Officially launching the CCIF are (from left to right) Abidin Kusno (Director, York Centre for Asian Research), Rui Wang (former Interim Vice-President, Research & Innovation) and B. Michael Frolic (Director, Asian Business and Management Program)

Founded in 2019, the Canada-China Initiatives Fund (CCIF) was created to support scholarly exchanges and research on modern (i.e. post 1911) and contemporary China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, their global reach, their linkages with Canada, or the experiences of the diaspora communities.

It was created thanks to the generous support of the Asian Business and Management Program at York University.

The activities supported by the CCIF at YCAR will vary from year to year, but they will be prioritized in the following ranked order:

  1. Workshops or conferences at York (or in which York plays an institutional partnering role) that bring together researchers from York and elsewhere that are focused on themes within the scope noted above;
  2. Research projects by York faculty on issues within the stated scope;
  3. Visiting scholars to York whose work is focused on the stated scope and who will work with a York faculty member, preferably on collaborative research.
  4. Graduate student field research in China or Canada (both domestic and international  students registered at York will be eligible)

Applicants are encouraged to contact the CCIF at YCAR Coordinator before submitting their application (

Application Forms

There are two deadlines annually. The next two deadlines are: Thursday, 21 July 2022 and Friday, 20 January 2023.

Click here for photos from the CCIF launch on 13 September 2019

Click here to watch Ezra Vogel (Harvard) deliver the keynote speech at the CCIF launch (13 September 2019).

Click here for information about CCIF-YCAR’s 2019 inaugural recipients.

~ CCIF Recipients ~


Toronto’s Chinese Orchestras: History, Performance, and Community in the Canadian Chinese Diaspora [Graduate Student Research]
—Yao Cui, Graduate Programme in Music

Is There Racial Profiling among Canadian University Professors of Chinese Descent? What Could Be the Consequences for the Canadian Research Community and Canada-China Research Collaboration? [Research Project]
—Qiang Zha, Faculty of Education


The Long Term Effects of Migrant Rights’ Campaigns on Vulnerability to Forced Labour in Hong Kong [Research Project]
—Margaret Boittin, Osgoode Hall Law School

When Chinese Propaganda Goes Global: Understanding China’s Overseas Information Campaigns [Research project]
—Muyang Li, Sociology

Chinese Canadian’s Awareness of Indigenous Peoples & their History in Canada —Mapping Knowledge Gaps & Finding Solutions [Research Project]
—Rick Sin, School of Social Work

Who Drinks Bubble-Tea? High-Rise Student Gated Communities in Toronto’s West Chinatown [Graduate Student Research]
—Corals Zheng, Environmental Studies 


Head Tax Redress: Voice, Presence, Power
—Lorne Foster,  School of Public Policy & Administration

Woman and Urbanization in China: Building a Transformative Knowledge Network [Workshop]
—Linda Peake, Social Science

姐姐,弟弟 Sister, Brother: Son Preference and Daughter Discrimination Among Chinese Canadians
—Sharada Srinivasan, YCAR Research Associate and Canada Research Chair in Gender, Justice and Development, University of Guelph

Making Gender in China: Third Biannual Conference of the China Academic Network on Gender [Conference]
—Christopher Vogel, History

Chinese Urbanization in Global Urban Age: A Scenic Approach [Research Project]
—Cary Wu, Sociology

Substantiable Urbanization in China and Canada: Comparative Perspectives [Workshop]
—Cary Wu, Sociology

Chinese-Canadian Emigration and the China Rust Belt [Graduate Student Research]
—Liu Xin, Cinema and Media Arts

Anti-Asian Racism during COVID-19: An Interdisciplinary Approach workshop
—Xiao Alvin Yang, YCAR Visiting Graduate Associate and PhD candidate, Universität Kassel

Looking Back and Forward: Perspectives on Canada-China Higher Education Relations
—Qiang Zha, Education

*The CCIF also provided seed funding for Platform Politics: Public Perception of Chinese Tech Companies in the National News Discourse project.


Marxist Perspectives on Economy, Business and Society in China [Workshop]
—Raju Das, Department of Geography

International Tax Disputes Among Belt & Road Countries: Can There Be One Mechanism that Works for All (Big and Small)? [Research project]
—Jinyan Li, Osgoode Hall Law School

From the 2019 Hong Kong Protests to the World’s Tomorrow: The Power of Disobedience, Discourse and Creative Dissent [Exhibition and event series]
—Wendy S. Wong, Department of Design