Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has added UnionPay as a new payment option to make applying online for travel visas more convenient and accessible for Chinese travellers. UnionPay is the largest and most popular payment provider in China. Today IRCC Minister Ahmed Hussen highlighted this initiative on the eve of a federal, provincial, territorial tourism trade mission to China led by Minister Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. Minister Chagger will echo this announcement in China. The new payment option is just one in a series of measures that IRCC has undertaken recently to facilitate travel for Chinese travellers. 2018 is the Canada-China Year of Tourism which follows a record year for the number of applications processed in mainland China. Chinese citizens accounted for 23 percent of all temporary resident visa applications that IRCC received in 2017. The approval rate for Chinese citizens is very high, averaging 88.5% since 2015. The department made recent updates that will benefit Chinese citizens, such as the launch of the Student Direct Stream for faster study permit processing. IRCC and the Canada Border Services Agency have also added two Chinese airlines, China Eastern Airlines and XiamenAir, and the Montréal‑Trudeau Airport (for Air Canada flights only) to the China Transit Program to offer visa-exempt transit through Canada for eligible Chinese travellers who are en route to and from the United States.