinese Canadian Achievement Award – Nominations Now Open!  

Deadline for nominations: December 5, 2017 (Tuesday), 5pm



The Chinese Canadian Achievement Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements in promoting equity, social justice, inclusive civic participation and respect for diversity in the Chinese Canadian community. Through this award, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter hopes to encourage practices that work against systemic oppression. We recognize that speaking up and taking action against injustice is the first step to eliminating oppression such as racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia, and that every individual can play an important part in building a more equitable society.

In addition to the general achievement categories, this year, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is partnering with the Chinese Interagency Network (CIN) to present a special Workers’ Award to a worker who has made significant contribution to labour justice, workplace equity, and work conditions of the Chinese communities in the GTA.

Award Categories

Workers’ Award Individual Award Youth Award
  • Significance of contribution to one of these areas in the last 3 years: Labour justice, workplace equity, solidarity building, work conditions improvement, fair wage
  • Level of impact of their contribution
  • Anyone with varying immigration status or work permit status is encouraged to be nominated. Nominees do not have to disclose such information. 
  • Significance of contribution to any area of social justice in the last year (2016-2017), including but not limited to racial justice, gender equality, and justice-based work related to access, immigration status, ageism, poverty etc.
  • Level of impact of their contribution
  • We encourage nominations of senior members of the community, as well as those who are marginalized in the Chinese Canadian community, or newcomers
  • Aged 26 or under
  • Significance of contribution to any area of social justice in the last year (2016-2017)
  • We encourage nominations of youth who are marginalized in the community, e.g. those who are queer or trans identified, newcomers, those who live in poverty, or have limited access to social services due to immigration status or language barrier
  • Level of impact of their contribution
  • Nominators do not have to be youth-identified

Nominations are open to the entire GTA community. We do not accept self nomination. Staff of CCNCTO and members of the CIN Labour Committee are not eligible to nominate. 

We acknowledge these past recipients:
Kristyn Wong-Tam (2013), for her contributions throughout her career as a City of Toronto Councillor and as an advocate for social justice.
Beixi Liu (2015), for his tireless work as an organizer and activist, and his contribution to labour rights, especially for the Chinese immigrant workers community.
Daniel Yau (2016), in recognition of his many years serving the Chinese community as a legal worker and his leadership on the report Sweet & Sour, The Struggle of Chinese Restaurant-Workers.

How to nominate: 

  1. Fill out the nomination form (Download here)
  2. Include a 250 word explanation or create a 2 minute video about the person you’d like to nominate and why they should win this award
  3. Submit the completed form by email to info@ccnctoronto.ca or by mail to

    Re: CCAA Nominations
    Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
    1911 Kennedy Road Unit 105
    Toronto, Ontario M1P 2L9 Canada

The deadline for nominations is December 5, 2017 (Tuesday), 5pm.


提名截止日期: 2017年12月5号 星期二下午5点




工作者奖 个人奖 青年奖
  • 在过去3年内在下列内容之一的杰出贡献: 劳工公平,工作场所平等,团结与联合,改善工作条件,公平工资。
  • 他们贡献的影响层面
  • 鼓励提名各种移民状态或工作许可状况的任何人,受提名者不需要说明这些身份信息。
  • 在2016-2017年中在以下但是不仅限于社会公义有杰出贡献:种族平等公正,性别平等,与工作雇佣有关的开放,移民状态,年龄歧视,贫困等有关的公正
  • 他们贡献的影响层面
  • 我们鼓励提名华裔社区的长者,被边缘化人群或者新移民。
  • 26岁或以下
  • 在2016-2017年终在社会公正任何领域中有杰出贡献
  • 我们鼓励提名社区中被边缘化的青年,如:同性恋者,转性者,新移民,在贫困线下的人,或因为身份问题或语言障碍无法使用社会服务的人士
  • 他们贡献的影响层面
  • 提名者不需要是青年



Kristyn Wong-Tam (2013), 以表彰她作为多伦多市议员和一个为社会公正倡权人士的接触贡献。
Beixi Liu (2015), 以表彰他作为一个工人运动组织者和活动家的不知不倦的努力以及他对工人权利尤其是为华人移民工人的权利的努力.
Daniel Yau (2016), 以表彰他作为法律工作者服务华人社区多年以及主导“华人餐馆工人的酸甜苦辣”报告的采编


  1. 填写提名表(下載表格
  2. 用250字或一个2分钟的视频来解释介绍你想提名的人以及他们为何应该得此殊荣。
  3. 发邮件到info@ccnctoronto.ca或邮寄完成的表格到下面地址:Re: CCAA Nominations
    Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
    1911 Kennedy Road Unit 105
    Toronto, Ontario M1P 2L9 Canada

提名截止日期: 2017年12月5号 星期二下午5点

Access to Justice: Supporting the Human Rights of Migrant Sex Workers (2017)

By |October 6th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

Access to Justice: Supporting the Human Rights of Migrant Sex Workers (2017)

Legal training for Service Providers & Front-line Workers

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Place: Workers Action Centre (720 Spadina Ave., #223, M5S 2T9)

RSVP at Eventbrite (http://bit.ly/2tyUQlH) by August 4th.

Call to ban racist game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant”

By |October 2nd, 2017|Press Release & Statement|Comments Off on Call to ban racist game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant”

For Immediate Release

Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) and Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change (COP-COC)

Call to ban racist game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant”


October 2, 2017 / Toronto – The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO), together with Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC), strongly condemns the mobile game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant” for its racist stereotypes. We urge Apple and Google to refuse to carry the game on their mobile platforms, and call on the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the Ontario Human Rights Commission to sanction the game developer so that no one profits from perpetuating racism.

Chinese restaurants play an important part of the migration history of Chinese in Canada. First generation immigrants experienced considerable hardship, discrimination and racial prejudice when they ran these businesses to support themselves and their families, and to survive in a new country where there were few other economic opportunities that were open to them. The game mocks these real experiences of exclusion and abuse by portraying them in various spiteful scenarios. It includes plots such as dodging immigration officials, in an utterly disrespectful portrayal of the painful history of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Head Tax. It is hurtful to many members of the community who still face overt racism and microaggression on an everyday basis because of historic and ongoing systemic exclusion. Chinese in Canada continue to experience many forms of discrimination and racism in employment, education and in many aspects of their daily lives. The game developer claims that ‘being politically correct is boring’, but in fact is using bigotry to make a profit from the very real pain and suffering of Chinese Canadians.

CCNCTO and COP-COC urge the game developer, Big-O-Tree Games to incorporate an anti-racist policy in its business practice, as many private sector coporations have done, to bring positive influence to the public through video games and rather than perpetuating racism that will hurt not only the Chinese Canadian community but also other racialized and immigrant communities.

The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is an organization of Chinese Canadians in the City of Toronto that promotes equity, social justice, inclusive civic participation, and respect for diversity.

COP-COC is a province-wide initiative made up of individuals, groups and organizations working to build community-based capacity to address the growing racialization of poverty – for both First Peoples and peoples of colour – and the resulting increased levels of social exclusion and marginalization of racialized communities across Ontario.

Signed by:
Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change
Canadian Arab Federation
Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Urban Alliance on Race Relations

For more information, please contact:

Alvis Choi
Interim Executive Director
Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
Tel: 416.596.0833 (ext. 1)

Amy Casipullai
Senior Coordinator Policy & Communications, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Tel: 416-524- 4950 (cell)

Where are you really from? Chinese Roots, Genealogy and Identity (July 13, 2017)

By |July 7th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

Where are you really from? Chinese Roots, Genealogy and Identity


This will be a casual discussion where Chinese Canadian youth, adults and seniors are invited to drop in and share their experiences about how they identify with their Chinese heritage: how does the concept of ‘roots’ affect your identity and culture as Chinese Canadians? Do you feel connected or disconnected from your ‘roots’? How much do you actually know about your ancestors, and what can you learn from genealogy (a.k.a. researching our family history)?

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Time: 7pm – 8:30pm

Location: Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5T 2C7)

Room: Innovation Lab Room, 4th floor

Pre-registration: Please confirm your attendance via email (info@ccnctoronto.ca)

Facilitator: This talk will be led by Clotilde Yap, project officer at pioneering genealogy start-up My China Roots (www.mychinaroots.com).

My China Roots helps overseas Chinese around the world to trace their ancestry, put their roots into context, and visit their ancestral village in China. During this talk, Clotilde will also be available to assist and answer questions of people interested in tracing their Chinese ancestry.

CCNCTO Annual General Meeting (June 18, 2017)

By |June 18th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

CCNCTO Annual General Meeting & Presentation: East Asian Youth Mental Health – The Importance of Intergenerational Support


Join us to hear about our ‘Live Well, Take Action’ Program and a presentation from Hong Fook Mental Health Association on the mental health barriers and stigma facing East Asian Youth and how their families can support their health-seeking behaviour


Jaclyn Wong, Project Manager – Live Well, Take Action: Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth, CCNCTO

Sunny Wang, Manager of Health Promotion & Community Wellness, Hong Fook Mental Health Association



2:30pm: Registration

3pm – 3:45pm: AGM

3:45pm – 4pm: Refreshments

4pm – 4:15pm: ‘Live Well, Take Action’ Program Presentation

4:15pm – 4:30pm: Hong Fook Mental Health Association Presentation

4:30pm – 5pm: Discussion


RSVP 请预先定位: melissalai@ccnctoronto.ca or 416-596-0833 转分机 ext 2

For more information, find us on Facebook or contact us.


Live Well, Take Action: Student Celebration (May 24, 2017)

By |May 24th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

Live Well, Take Action: Student Celebration


To acknowledge our students’ efforts in participating in the Live Well, Take Action: Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth, we are holding a Student Celebration, which will also showcase their community group projects. Dinner and snacks will be provided. The event is a casual community dinner that is children friendly and the venue is wheelchair accessible. For more event details, check out our student-made poster above!

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Location: Cafeteria at Thornlea Secondary School (8075 Bayview Avenue) 

Time: 6 – 9pm

*Our formal presentation begins at 7pm. The rest of the time is to check out projects and enjoy your meal.

Please RSVP online by filling out our Google Form.

Join us in supporting our younger generations and encouraging them to continue their efforts in making an impact on their communities!