Canada is famous for its diversity, priding itself in being one of the most multicultural countries in the world. That’s why it comes as no surprise that Canada has become the top destination for Filipinos to visit, study, work and immigrate. Anecdotal records indicate that the first Filipinos arrived from the United States, crossing into Manitoba in the 1950s. We really haven’t looked back since. Today there are over 837,130 Filipinos in Canada. Where do they all live, you may ask? Here are the top 6 Canadian provinces where Filipinos live.
6. Saskatchewan, Filipino population: 33,630
We like to joke around when it comes to the Prairies. We tell Filipinos moving to Saskatchewan that if you leave your door open and your dog goes out, not to worry. The land is so flat that even if it’s been a couple of days, you’ll still see your dog in the distance, wagging his tail.
5. Manitoba, Filipino population: 37,910
Manitoba holds the distinction of being the first entry point for Filipinos in Canada. Having said that, it’s also fitting that Jollibee open its first two Canadian branches in Winnipeg. It’s also cold, so very cold. There are almost 40,000 Filipinos who consider themselves proud Manitobans.
4. Quebec, Filipino population: 85,530
Ah, la belle province! Quebec holds a very special place in our hearts. Canada is a spectacularly beautiful country, but Quebec in particular has a unique old-world charm all its own. It’s also testament to how incredibly adaptable Filipinos are. We don’t usually speak French, but when you’re in Quebec, you’ve got no choice but. And to think, there are more than 80 thousand Filipinos already there. How would you say “eight sticks of pork barbecue to go, please?” en français?
3. British Columbia, Filipino population: 158,215
The westernmost Canadian province is home to over 150 thousand Filipinos. That’s a lot. It’s also very expensive there. If you have relatives, make sure to take advantage of their hospitality and visit them. You won’t regret it, it’s very picturesque all year round. That, and it’s warm. Hollywood films most of its TV shows and movies in BC, so keep an eye out for some celebrities when you’re there.
2. Alberta, Filipino population: 175,130
When you think of Alberta, you think oil fields. Filipinos came to Alberta by the truckload when the global price of oil was sky-high. Everyone who was working in the oil industry ran to Alberta to strike it rich, and stayed when it hit rock bottom. Reports have it that Alberta has greater numbers of undocumented Filipino workers without status.
1. Ontario, Filipino population: 337,760
The province of Ontario is a great balance of everything you could probably want in Canada. It’s got the natural beauty, the cosmopolitan cities and super accessible international cuisine. By far, it’s the most populous province in the country. It comes as no surprise that most Filipinos live in Ontario. Jollibee will be opening their third location in Toronto on March, so if you thought that the lines when they opened in Winnipeg were ridiculous, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
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