Year
Event 
1988
  • Steering Committe Founded
1989 
  • Phase I Feasibility Study by Laventhal & Horwath (now Price Waterhouse) completed
1990 
  • Initial approval of CCC Constitution and By-laws
1991 
  • First Board of Directors formed
  • Phase II Feasibility Study by Price Waterhouse completed
  • Participated in the Metro Toronto International Caravan – first to establish the Cathay Pavilion
1992 
  • Registration as a charitable organization approved
  • “Request for expression of interest” sent to developers for partnership
  • Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Scarborough and CMS Development Inc.
  • Hosted Hong Kong Carnival as part of “Festival Hong Kong”
  • Inception of Chinese Canadian Day at Woodbine
1993 
  • Signing of Tri-partite Agreement with the City of Scarborough and CMS Development Inc.
  • “Request for expression of interest” sent to architects for architectural design
  • Appointment of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg in joint venture with Patrick Chan Architects as CCC design team
  • Co-organized Metro Toronto Week in Hong Kong
1994
  • Major corporate donations from BellCanada, Canadian Airlines
  • Major individual donations from Mrs Lucina Ho and Dr Hin-Shiu Hung
  • A Magical Evening (gala variety show, dinner and telethon), first major fund-raising event
1995 
  • Award of Jobs Ontario grant of $1 million by provincial government
  • Major corporate donations from HSBC of Canada, Royal Bank, Four L Graphics
  • A Tale of Two Kingdoms, a Chinese opera in English, produced in conjunction with the Wah Yan Drama Society as the year's major fund-raising event
  • Partnership with CentennialCollege, Scarborough
1996 
  • Ground-breaking Day set for November 18
  • Major corporate donations from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club, Bank of Montreal, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Appointment of Honourary Patrons
  • Major individual donations received from Mrs Vivienne Poy, Mr and Mrs Dexter Man, Dr Hin-Shiu Hung, and Dr K K Leung
  • Award of grant of $1 million by the Federal Government of Canada
  • Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival jointly organized with the Art Gallery of Ontario under the distinguished patronage of the Hon. Henry N R Jackman, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario
  • Superstar Fund-raising Gala Dinner and Variety Show, the year“s major fund-raising event
1997
  • Signed agreement with IBM Canada as technological partner
  • Concert en Cirque, the year's major fundraising event
  • CCC Sedan Chair Race
  • CCC co-presented the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre with the Hummingbird Centre as part of Toronto“s contribution to Canada“s Year of the Asia Pacific
  • Chinese New Year Celebration with ROM
1998
  • Foundation-stone Laying Ceremony by the Hon. Anson Chan, Chief Secretary for Administration, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government on January 18
  • Official Opening of the Centre, Phase I, on May 2
  • The Year of the Tiger First Day Cover commemorating the Official Opening of the CCC
  • Regular classes started in the summer
  • Inception of annual Health Awareness Day
  • Inception of annual Chinese Cultural Summer Camp
  • Inception of annual China Study Tour for university and high school students
  • Inception of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Business Conference
1999
  • Inception of March Break Camp
  • Celebration of Confucius' 2550th Birthday
2000
  • “Tiger & Dragon Exhibition: Chinese Children's Festival Hats” (jointly with the Textile Museum of Canada)
  • “The Silk Road” exhibition
  • Inception of Chinese Canadian Youth Conference and Youth Achievement Award
2001
  • Application for Phase II construction began
  • Inception of annual “Searching for our Roots “; youth tour for high school and university students
  • Inception of annual CCC Golf Day
  • Hosting of Hong Kong Ballet's The Last Emperor
  • “The Jews of Shanghai: A Story of Survival” (Jointly organized with JVS of Greater Toronto and the Canadian China Society)
2002
  • Contribution of $0.5M from Ministry of Canadian Heritage
  • Major donation received from Mr. Kwok-Yuen HO
  • Initiation of discussion on Phase II fundraising activities
  • Inception of annual FCC Chinese New Year celebrations (Jointly organized with Families with Children from China)
  • “By Leaps and Bounds: Images of Chinese women since footbinding” (in association with the BataShoeMuseum)
  • Inception of annual Orchid Show (Jointly organized with the Toronto Artistic Orchid Association)
  • Inception of Asian Heritage Month celebration at CCC (in association with &CMC-AO)
  • Hosting of “The China Film Philharmonic Folk Orchestra”
2003
  • CCC Phase II ground-breaking on March 27
  • Major individual donation received from Mr. Michael Lo
  • Retained Vanbots as Construction Manager for Phase II
  • Retained Louis Cheung Architect as Phase II Architect
  • Formation of Community Coalition Concerned About SARS at the peak of the SARS outbreak
  • Inception of annual Children's Bridge Chinese New Year Festival
  • Arts of China: Glimpse of an Ancient Civilization (a mobile exhibition jointly organized with the RoyalOntarioMuseum)
  • First year ICHHN “World Heart Day” drawing contest for children
  • “Sharing Our Traditions: Cultural Holidays in Toronto” (Co-organized with the SpadinaMuseum Historic House & Gardens, Culture Division, City of Toronto)
2004
  • Foundation Stone Laying and Official Commencement of Construction for Phase II ceremony, November 20
  • Major donations from Buddha's Light International Association, Mr. Lee LAU and MD Trust
  • Corporate donation announced by CIBC and Bank of Montreal
  • Launching of the Theatre Seat Sale donation drive
  • Hong Kong Film Festival 2004 (co-organized with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office)
  • “Eternal Echoes” Dr SUN Yat-Sen Memorial Week
2005
  • Topping-out ceremony for Phase II on December 10
  • Additional grant of $0.5M from the federal government
  • Announcement of major donation by RBC Financial Group
  • Media luncheon to announce progress of Phase II construction
  • Cantonese opera performances by the renowned Zhanjiang Cantonese Opera Troupe from China
  • “Sound of China” symphony concert in Niagara Falls, celebrating the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Canada and China
  • “From War to the Pursuit of Peace—The role of overseas Chinese in World War II” exposition, an exhibition to bring reflection on World War II
  • Fundraising Appeal on TV for Asian Tsunamis Relief
  • Fundraising Dinner for Pakistan Earthquake Relief (with CMC-AO)
2006
  • Premier Dalton McGuinty announced a $1M grant to the Phase II construction project
  • Major donation received from Mrs. Lucina Ho
  • Announcement of major donation from HSBC Bank of Canada
  • The first Chinese New Year Celebration at the Toronto City Hall
  • Fundraising Dinner for Indonesia Earthquake (in conjunction with CMC-AO)
  • Fundraising Dinner for Filipino Mudslide disaster (in conjunction with CMC-AO)
  • Cultural partner of the “Watched by Heaven, Tied to Earth” children's shoe exhibition with the BataShoeMuseum
  • Cultural partner of the Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival at the Ontario Place
  • Cultural partner of the Club Crew World Dragon Boat Race Championships
  • Co-organizer of “CCTV in Canada—Chinese New Year Spectacular” at the Rogers Centre
  • Official Phase II Opening on September 9
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