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 62 Vict. Chinese and Japanese Immigrants, 1897-98. 1383
PAPERS
Respecting the number of Chinese and Japanese landed in the Province from foreign
ports during the years 1897 and 1898.
By Command.
C. A. SEMLIN,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
7th April, 1899.
Extract from a Report of the Committee of the Honourable the Privy Council, approved by His
Excellency on the 27th March, 1899.
The Committee of the Privy Council have had under consideration a despatch, hereto
attached, from His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, dated 24th January,
1899, transmitting a copy of a Minute of Council embodying a Resolution of the Legislative
Assembly of British Columbia, requesting that the Dominion Government be moved to furnish
the said Assembly with certain returns in respect of the number of Chinese and Japanese
landed in that Province from foreign ports during the years 1897 and 1898.
The Minister of Trade and Commerce, to whom the said despatch was referred, submits
the following :—
Chinese landed during the calendar year ended the 31st December, 1897, at
Victoria.
Immigrants exempt  17
paying Poll Tax  1,017
Total immigrants    1,034
Returning within six months  190
Total number landed  1,224
Capitation tax collected $50,850
Vancouver.
Immigrants exempt         1
paying Poll Tax     960
Total immigrants     961
Returning within six months     191
In transit through Canada 3,596
Total number landed  47,48
Capitation tax collected  $48,000
New Westminster.
Immigrants paying Poll Tax    1
Total immigrants    1
Total number landed during the year  1
Capitation tax collected         $50
Chinese landed during the calendar year ended the 31st December, 1898, at
Victoria.
Immigrants exempt            11
it paying Poll Tax .    1,566
Total immigrants 1,577
Returning within six months     210
Total number landed  1,787
Capitation tax collected  $78,300 1384 Chinese and Japanese Immigrants, 1897-98. 1898
Vancouver.
Immigrants paying Poll Tax      1,284
Returning within six months     313
In transit through Canada 1,937
Total landed  3,534
Capitation tax collected  $64,200
Nanaimo.
Immigrants paying Poll Tax    1
Total number landed  1
Capitation tax collected     $50
New Westminster.
Immigrants paying Poll Tax • • • •    1
Total number landed  1
Capitation tax collected           $50
Nelson.
Total  number landed         1
Capitation tax collected            $50
Japanese landed during the calendar year ended the 31st December, 1897, at     '
Victoria—Total number landed    727
Vancouver—Total number landed  7
Japanese landed during the calendar year ended 31st December, 1898, at
Victoria—Total number landed    1,878
Vancouver—Total number landed          671
So far as figures are procurable, it would appear that there were landed at Quarantine
during the two years—
Chinese    8,345
Japanese    3,473
As the Japanese do not come under the " Chinese Immigration Act," no special record
has been kept showing the destination of the Japanese, whether intending to remain in
Canada or in transit through the country ; but the Customs officers at Vancouver state that
the larger portion of them were in transit, but few remaining in the Province; and also that,
as regards Chinese immigrants landed at Vancouver, large numbers of them were ticketed to
Eastern Canadian points, and were sent forward immediately after registration.
The Committee advise that a certified copy of this Minute, if approved, be forwarded to
the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia for the information of the Legislative Assembly
of that Province.
John J. McGee,
Clerk of the Privy Council.
His Honour
The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
victoria, u. c.:
Printed by Richard Wolfkndkn, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.
1899.

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