The Chinatown Arch Project 2010

Chinatown arch

The Ottawa Chinatown Arch had been a dream of the community for years. Led by the Somerset Street Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA) and it’s dedicated committee, supported by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada, the City of Beijing and many community members and corporations – the dream became a reality in 2010.

This unique arch is a symbol of prosperity, health and good fortune.  It is of Chinese northern-royal style with nine distinguished golden roofs covered with glazed tiles.  Five symbolic coins of five precious metals (gold, silver, copper, iron and tin) and five threads (red, yellow, blue, white and black) are embedded into the structure. By following these Chinese traditions, it is said to bring blessings to the people and to the land.

The twin-city project between the City of Ottawa and the City of Beijing also commemorated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and the People’s Republic of China.

Construction was completed on October 1, 2010.



Project Committee


Peter Yeung Co-Chair Steering Committee
Larry Lee Co-Chair Steering Committee
Angie Kwan Co-Chair Fundraising Committee
Jason Kelly Co-Chair Fundraising Committee
Katie Ng Co-Chair Fundraiser Committee
Dr. Shu Pang Chou Executive Director
Albert Tang Executive Director
Theresa Yan Treasurer
Gus Este Co-Chair PR/Publicity
Christopher Tan Legal Advisor
Alan Tang Secretary
Jason Zhang Member at large


Ottawa Chinatown Imperial Arch Donors

Platinum Donors 

Bill & June Joe

R.W. Tomlinson Ltd.

Frank & Loretta LingTom

Foo Yee & Marion K. Hum


Gold Donors 

Ada & Larry Lee

Wing Cheng & Fung Chun Lee

Jason Yuan & Debbie Chang

Jubilee Fine Jewelers

Mr. & Mrs. Tuyen Tran

Dr. Ben Fong, D.D.S.


Sandra Ng & Choo Leung

TD Bank Group

Golden Dragon Ho Inc.

Philip Yip & Ling Yip

Jason W. M. Kelly & Doris Y. Kwok


Silver Donors 

Mrs. Yem Han Fong & Mr. Len Fong

Ottawa Chinese Lions Club

Benny P.N. & Shan Fung Kung

Marilla Po-Chu Lo

Tony Kue Shahrasebi

Sean & Jamilah Murray

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

Binghay & Yimyu Kwan

Chin Lo & Yeung Family

Irene Wong & Kelvin Wong

Jin-Tiong Tan & Hie-Kwong Wong

Advance Printers

Grace Xin & Dr. Stripinis

Peter So & Fung Han Jung So

Jason Zhigang Zhang & Jing Xiao

Dr. Lienpo & Dr. Shupang Chou

Ken Yip & Family

del Rosario Financial

Vu Duc Khanh & Tran Thi Diem Phuong

Chong Family

Laurier Optical

Pheonix Homes

Thien Dieu Ly, DD & Dr. Ky Tuong Ly

Dr. Ben Cheng & Dr. Louise Bourgault

Mr. John Phan & Mrs. Linda Tran-Phan

First Estate Realty & Property Management Ltd.

Ottawa International Airport Authority

Beechwood Cemetery


Community Association Donors

Chaozhou Association of Ottawa Canada

Chinese Free Masons of Ottawa

Ottawa Tam’s Clansmen Association

Confederation of Ottawa Chinese-Canadians

Eastern Ontario Hoy Sun Association Canada

Chinatown Remixed