Okay, so diplomatic relations between Canada and the Philippines might not exactly be friendly right now, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t be at least cordial with one another. That being said, Canadians are super nice people even at the worst of times. Which is why it’s not surprising that politicians from coast to coast took the time out to greet Filipinos across the country, including Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, who issued this statement on Philippine Independence Day.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Philippine Independence Day.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU STATEMENT ON PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY 2019
“Today, we join the Filipino community in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence.
“Cultural bonds – built through many generations of people-to-people ties – are the foundation of the relationship between Canada and the Philippines. Today, more than 837,000 Canadians of Filipino origin call Canada home.
“Canada looks forward to continuing to work with the Philippines to deepen this relationship.
“Today, I invite all Canadians to celebrate the important contributions that members of the Canadian-Filipino community have made – and continue to make – to our country. I also extend my best wishes to all those celebrating Philippine Independence Day, here in Canada and around the world.
“Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!
FILIPINO POPULATION CANADA
Filipinos in Canada are one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. Prior to the 21st century, there was only a small population of Filipinos in Canada. In a span of five years (from 2011 to 2016, the Filipino community in Canada grew an incredible 27%, driven largely by different immigration programs that encouraged family reunification including the Temporary Foreign Worker Program’s Live-In Caregiver Program).
Today, Filipinos in Canada make up the third largest subgroups of Filipinos living overseas.
WHERE ARE ALL THE FILIPINOS IN CANADA?
Filipinos can be found in every province in Canada, although the larger concentration are in the urban centres such as the Greater Toronto Area in the province Ontario, where there are 337, 760 Filipinos.
Ontario: 337,760 (2.5%)
Alberta: 175,130 (4.3%)
British Columbia: 158,215 (3.4%)
Manitoba: 83,530 (6.5%)
Quebec: 37,910 (0.4%)
Saskatchewan: 33,630 (3.0%)
HOW DO FILIPINOS CELEBRATE PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY IN CANADA?
Philippine Independence Day is not a national holiday in Canada, so unless Filipinos take the day off, they have to go to work.
That being said, the month of June was recently declared Filipino Heritage Month in Canada. Numerous Filipino cultural activities are scheduled to take place all across the country, including flag raising ceremonies and street festivals attended by large crowds.
Cities and municipalities which are home to large numbers of Filipinos host flag raising ceremonies to mark the occasion, attended by dignitaries and members of the Filipino Canadian community.
IS THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY OPEN ON PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY?
No, the Philippine Embassy is closed on Philippine Independence Day.
If you have business at the embassy, such as renewing a passport, you will have to schedule another visit; the embassy and all the Consulate Generals are closed for the day.
IS THE PHILIPPINE CONSULATE OPEN ON PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY?
No, the Philippine Consulate General is closed on Philippine Independence Day.
If you have business at the consulate, such as renewing a passport, you will have to schedule another visit; the embassy and all the Consulate Generals are closed for the day.
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