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Filipino Immigrants to Canada

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Filipino Immigrants to Canada

In 2019, 28K Filipino permanent residents were admitted in Canada

Filipinos in Canada

Filipino immigrants: The third largest foreign-born group in Canada

Filipino Immigrants

According to the 2016 Census, Filipino immigrants (588,305) were the third largest foreign-born group in Canada.

Filipino immigrants in Canada – 2001 and 2011


In 2011, the immigrants comprised 20.6% of Canada’s population, so one in five people were immigrants.

The number of immigrants from the Philippines almost doubled (95%) from 232,665 in 2001 to 454,335 in 2011, ranking Filipinos among the largest foreign-born groups in Canada.

In 2011, about half of the Filipino immigrants resided in Ontario –mainly in the Greater Toronto Area (173,495).

In 2011, 21% of Filipinos resided in British Columbia, 15% in Alberta and 10% in Manitoba.

In 2011, Filipinos were the largest foreign-born groups in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary (Census Metro Areas).


We would like to point out that the quality of the data from the National Household Survey (NHS) is still under criticism because this survey was conducted on a voluntary basis, so its validity, reliability and comparability with other instruments, such as population censuses have become an issue. In fact, before the first release of the NHS results, Statistics Canada issued warnings and cautions when using the NHS data, so use this data prudently.

Citizens from the Philippines landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 321,742 new permanent residents from the Philippines landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 18,400
2007 19,833
2008 24,884
2009 28,572
2010 38,614
2011 36,760
2012 34,301
2013 29,532
2014 40,030
2015 50,816
2006-2015 321,742
Source: Government of Canada.


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