The Philipines is the Top Source Country for Canadian Immigrants
As recently reported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the Philippines was the top source country for permanent residents to Canada last year.
In 2014, Canada opened its doors to over 40,000 Canadian permanent residents from the Philippines – that’s a 30% increase from the previous year.
In addition to that, Canada also issued close to 47,000 visitor visas to Filipinos last year; an increase of 56 percent since 2006.
Last week, President of the Philippines Benigo Aquino III paid a state visit to Canada, where Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged Canada’s strong “people-to-people ties” with the Philippines.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said of the alliance between the two countries: “Canada benefited from robust immigration from the Philippines in 2014. Students and permanent residents from around the world as well as visitors continue to strengthen Canada’s economy and communities.”
Canada’s Flourishing Culture
Immigration has become an integral part of Canadian culture. Over 260,000 Canadian permanent residents are welcomed into the country each year, with the Filipino community making up a significant percentage of overall immigration. In fact, did you know that more than 700,000 Canadian residents can track their ancestry’s roots back to the Philippines?
Canada itself is at its highest level of sustained immigration since 2006, and the contribution Filipinos make to Canadian society and many other areas is duly celebrated by the government of Canada.
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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