Filipinos Immigrating to Canada

Famous Niagara Falls - 2016

The famous Niagara Falls in the winter and summer time. A hangout area for many Filipinos in Canada. It is close to many recreation centers and the Casino.

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Brief History
  • First Filipinos migrated to Canada in the year 1930.
  • At least 20 Filipinos residing in Manitoba were recorded.
  • The first generation of Filipinos worked as Nurses, Teachers and in the Health Sector.
  • Most Filipinos immigrated to Manitoba, Canada during the 1960s to work in the garment industry.
  • There were about 770 Filipinos recorded in 1964.
  • Most Filipinos came directly from the Philippines during the 1970s to work in clerical, sales and manufacturing fields.
  • More and more Filipinos decided to settle in Ontario most especially in the city of Toronto in the 70’s.
  • Canada saw a growth of Live-in caregiver contract workers during the 1980s.
  • More Filipinos came to Canada in the 1990’s as an independent and family immigrant.
  • From 1990-onward, more and more Filipinos immigrating to Canada seeking for better economic opportunities, with about 20,000 immigrants every year.
  • In 1992, The Philippines was ranked top 2 among the top-ranked sources of Canadian immigrants.
  • Since 1992, Filipinos have consistently ranked first among sources in the independent immigrant category.
  • By 1995, there are more than 220,000 Filipino Canadians that have entered as immigrants.
  • In 2001, 51% of adults in the Filipino community were married, while the figure was 50% of the overall population of Canadian adults.
  • In 2001, 31% of Canadians of Filipino origin aged 15 and over had either a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree. This is more than double the figure for the overall adult population, only 15% of which had a degree.
  • In 2001, 72% of labor force participants of Filipino origin were employed, compared with a national figure of 62%.
  • In 2006, a census reported a total of 436,190 Filipinos in Canada.
  • The Philippines had been the top source country in 2012. A 56% increase from 2006.
  • More than 40,000 Filipinos became permanent residents in 2014. The number of new permanent residents in Canada from the Philippines was up from 14,004 in 2004, a near three times increase in just a decade.
  • As of 2015, there are more than 700,000 people of Filipino descent in Canada.
Taste of Manila 2016

The famous  “Taste of Manila” in Toronto. Filipinos’ way of introducing their culture and language to Canadians.

Facts About Filipinos in Canada

Other Resources: Taste of Manila (Featured in CTV Toronto News); Filipino-Canadian Community Media Entities

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Sari-sari Store - Taste of Manila Festival - Toronto, Canada

Sari-sari store from the “Taste of Manila” festival in Toronto, Canada – 2016. It is the most popular type of convenient store in the Philippines.

Immigrating to Canada – The Process, Adjustment, and Opportunities

Immigrating to Canada is a very challenging journeyBack in 2007, when the IELTS was not fully implemented yet, the challenge of taking the exam at the embassy was every applicant’s concern.  Such exam is taken before the interview happens. At that time, an applicant had to wait many years (5 years was pretty much the longest).  We had the federal and the provincial nominee under the skilled worker program.  Some entered through their Live-in Caregiver Program, which was a shorter process.

I applied for their Federal Skilled Worker Program.  It was an exciting journey, but it was not the easiest.  I had waited for almost 5 years compared to a 1 yr. time frame nowadays (through the Manila Embassy).  The long wait made me think that it was probably not meant for me.  For many, it was devastating to know they were not able to pass after many long years of waiting.  The current system for application is more systematic and effective nowadays.  See below for link references.

Going to Canada for better opportunities is pretty much a dream for most Filipinos. Better opportunities to uplift our socioeconomic status mean our immediate family and extended family members are also included in our journey.

There are many things you need to consider when applying for Canada. The cost of application (see fees below) and settlement funds are much to consider.  Filipinos who find themselves qualified to apply will do everything they can to come up with the funds with hopes that they can get a good job to compensate them later. It is very difficult leaving our country and our loved ones, even if it is meant to provide better opportunities for the whole family, maybe just for the long term.  We may not know the things that await us, but we know that there are better opportunities out there.  We are not thinking of what adjustment we may have to consider as to the new culture, new language, and environment that awaits us.  These factors are the least of our concerns when it comes to our decision.  We are more concerned about the situation of our family.  The hardship in our lives is adequate to remind us to take the opportunity, even it means to sacrifice our great times with loved ones for quite a long time.

Important: Submitting an Express Entry profile does not mean you have applied for permanent residence, or that you will be invited to. If you will be invited to apply, you will then need to give more information in your application for permanent residence. (It only takes 6 months to process the application once you are invited to apply.)


Determine your Eligibility for Skilled workers

Become a candidate – Skilled Immigrant Express Entry  (Effective January 1, 2015)

Application Fees

Settlement Funds

Processing times for Federal Skilled Workers Program

Other application processing times

Fees for Other Type of Applications

Filipino Foods in Toronto

Sampaguita Village Family Restaurant in Toronto serves authentic Filipino Foods. A favorite hangout for many Filipinos in Toronto.

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