Immigrating to Canada from the Philippines

immigrating-to-canada-from-philippines-niren-associatesOne of the largest success stories to come out of Canadian immigration in the past century is that of Filipino migrants who have been coming into Canada from the Philippines for over sixty years. The Philippines tends to be one of the top four countries for migration into Canada on a yearly basis, but recently has climbed past China and India for the number two seed behind the United States.

The struggling state of the economy in the Philippines has made migration an attractive option as the large number of college graduates (just under three-quarters of a million) have only a small chance of finding employment in their home nation.

Why the Philippines?

In comparison to other migrants from different countries, several factors make Filipino immigrants more likely to find employment.

  • Higher levels of job skills in comparison to other migrants
  • More education, with higher numbers holding degrees
  • Better English-language skills than most migrants

These combine to make Filipino immigrants a favourable hiring block. With existing deficits in Canadian businesses such as Ontario health care, many Filipinos are finding easy employment in specializations that they would be unable to find in the Philippines. Unlike other immigrants that have suffered more than native citizens as a result of the recession, migrants from the Philippines are thriving.

Filipinos in Canada

While migrants from China and India are well-known for creating ethnic neighborhoods and communities that resist cultural homogenization with other Canadian cultures, Filipinos have proven much more adept at blending into their surroundings and leaving much less of a profile. No city in Canada has a “Filipino Town” to compare with the Chinese districts of Vancouver or the Indian neighborhoods of Toronto; only a few neighborhoods across the country have a population density higher than the national average. With only one Filipino-Canadian having been elected to the national Parliament, there is very little indication that these immigrants have become such a large block altogether.

The Gains of the Philippines Migrants

One of the largest advantages of Filipino employment is their role in caring industry. As one example, the Live-In Caregiver Program that offers live-in care for children and the elderly has a workforce that is made up of over ninety percent Filipinos. Some Canadian sociologists have called them “servants of globalization” because they separate from their families in order to work for wealthy families. Their efforts are selfless but quite fruitful — each year over a billion dollars flows into the Philippines from Canada, accounting for over ten percent of the nation’s GDP. What’s more, the immigrants are showing incredible upward mobility, with nearly ninety percent of first-wave children gaining university degrees, one of the highest figures of race and education in the entire country.


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2 thoughts on “Immigrating to Canada from the Philippines

  1. Jennifer Culanculan

    I am a Filipina, 49 yrs of age, a registered nurse in the Philippines with 4 years experience in hospital setting and 15 years working in public health as supervising nurse.
    I am presently here in New Zealand since 04 June 2013 for my studies in Diploma in Healthcare Management and graduated the course in 4 May 2014.
    Since my studies here in New Zealand up to the present I am working as healthcare assistant in a retirement home and hospital here.
    I would just like to know if there’s an opportunity for me to work and live in Canada.
    Hoping for information and advices from you soon.
    Thank you for your time.


    Jennifer Culanculan

    1. muga.rajbhandari

      Hello Jennifer. There are several programs that you might qualify for; Canadian caregiver, Provincial Nomination to name two. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga


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