Windsor Chinese Benevolent Association

In 1918 the Overseas Chinese Association, located at 151 Sandwich Rd. E., was co-founded by King Lee, Ping Lee and Huizhen Jin primarily to maintain social contacts among the local Chinese. In 1922 a dispute between laundry stores arose and the Overseas Chinese Association was called in to help resolve the conflict. However the Association had no guidelines for mediating disputes. A meeting was held and the Overseas Chinese Association was renamed the Windsor Chinese Benevolent Association. The association’s by-laws were modeled after those from the New York Chinese Benevolent Association.

Aware of the importance of education and with the large number of locally born children and youths from China, the Association established a tuition-free public night school for Chinese, in 1925. The school was supported by the generous donations of the Chinese community. In 1944 the association purchased it’s first club house from the municipality for $750.00. Since then the Association has moved to Seminole Street, and then, in 2001, they moved into their current facility on Wyandotte Street West.

Since the Chinese Benevolent Association was founded, it has worked for the welfare of the Chinese community, settled disputes among Chinese and raised funds to take care of the funerals for those with no relatives in Canada. The Windsor Chinese Benevolent Association has contributed tremendously to the harmony between the Chinese and mainstream society.


Essex County Canadian Chinese Association

In 1976, responding to the needs of the Chinese community in Windsor, the Essex County Chinese Canadian Association was founded to promote Chinese culture and to help integrate Chinese into mainstream society. Dr. Chosen Lau was one of the founders and the first president of the association.
One of the first steps of integration was the introduction of the celebration of Chinese New Year in the oriental tradition. In 1976 the first Annual New Year Banquet was held at the Cleary International Center. Dr. Edward Ng was instrumental in organizing the successful Chinese cabaret in 1980, to promote cultural exchange between the East and West.

In January 1982, the first association centre at Church St. was opened by Mayor Bert Weeks. Before that, the executive members would meet in various places – members’ homes or restaurants - to conduct the activities of the association. Subsequently, the centre moved to the Red Cross Building at 1226 Ouellette Ave. and then to the renovated building at 665 Ouellette Ave. Finally in 1990 the current facility at 1420 Tecumseh Rd. East was purchased. Besides the annual Chinese New Year Fundraising Gala, the Essex County Chinese Canadian Association also organizes the annual New Year Party for seniors as a gesture of respect.

Every year since it was established, the association has participated in the Canada Day Parade and the annual Carrousel of the Nations organized by the Multicultural Council of Windsor. The association has contributed tremendously to the promotion of Chinese culture in Windsor. The association also provides many other activities such as Chinese literature classes, mandarin classes and tai chi classes and publishes the annual Chinese Business and Professional Directory.


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Essex County Canadian Chinese Association Band at Carousel

Click here to see the Essex County Canadian Chinese Association Sword Dance at Carousel


Chinese Association of Greater Windsor

Since 1991 Windsor has been a preferred destination for many Chinese immigrants from mainland China. Because this group of Chinese immigrants speaks mainly mandarin while members of the Chinese Benevolent Association and the Essex County Chinese Association speak primarily Cantonese, the Chinese Association of Greater Windsor was established in 1997 as a result of the language difference.

CAGW has organized many seminars and social functions. In recent years the three Chinese Associations in Windsor have co-operated in many functions and activities bringing together all the Chinese in Windsor.


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Windsor Chinese Presbyterian Church

Early on, many of Windsor’s Chinese community attended St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. The church played an important role in helping Chinese immigrants to integrate into Canadian society. The women’s group of St. Andrews welcomed the Chinese with open arms. In 1903 they started Sunday school classes, following that they introduced English as a second language class.

In 1986 ‘The Presbyterian Church in Canada’ recognized the Chinese congregation as a separated entity. Today, they still operate out of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Victoria Avenue.

Windsor Chinese Baptist Church

In 1975 the leaders of the Toronto Chinese Baptist Church became aware of the growing Chinese population in Windsor and decided to do church planning in Windsor. The first Sunday worship was held on October 5th 1975 at Temple Baptist Church downtown. In July 1992 the congregation moved into the current church building on University Avenue. During the late 1970s and early 1980s many Chinese students from Hong Kong came to Windsor for high school and university education and church membership grew to 130 people with up to 80% being students.

From 1984 onward the population of foreign student declined due to the increase in tuition and church membership dropped below 100 people. As a community service, the Church operates a Chinese school every weekend. In recent years mandarin and English services were added in addition to Cantonese to minister to the mandarin speaking students from mainland China and the next generation of Chinese born in Canada that speak primarily English.

Windsor Chinese Alliance Church

Founded in 1975, the Windsor Chinese Alliance Church is a part of the denomination of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. The church was located at the corner of Wyandotte and Glengarry before moving to the present location on Seminole in 2003.

The Chinese Alliance Church has the largest membership in Windsor, with many Chinese students enrolled in Chinese classes every Saturday. The Alliance Church has contributed tremendously to the continuation of the Chinese culture.

Linh Son Buddhist Association of Windsor

Among the many Vietnamese immigrants in Windsor there are some with Chinese descent and most of them are Buddhist. Located at 706 Goyeau Street, the Linh son Buddhist Association of Windsor officially opened in 2005. Monks from different parts of the country gathered in Windsor to celebrate the opening.