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Filipino news in Canada

Filipinos are one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. Read on to learn more about the latest Filipino news in Canada, gathered from the best sources on the internet.

CAD$70 million Lotto Max prize up for grabs on Friday February 26

Filipino news in Canada - Lotto Max

2021-02-25 – This Friday, February 26, 2021, the Lotto Max jackpot will be CAD$70 million (approximately PhP2.72 billion). Continue reading for more Filipino news in Canada!

There will also be 21 CAD$1 million (approximately PhP38.89 million) prizes up for grabs.

Since it launched in 2019, two CAD$70 million Lotto Max jackpots have been won.

One was on February 25, 2020 and the other on October 9, 2020. Both winning tickets were sold in Quebec.

A Filipino family from Winnipeg, Manitoba recently won the CAD$60 million (approximately PhP2.33 billion) jackpot with an online ticket. It was the largest lotto prize ever won for the province.

For more information about Lotto Max, click here.

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Caregiver called a hero for saving Canadian employer’s children

Filipino news in Canada - Filipino caregiver

2021-02-24 – A Filipino caregiver is being called a hero for saving two children under her care when she pushed a stroller to safety, mere moments before being hit by an out-of-control vehicle in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Continue reading for more Filipino news in Canada!

The Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) was pushing her Canadian employer’s on the sidewalk of St. Clair Ave. when a Nissan Pathfinder being driven by an 82 year old driver mounted the curb, hitting the OFW sending her crashing through a nearby store window.

“She actually sounds like she is a hero possibly pushing this stroller out of the way of the vehicle,” said Williams. “Everybody here is thankful she took the actions that she did,” Toronto Police Duty Inspector Michael Williams told the Toronto Sun. “It was the worst accident I’ve ever seen.”

If it wasn’t for the quick actions of the OFW, the children may have suffered even greater injuries. When first responders arrived, the stroller was still partially pinned between the vehicle and a nearby wall.

“The two children, very luckily — ages two and five — received very minor injuries,” Williams told the Toronto Sun. “The children are so lucky, and we are happy they are in hospital with minor injuries.”

The OFW was brought to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries. A Gofundme account has been set up for the Filipino caregiver. According to her friend Anney Anna Gonzales, the OFW is a single mum supporting her daughter and parents back home in the Philippines.

More than 177 people have so far contributed more than CAD$8,000.00 to help with the caregiver’s recovery. To help out, click here.

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Meet the Filipinos changing the political landscape of Canada

2021-02-23 – spoke with three Filipinos to find out what drove them to join Canadian politics. Continue reading for more Filipino news in Canada!

Mable Elmore, Jocelyn Curteanu and Malaya Marcelino spoke with’s Paul Karchut to discuss why they made the choice to enter public service.

Filipino news in Canada - Mable Elmore

Mable Elmore, Member of the Legislative Assembly, NDP, British Columbia

“I’m a four-term MLA representing Vancouver-Kensington, born in Langley, raised in northern Manitoba. My mother came from the Philippines as a nurse in 1965. She met my dad. His background is Irish-Canadian,” Elmore told

“And I didn’t think I’d be a politician. Last thing I thought I’m ever going to end up being (is) a politician. But I just enjoyed volunteering in the community and helping people. And I was asked to consider running to be a candidate in the provincial election and I ran. I was a big underdog,” Elmore told “But I really had strong support across the Filipino community and broader community. And so I won the nomination. I was elected and made history. It was a great honour to be elected as the first and only MLA of a Filipino heritage (in B.C.) and also the first out lesbian of colour elected in B.C., and I believe in Canada, in 2009. “

Learn more about Elmore, click here.

Filipino News in Canada - Malaya Marcelino

Malaya Marcelino, Member of Legislative Assembly, NDP, Manitoba

“This is my very first term so we just finished up a year. And the leader of the Opposition, the NDP, Wab Kinew, asked me to consider running in this constituency that I grew up in,” Marcelino told

“My mother has been an MLA for the NDP for 12 years, and it was a difficult kind of experience being a kid, watching all that happen. We only got to see our mom on Sunday mornings at church, but I decided to do it for personal reasons. Because we saw what was happening in the health-care system and we saw some issues with crime personally affecting our family friends. And I thought that I would be able to step up and help with that in our community,” Marcelino told “I’m a mom of two young children, so it’s a lot of juggling. I understand why people or women don’t do this until their children are older. I work a lot. But it’s important work and it’s important to have that voice that represents people who normally don’t get represented.”

Learn more about Marcelino, click here.

Filipino news in Canada - Jocelyn Curteanu

Jocelyn Curteanu, Councillor for the city of Whitehorse, Yukon

“Yes, I’m a city councilor for the City of Whitehorse. I actually was born in the Philippines, in Quezon City. My parents (are) both Filipino. I was the vice-president of the Canadian Filipino Association of Yukon (and) I was asked to speak in front of city council one time to provide a delegation to encourage city council to sign on to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination,” Curteanu told

“I thought it was just a formality, to show our community support for this initiative. And then when I spoke, I felt that there was some resistance. And it concerned me because I was thinking, “What do you mean there’s no racism in Yukon?” You know, like I mean, the population of Yukon was just becoming more diversified. We were having more foreign workers, immigrants coming in. But culture remained, for the most part, the same,” Curteanu told “So when that happened, it kind of convinced me that, yeah, we can’t have a council without minority representation. And now this is my third term and I’m loving it and just realizing how much work it is but how important the work is. “

Learn more about Curteanu, click here.

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Filipino entrepreneur from British Columbia featured in international billboard campaign

Filipino news in Canada - Mary Sietz @pinaymagazine

2021-02-23 – You might recognize Mary Seitz of Tsawwassen, British Columbia. She’s currently featured on billboards across the world for Pinay Magazine, including at Times Square in New York City. Continue reading for more Filipino news in Canada!

The magazine, which promotes Filipino beauty, is also running their campaign in Paris, London, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Seitz owns Beach Grove Laser Skin Care Clinic in downtown Tsawwassen.

“Don’t let anyone and anything dim your light. To every young girl dreaming of something big one day, don’t you ever give up of realizing your wildest dreams. Chase your dreams young ones and be thirsty! To all women 40 and beyond, don’t fade! Don’t be invisible, instead be more visible and let the world see you radiate even more with age and time. To my fellow Filipinas, let’s wave our flag with beaming pride and be proud of our roots and our history,” Seitz recently posted on Instagram.

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OFWs tie the knot in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

Filipino news in Canada - Steinbach Manitoba Erika Namuco

2021-02-23 – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Erika Namuco and Peter Justine finally tied the knot, getting married in Steinbach, Manitoba. They’ve been waiting nine years for their big day. Continue reading for more Filipino news in Canada!

Namuco had originally planned on getting married in the Philippines, but then COVID-19 happened.

“It was planned, it was paid for, but it had to be cancelled because of the pandemic,” Namuco told

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been operating at reduced capacity. Namuco considers herself fortunate that her husband was able to get on a flight to finally join her in Canada.

When public health officials relaxed restrictions, Namuco jumped at the opportunity to book the Mennonite Heritage Village for their wedding.

Namuco, who works at Smith Neufeld Jodoin in Steinbach, asked one of the partners to officiate.

“These people have gone through a lot to get married today, they’ve been living apart for seven years, he in the Philippines and she in Canada,” John Neufeld told “I am honoured that she asked me to do this.”

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Former beauty queen working as a frontline healthcare worker in Canada

Filipino news in Canada - Tisha Silang

2021-02-23 – A former beauty queen spoke to to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic. Tisha Silang, who was crowned Binibining Pilipinas in 1998, is currently living in Toronto, Ontario with her family, working as a frontline healthcare worker at a local hospital. Continue reading for more Filipino news in Canada!

She is part of the Ontario Government‘s priority list of people to be vaccinated, which includes residents of long-term homes and healthcare workers. The first phase of vaccination has already begun all across Canada.

More than 1,554,003 doses have been administered in Canada, including 556,533 in the province of Ontario.

“I’m feeling great, back to normal, no different than prior to getting the vaccine,” Silang told Silang has already received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Public health officials all across Canada have repeatedly reminded the public that while vaccines are becoming more widely available, they can’t let their guard down just yet.

“The vaccine doesn’t reach its maximum effectivity of 95 percent until about a week after you have had your second dose, we are still asked to follow safety protocols of wearing masks, keeping six feet apart, proper handwashing, and of course, full PPE,” Silang told

So far, Canada has approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada from Pfizer and Moderna.

Silang won one of the Philippines biggest beauty pageants in 1998, and was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe.

Silang was forced to abdicate when questions about her Canadian citizenship arose, passing on the title to Jewel May Lobaton, who went on to represent the Philippines at the Miss Universe pageant in Honolulu.

Silang enjoyed a showbiz career in the Philippines, working as a television host for GMA Network. She also joined the third season The Amazing Race Asia.

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OFWs are being fired by their Canadian employers by text during the COVID-19 pandemic

Filipino news in Canada - You’re fired text

2021-02-22 – Shortly after her Canadian employer fell ill, a Filipino caregiver was taken to a hotel to quarantine. Shortly after, she was fired by text message. Continue reading for more Filipino news in Canada!

The Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) spoke to the Toronto Star.

“I was shocked. I didn’t see it coming. I was still cleaning their house after my boss got sick and they were checking on me to make sure I was OK,” the OFW told the Toronto Star, on condition of anonymity. “I don’t have a job anymore. My friends and relatives don’t want me to go to their house because everyone is scared of COVID-19. I have nowhere to go.”

The Canadian employer apologized in her termination text message, saying that it was a “financial decision” made for their family. Her  things were packed and brought to the hotel lobby.

Advocates like Nicole Guthrie from the Don Valley Community Legal Services spoke with the Toronto Star about rising number of caregivers who are being left homeless after being infected with COVID-19 by their Canadian employers.

“The number has been increasing because incidents of COVID have increased,” Guthrie told the Toronto Star. “Caregivers don’t know if there’s someone in the family with the virus or are told they still have to come to work. If they’re going to be off for a while, they don’t have sick-day coverage. The employers don’t want to deal with that. It’s not one or two, but quite a few.”

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic puts the power dynamic between Canadian employers and OFWs in focus, many of whom are still working as nannies under the Government of Canada’s Caregiver Program.

The now-defunct Live In Caregiver Program (LCP) saw tens of thousands of OFWs come to Canada from every corner of the world, including the Philippines. The LCP was attractive to low skilled OFWs, primarily because it allowed them to bring their families in Canada without having to meet the minimum language and educational requirements of other immigration programs. 

The LCP also did not require eligible OFWs to provide Proof of Funds, more commonly known as Show Money.

The LCP was partially responsible for the sharp increase of the Filipino population in Canada, as eligible caregivers sponsored their qualified dependents.

The LCP was not without its problems. Many Canadian employers who hired OFWs under the LCP were themselves first time employers, and many faced challenges inherent in having someone new living with them in their homes. 

OFWs also had to cope with being far away from their families, living with their Canadian employers under very difficult situations.

There have also been well documented instances of OFWs putting themselves in unending cycles of debt by paying thousands of dollars to recruitment agencies, with some coming to Canada only to find out that their Canadian employers were non-existent.

The LCP ended in 2014, to be replaced with a number of pilot programs that now have more strict requirements for both Canadian employers and OFWs.

Despite OFWs no longer being required to live with their Canadian employers, many continue to do so.

Another OFW spoke with the Toronto Star, saying that she only found out that her Canadian employer tested positive for COVID-19 after she accidentally saw the test result while she was cleaning her office.

“I suffered from shortness of breath even just from climbing up the stairs from the basement. I had headaches and dizziness,” the OFW told the Toronto Star. “I didn’t talk to my husband and children in the Philippines for two weeks because I was so sick that I couldn’t talk for long without coughing. I was afraid they would find out and worry I was sick with COVID.”

The OFW feared for her life while she was ill.

“I had to take care of myself. I had to take care of my employers, who, too, were sick,” the OFW told the Toronto Star. “The whole time I was sick in my bed, I was thinking of my family. I didn’t want to die in Canada without seeing them.”

Canadian politicians are discussing the issues being faced by OFWs under the Caregiver Program, including the New Democrat’s Jenny Kwan.

“There has never been a time where child care has been more important in order to mitigate the disproportionate effects the pandemic has had on women in the workforce, as well as caregivers who provide support to older vulnerable Canadians,” Kwan told the Toronto Star.

Although the Government of Canada has taken steps in recent years to provide additional protections and support to vulnerable foreign workers including OFWs under the Caregiver program, many remain under the radar, afraid to lose their jobs and status in Canada by speaking up against their Canadian employers. 

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Filipinos sent more than CAD$1 billion to the Philippines

Filipino news in Canada - Joy Tajanlangit

2021-01-31 – Joy Tajanlangit owns Manila Convenience Store in Calgary, Alberta. She spoke with to discuss remittances, where members of the local Filipino community come far and wide to send money to family members back in the Philippines. Continue reading for more Filipino news in Canada!

“They just received their salary; they won’t even see it pass through their hands. Just go straight to our store and send it back to the Philippines,” Tajanlangit told CBC.

Filipinos from all across Calgary come to Tajanlangit’s store on Bonaventure Dr. to pick up Filipino snacks and other grocer items, as well as to send money back home to the Philippines.

Tajanlangit spends time talking to her customers, many of whom regularly send money back home to support their relatives. She hears plenty of stories of Filipinos having to work twice as hard in the middle of the pandemic just to make sure their relatives in the Philippines continue to receive money.

“I would give advice to them to take care of yourself as well,” Tajanlangit told the CBC. “They’ve been working here so hard, and sometimes they don’t even have a break in the whole week.”

Some of her customers send as much as CAD$2,000.00 every payday to family back home in the Philippines.

“That could either save [family and friends] from hunger or sometimes hospitalization, their kids being in school. You know, without that, it would be really hard for them to live,” Tajanlangit told CBC.

The amount of money Filipinos are sending back to the Philippines remained steady in 2020, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial assistance from different levels of Canadian government have gone a long way towards keeping the money flowing, but with a definitive end to the pandemic not yet in sight, questions remain about the sustainability of sending money back home.

Remittances aren’t exclusive to the Filipino community. Many other communities in Canada send money to family members, including Canadians from the Middle East, Latin American, African and Asian communities.

Countries like the Philippines are heavily dependent on the money being sent from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from countries like Canada with more than CAD$42.8 billion sent to the Philippines, accounting for 10% of the country’s GDP.

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