The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver are working together to have Vancouver Chinatown designated a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site.
On July 16, the B.C. government announced $10 million to establish the Chinese Canadian Museum — the first in Canada. The museum will include a provincial hub in Vancouver Chinatown, multiple regional hubs and spokes throughout B.C., and an online portal and digital experiences for historical locations throughout the province.
To kick off the museum experience, the newly formed Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC is opening a temporary exhibit. A Seat at the Table explores the history of Chinese immigration through food and restaurant culture. The exhibit is a partnership with the City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia and Museum of Vancouver.
The Chinese Canadian Museum was developed in collaboration with the Chinese Canadian community. The B.C. government held a public engagement in 2019 featuring an online feedback opportunity and eight public meetings in five communities. Thousands of people visited online and hundreds more shared their ideas. Minister of State for Trade George Chow led the process with support from the Chinese Canadian Museum Working Group and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.