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.
Ottawa Chinatown Imperial Arch Donors
Bill & June Joe
R.W. Tomlinson Ltd.
Frank & Loretta LingTom
Foo Yee & Marion K. Hum
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
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
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
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
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
Beijing Research Institute of Ancient Architecture (China)
Delcan Corporation (Canada) www.delcan.com
Beijing Historical Relic and Construction Company (China)
R. W. Tomlinson Limited (Canada) www.tomlinsongroup.com
Delcan Corporation/Chinatown BIA