On September 12, 2009 the archway was officially opened to commemorate Canada's Chinese pioneers, labourers, railway workers and subsequent descendants and immigrants of Chinese descent who contributed to all aspects of Canadian society. The archway that leads into the East Chinatown area of Toronto is designed to look like the traditional gateways in China.
This was a pet project of the late NDP leader Jack Layton. His son City Councillor Michael Layton attended the ceremony this evening seeing the completion of ten years of his father's work.
The new stainless steel plaques will be attached to the archway to honour those who worked to make this monument in Toronto happen.