Top Canadian regions where the Philippines’ overseas community is moving to

Last updated on December 31st, 2023 at 07:30 pm

The Philippines’ overseas community in Canada first began arriving in the 1970s. In the last decade alone, the population of Filipinos has doubled in size, becoming the fastest-growing overseas community in Canada. Recent surveys show that many individuals in Canada who come from the Philippines have jobs in industries such as health care, service industries, and technology.

If you’re considering moving away from the Philippines, there are plenty of towns and cities throughout Canada with communities from overseas, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal, and Edmonton. Review this Remitly guide that shares the major Canadian regions where the Philippines’ overseas community lives, along with events and organizations that have helped these communities feel welcome in Canada.

Greater Toronto area

The greater Toronto metro area is home to over 62% of all Filipinos in Canada, with 282,385 residents who make up 6.0% of the area’s total population as of 2016. Tagalog is the most common non-English language in many of Toronto’s neighborhoods, and you can frequently hear the Ilocano and Cebuano languages around town.

Some highlights of Toronto’s unofficial “Little Manila” community include:

  • Our Lady of the Assumption Parish (North York): Since churches are important social centers of the Filipino community, Our Lady of the Assumption has played a key role in helping welcome newcomers in the Toronto area.
  • Sampaguita Village Family Restaurant (North York): This established family restaurant offers a taste of Filipino cuisine in Toronto for those craving food from home.
  • The Filipino Centre Toronto (Scarborough): This community center welcomes all people from the Philippines and celebrates Filipino cultural identity by hosting festivals and events throughout the year, while also helping newcomers feel at home in their new country.
  • Pistahan sa Toronto: One of the annual celebrations sponsored by the Filipino Centre, this event honors Philippine Heritage Month by featuring musical acts, traditional foods, and fun vendors.

For a look at the delicious food in Toronto, check out this delicious bowl of lomi soup at Sampaguita Village Family Restaurant:

Vancouver area

With the second-largest community of Filipinos from overseas, Vancouver has nearly 94,000 Filipino residents. Nearly 20% of Canada’s community of overseas Filipinos call the Vancouver area home.

Some of the most important events and organizations in Vancouver include:

  • Pinoy Fiesta: Held in Memorial South Park each June, this is the biggest Filipino cultural event in Canada. Pinoy Fiesta features many musical, cultural, and culinary attractions.
  • The Kalayaan Centre: This is a nonprofit community center that supports the rights of Filipino workers in Canada. Since 1996, they’ve shown support by assisting with social justice, welfare, and cultural traditions.
  • Facebook community: The Vancouver area has a Facebook community that features job posts and cultural events for fellow Vancouver-area Filipinos.
  • Hapag Ihaw Ihaw: This is a restaurant in East Side Vancouver that provides a delicious taste of authentic Filipino cuisine.

These resources provide a great support network for individuals and families arriving in Canada from the Philippines. Filipinos have greatly enriched Canada’s culture and commerce with their contributions in both metro areas and nationwide.

Living far from home makes it hard to stay connected with family, be there to support them during difficult times, or celebrate the holidays. Up to 60% of Filipinos in Canada take advantage of money-sending services and the ability to send balikbayan boxes filled with food and toiletries for friends and family in their hometowns overseas.

Using Remitly’s services makes it even easier and faster to send money home to your family even after moving to a new country, like Canada, the U.S., or the U.K.

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