Statistics Canada finds 3 out of 10 frontline workers in Canada are Filipino

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic saw many frontline workers, including nursing aides, orderlies and patient service associates in different settings including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities all across Canada. According to a recently released Statistics Canada (StatsCan) study, 3 out of 10 frontline workers were Filipino.

The study, titled “The contribution of immigrants and population groups designated as visible minorities to nurse aide, orderly and patient service associate occupations”, can be found here.

StatsCan took a closer look at the contributions made by immigrants in this particular group of frontline workers.

The StatsCan study found that in 2016, more than 1/3 of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates were immigrants, and that most of them were black and Filipino women.

The study also found that immigrants working in these positions were better educated than their Canadian-born co-workers, with 25% of them having a bachelor’s degree compared to only 5% of Canadian-born having a bachelor’s degree.

Immigrants working in these positions vary greatly across regions. In the city of Toronto, more than 79% of these positions were filled by immigrants, while in the Atlantic provinces, only 10% of these positions were filled by immigrants.


Statistic Canada is Government of Canada agency responsible for producing statistical reports about Canada’s population, resources, economy and culture. The bureau produces reports for both the provincial and territorial governments as well as the federal government.

Statistics Canada conducts the nationwide census every 5 years.

The official abbreviation of the bureau is StatCan, but mainstream media commonly refers to it as StatsCan.

The Economist named Statistics Canada as the best statistical organization in the world in 1991 and 1993.

The incumbent minister is Navdeep Bains.

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