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Filipino Canadians are Canadians of Filipino
Filipino people
The Filipino people or Filipinos are an Austronesian ethnic group native to the islands of the Philippines. There are about 92 million Filipinos in the Philippines, and about 11 million living outside the Philippines ....

 ancestry. Filipino-Canadians are the fourth-largest subgroup of the Overseas Filipino
Overseas Filipino
An Overseas Filipino is a person of Philippine origin who lives outside of the Philippines. This term applies both to people of Filipino ancestry who are citizens or residents of a different country and to those Filipino citizens abroad on a more temporary status.Most overseas Filipinos migrate to...

s.

Canada only had a small population of Filipinos until the late 20th century. To date, there are currently around 400,000 Filipino Canadians in Canada, most of them living in urbanized areas. This number is growing yearly due to Canada's more liberal immigration laws to compensate for their low population growth. Filipino-Canadians are the third-largest Asian-Canadian group in the nation after the Indian and Chinese communities. They are also the largest Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia, South-East Asia, South East Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. The region lies on the intersection of geological plates, with heavy seismic...

n group in the country. Between the years of 2001 and 2006 the Filipino community in Canada grew from 308,575 to 410,695 or a growth of about 33%, compared to the rest of Canada which only grew by about 5%. On average, Canada received about 20,500 Filipino immigrants every year between 2001 to 2006. Assuming this annual growth, the population is expected to hit 500,000 by 2010.

History


The first Filipinos migrated to Canada in 1930. In 1950, 10 Filipinos were recorded in Manitoba. These first generation Filipino-Canadians were mainly women who worked as nurses, teachers and in the health sector. These first Filipinos came from the United States to renew their visas after they had expired in hopes of returning to the United States. Most of these women returned to the United States but some decided to stay in Canada. From 1946 to 1964, the total of Filipinos in Canada was 770. During the 1960s, Canada recruited more professionals, mostly from the United States with some coming directly from the Philippines. Most of these nurses, technicians, office workers and doctors arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the late 1960s, more Filipinos came to Winnipeg to work in the garment industry. During the 1970s, most Filipinos came directly from the Philippines to Winnipeg to work in clerical, sales and manufacturing fields. In the late 1970s, more Filipinos came to join their relatives who worked in Canada under the family reunification program. More and more Filipinos decided to settle in Ontario, particularly in Toronto, where jobs were prospering. During the 1980s, Canada saw an influx of Filipino contract workers, many who found work as live-in caregivers. Many of these contact workers, later became landed immigrants under the Live-In Caregiver Program. During the 1990s, more Filipinos came as families and independents instead of being sponsored by family or being recruited as contract workers. From 1990 onwards, there has been a steady flow of Filipinos entering Canada, with about 10 to 20 thousand coming in every year. As of December 2008, the Philippines took over China as Canada's leading source of immigrants.

Greater Toronto Area
Greater Toronto Area
The Greater Toronto Area is the largest metropolitan area in Canada, with a 2006 census population of 5.5 million. The Greater Toronto Area is usually defined as the central city of Toronto, along with four regional municipalities surrounding it: Durham, Halton, Peel, and York...


The Greater Toronto Area ("GTA") is home to the largest Filipino community in Canada with about 1 out of 2 Filipinos in Canada calling the GTA home. The Filipino community in the GTA grew from 133,680 in 2001 to 181,330 in 2006 representing a growth of 35% in 5 years. On average, the GTA receives 9,500 Filipinos immigrants every year. Filipinos living in the GTA number around 200,000 making them the fourth largest visible minority behind the Chinese, Indian and Black communities. Tagalog is the seventh most-spoken language in the city of Toronto. There are smaller Filipino populations in other municipalities such as Mississauga, Brampton
Brampton
Brampton is the third-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada.Brampton may also refer to:- Canada :* Brampton, a city in Ontario** Brampton GO Station, a station in the GO Transit network located in the city- United Kingdom :...

, Markham
Markham, Ontario
Markham is a town in the Regional Municipality of York, located within the Greater Toronto Area of Southern Ontario, Canada. The population was 261,573 at the 2006 Canadian census...

, Vaughan
Vaughan, Ontario
Vaughan is a city in York Region north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vaughan is the fastest growing municipality in Canada achieving a population growth rate of 80.2% between 1996–2006, according to Statistics Canada having nearly doubled in population since 1991. Vaughan is located in Southern...

, Pickering
Pickering, Ontario
Pickering is a city located in Southern Ontario, Canada immediately east of Toronto in Durham Region. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area, the largest metropolitan area in Canada.- Early Period :...

, Ajax
Ajax, Ontario
Ajax is a town in the Durham Region in the Greater Toronto Area.The town is named for the HMS Ajax a Royal Navy cruiser that served in World War II. Ajax is a part of the Greater Toronto Area and the...

, Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Richmond Hill is a town located in Southern Ontario, Canada in the central portion of York Region, Ontario. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area, being located about halfway between Toronto and Lake Simcoe...

 and Oakville
Oakville, Ontario
Oakville is a town in Halton Region, on Lake Ontario in Southern Ontario, Canada, and is part of the Greater Toronto Area. As of the 2006 census the population was 165,613.-History:In 1793, Dundas Street was surveyed for a military road...

.

There are many religious, town and sport associations in the Greater Toronto Area. The Filipino Centre Toronto ("FCT") provides health, educational, social and commercial services to the community. It also assists newcomers to the City of Toronto by providing immigration and settlement services. Another organization established for the community is the Philippine Independence Day Council ("PIDC") whose members represent various other associations in Ontario. PIDC organizes numerous events for the Filipino community including the annual Mabuhay Philippines! Toronto Summer Festival.

Population Distribution


Most Filipinos in the GTA are concentrated in the municipalities immediately outside of Toronto
Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A relatively modern city, Toronto's history dates back to the late-18th century, when its land was first purchased by the British monarchy from...

 or in Toronto
Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A relatively modern city, Toronto's history dates back to the late-18th century, when its land was first purchased by the British monarchy from...

 itself. Scarborough
Scarborough, Ontario
Scarborough is a dissolved municipality within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Geographically, it comprises the eastern part of Toronto. It is bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, on the west by Victoria Park Avenue, on the north by Steeles Avenue East, and on the east by the Rouge River...

, North York and East York
East York
East York can refer to:*East York, Pennsylvania, United States*East York, Ontario, Canada...

 in Toronto
Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A relatively modern city, Toronto's history dates back to the late-18th century, when its land was first purchased by the British monarchy from...

 continue to be popular settling places for Filipinos, while the municipalities of Mississauga, Brampton
Brampton
Brampton is the third-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada.Brampton may also refer to:- Canada :* Brampton, a city in Ontario** Brampton GO Station, a station in the GO Transit network located in the city- United Kingdom :...

, Markham
Markham, Ontario
Markham is a town in the Regional Municipality of York, located within the Greater Toronto Area of Southern Ontario, Canada. The population was 261,573 at the 2006 Canadian census...

, Vaughan
Vaughan, Ontario
Vaughan is a city in York Region north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vaughan is the fastest growing municipality in Canada achieving a population growth rate of 80.2% between 1996–2006, according to Statistics Canada having nearly doubled in population since 1991. Vaughan is located in Southern...

, Pickering
Pickering, Ontario
Pickering is a city located in Southern Ontario, Canada immediately east of Toronto in Durham Region. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area, the largest metropolitan area in Canada.- Early Period :...

, Ajax
Ajax, Ontario
Ajax is a town in the Durham Region in the Greater Toronto Area.The town is named for the HMS Ajax a Royal Navy cruiser that served in World War II. Ajax is a part of the Greater Toronto Area and the...

, Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Richmond Hill is a town located in Southern Ontario, Canada in the central portion of York Region, Ontario. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area, being located about halfway between Toronto and Lake Simcoe...

 and Oakville
Oakville, Ontario
Oakville is a town in Halton Region, on Lake Ontario in Southern Ontario, Canada, and is part of the Greater Toronto Area. As of the 2006 census the population was 165,613.-History:In 1793, Dundas Street was surveyed for a military road...

 are becoming increasingly popular destinations.

City of Toronto
    • Scarborough - 39,445
    • North York - 29,405
    • Toronto/East York - 18,115
    • Etobicoke/York - 20,000
  • Total - 102,535

Durham Region
Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario
The Regional Municipality of Durham, informally referred to as Durham Region, is a regional municipality located in Southern Ontario east of Toronto, Ontario. It has an area of approximately 2,500 square kilometres. Durham Region is considered part of the Greater Toronto Area, with the communities...

  • Total - 7,650

Halton Region
Regional Municipality of Halton, Ontario
The Regional Municipality of Halton, or Halton Region, is a regional municipality of Ontario, Canada located in Southern Ontario in the southwest part of the Greater Toronto Area and until 1973 was known as Halton County...

  • Total - 4,465

Peel Region
Regional Municipality of Peel, Ontario
The Regional Municipality of Peel is a regional municipality in Southern Ontario, Canada. It consists of three municipalities to the west and northwest of Toronto: the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the town of Caledon. The entire region is part of the Greater Toronto Area and the inner...

  • Total - 42,900

York Region
Regional Municipality of York, Ontario
The Regional Municipality of York, also called York Region, is a regional municipality in Southern Ontario, Canada, between Lake Simcoe and Toronto. It replaced the former York County in 1971, and is part of the Greater Toronto Area and the inner ring of the Golden Horseshoe...

  • Total - 17,140

Media


Several newspaper outlets, radio programs, and television programs in Toronto operate to serve the Filipino community, and to broadcast news and information from around the GTA and from the Philippines. These media outlets are all members of the Philippine Press Club of Ontario.

Newspapers:
  • Atin Ito
  • Balita
  • Filipiniana
  • Filipino Journalhttp://www.FilipinoJournal.com/
  • Filipino Bulletin
  • Libreto
  • Likha Newsmagazine
  • Little Manila Confidential
  • Mabuhay Canada Philippine News Gazette
  • Manila Media Monitor
  • OK Philippines!
  • One Philippines
  • Peryodiko Radikal
  • Pinoy Global News
  • Planet Philippines
  • Philippine Courier
  • Philippine Times
  • Taliba
  • Philippine Reporter
    Philippine Reporter
    The Philippine Reporter is an online and paper print media outlet based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that has been publishing since March 1989. It carries Philippine news and community news and feature stories about Filipinos in Philippines, Canada, and the U.S....

    http://www.philippinereporter.com/
  • Vis-Min Herald


Radio Programs:
  • Boses Pinas
    • Monday to Friday 10-11pm on CHHA 1610 AM
      • Monday - Boses Pinas Spectrum
      • Tuesday - THE GIFT (Religious Programming)
      • Wednesday - Trip!
      • Thursday - "Tha VOICE" (Hip Hop and RnB in the Filipino Canadian Community)
      • Friday - Halo Halo Salo Salo
  • Minerva FM
    • Sunday - 8pm - 9pm on CMR 101.3 FM
  • Pearl of the Orient
    • Saturdays 6:30-7:00 pm on CHIN 100.7 FM
  • Talakayan Radio
    • Saturdays 10-11 am on CHKT 1430 AM
  • Tinig Himig Pinoy
    • Mondays 10-11 pm on CIAO 530 AM
  • Radio Migrante
    • Tuesdays 4-5 pm on CHRY 105.5 FM
  • Tr!p 101
    • Sundays 9-10 pm on CMR 101.3 FM
  • Taglish Radio
    • Sundays 5-6 pm on CFMU 93.3 FM (Hamilton)


Television Programs:
  • Front Page Philippines
    • Sundays 11-11:30 am & Thursdays 12-12:30 pm on OMNI.2 Television
      CJMT-TV
      CJMT-DT is a Canadian television station, which broadcasts multicultural programming in Toronto, Ontario. As one of the Omni Television stations owned by Rogers Media, it uses the on-air brand OMNI.2, and is a sister station to CFMT ....

  • NEGO Show
    • Mondays 7 pm on Filipino TV
  • Overboost
    • Tuesdays 7 pm on Filipino TV
  • R.I.O.T.
    • Wednesdays 7 pm on Filipino TV
  • Pinoy Hype Television
    • Thursdays 7 pm on Filipino TV
  • Minerva Records TV
    • Fridays 7 pm on Filipino TV
  • Malaya TV
    • Saturday 12 noon till 2 pm on Filipino TV


Many Filipinos in Toronto
Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A relatively modern city, Toronto's history dates back to the late-18th century, when its land was first purchased by the British monarchy from...

 also subscribe to TFC (The Filipino Channel
The Filipino Channel
The Filipino Channel is an international television station owned by the Philippine-based multimedia conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation. The network is currently available in Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and the United States. It has over two million subscribers in these...

), GMA Pinoy TV
GMA Pinoy TV
GMA Pinoy TV, incorporated in February 2004 by GMA Network and its subsidiaries GMA International & GMA Worldwide and launched in 2005 primarily in Japan and USA, is a 24-hour international Filipino television station. The channel is targeted towards Overseas Filipino and their families in the...

 (through Bell & Rogers) and/or Filipino TV (through Rogers & Telus).

Metro Vancouver


Vancouver is home to the second largest Filipino community in Canada with nearly 94,000 Filipinos residing there. Filipinos in Vancouver make up the third largest Asian Canadian and visible minority group behind the Chinese and East Indians. Most of British Columbia's 94,000 Filipinos reside in the Greater Vancouver Area where the jobs are concentrated. About 1 out of 5 Filipinos in Canada call Metro Vancouver home. They contribute to the city's economy greatly like many of the Asian-Canadians. Vancouver is also home to the only branches of Goldilocks Bakeshop
Goldilocks Bakeshop
Goldilocks Bakeshop is a bakeshop industry in the Philippines which produces and distribute Philippine cakes and pastry. The chain was named after Goldilocks, a character from the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears....

 in Canada with 2 as of 2008. It is the only city in the country served by Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines, Inc. operating as Philippine Airlines, is a flag carrier of the Philippines. Headquartered in the Philippine National Bank Financial Center in Pasay City, the airline was founded in 1941 and is the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name...

.

Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada, and is the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Capital Region, with more than half of Manitoba's population. It is located near the longitudinal centre of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers .The name...


Winnipeg is home to nearly 37,000 Filipinos making them the third largest Filipino community in Canada. The Filipino community in Winnipeg is the largest visible minority group in Winnipeg ahead of the Chinese-Canadians and Indo-Canadians (but excluding aboriginal Canadians, who are not counted as a "visible minority" by Statistics Canada). Winnipeg is home to the oldest Filipino community in Canada with Filipino immigration to Winnipeg beginning before 1950. Winnipeg was home to the largest Filipino community before the 1980s. About 1 out of 10 Filipinos in Canada call Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada, and is the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Capital Region, with more than half of Manitoba's population. It is located near the longitudinal centre of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers .The name...

 home. There is also Filipino community centre called The Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM) providing social and service to the Filipino community and also holds events such as Folklorama
Folklorama
Folklorama is an event that runs for two weeks each August in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Folklorama is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in the world...

. There are a lot of Filipino politicians that live in Winnipeg. There are also Filipino newspapers such as The Pilipino Express News Magazine, The Filipino Journal, Ang Peryodiko and others. There is also a radio station, CKJS, which broadcasts Filipino related news, music, lifestyle and much more.

Greater Calgary


Calgary is home to over 25,000 Filipinos making them the fourth largest Filipino community in Canada. Filipinos started coming in droves in Calgary in the early '80s and '90s. They mostly came as professionals and employees of the service industry. Many of them have also established their own family businesses and are contributing greatly to the city's vibrant economy.

Greater Montreal


The fifth largest Filipino community in Canada, Montreal is home to nearly 25,000 Filipinos. Filipinos in Montreal are concentrated in the Cote-des-Neiges
Côte-des-Neiges
Côte-des-Neiges is a working class neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, situated at the geographic center of the Island of Montreal on the western slope of Mount Royal. The neighbourhood is part of the borough Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce...

 area and around Decarie Expressway
Quebec Autoroute 15
Autoroute 15 is a highway in western Quebec, Canada...

, both areas have many Filipino establishments and professional offices. The Filipino Association of Montreal and Suburbs
Filipino Association of Montreal and Suburbs
The Filipino Association of Montreal and Suburbs is an expatriate advocacy group for Filipino Canadians active in and around the city of Montreal, Canada. It is the oldest such association in Quebec.-References:*...

 FAMAS is an advocacy group for Filipino Canadians active in and around the city of Montreal
Montreal
Montreal is a city in Canada. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America...

, Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

. It is the oldest such association in Quebec
Quebec
Quebec or is a province in east-central Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level....

.

Edmonton Capital Region
Edmonton Capital Region
The Edmonton Capital Region , also commonly referred to as the Alberta Capital Region, Greater Edmonton or Metro Edmonton, is a conglomeration of municipalities centred around Edmonton – Alberta's provincial capital....


According to the 2006 National Census, 21,150 Filipinos live and work in the Edmonton Capital Region
Edmonton Capital Region
The Edmonton Capital Region , also commonly referred to as the Alberta Capital Region, Greater Edmonton or Metro Edmonton, is a conglomeration of municipalities centred around Edmonton – Alberta's provincial capital....

. Various Filipino associations celebrate the culture and take part in large metropolitan
Metropolitan area
The term metropolitan area refers to a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industry, infrastructure, and housing. A metropolitan area usually encompasses multiple jurisdictions and municipalities: neighborhoods, townships,...

 events such as the Edmonton Heritage Festival. In 2002, the Filipino community presented its home nation as the "Featured Country" during Capital Ex (formerly Klondike Days). Edmonton
Edmonton
Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta and is the province's second-largest city. Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by the central region of the province.The city and its census...

 is also the home of the Philippine Cultural Society, the Philippine Choral Society, and the Karilagan Dance Society.

Radio station CKER-FM
CKER-FM
CKER-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 101.7 FM in Edmonton, Alberta. The station airs a multilingual programming format branded as 101.7 World FM and is owned by Rogers Media.-History:...

 also broadcasts community programming to Filipinos in Edmonton.

National Capital Region
National Capital Region (Canada)
The National Capital Region, also referred to as Canada's Capital Region, is an official federal designation for the Canadian capital of Ottawa, Ontario, the neighbouring city of Gatineau, Quebec, and surrounding urban and rural communities....


The National Capital Region made up of the cities of Ottawa
Ottawa
Ottawa is the capital of Canada, the second largest city in the Province of Ontario, and the fourth largest city in the country. The city is located on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario...

, Ontario
Ontario
Ontario is a province of Canada, located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province and second largest in total area. It is home to the nation's most populous city, Toronto, and the nation's capital, Ottawa....

 and Gatineau
Gatineau
Gatineau is a city in western Quebec, Canada. It is the fourth largest city in the province. It is located on the northern banks of the Ottawa River, immediately across from Ottawa, Ontario, and together they form Canada's National Capital Region. Ottawa and Gatineau comprise a single Census...

, Quebec
Quebec
Quebec or is a province in east-central Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level....

 is home to the sixth largest Filipino community in Canada with nearly 10,000 Filipinos residing in Canada's capital. Ottawa is also the home of the Philippine Embassy and ambassador to Canada.

Southwestern Ontario
Southwestern Ontario
Southwestern Ontario is a subregion of Southern Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario, centred on the city of London. It extends north to south from the Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron to the Lake Erie shoreline, and east to south-west roughly from Guelph to Windsor. The region had a population...


Southwestern Ontario is home to almost 10,000 Filipinos. Most of them live in the cities of Cambridge
Cambridge, Ontario
Cambridge is a city located in Southern Ontario at the confluence of the Grand and Speed rivers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It is an amalgamation of the City of Galt, the towns of Preston and Hespeler, and the hamlet of Blair.Galt covers the largest portion of...

, Guelph
Guelph
Guelph is a city in Ontario, Canada.Guelph may also refer to:* Guelph , consisting of the City of Guelph, Ontario* Guelph , as the above* University of Guelph, in the same city...

, Kitchener
Kitchener, Ontario
The City of Kitchener is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada. It was the Town of Berlin from 1854 until 1912 and the City of Berlin from 1912 until 1916. The city had a population of 204,668 in the Canada 2006 Census...

, London
London, Ontario
London is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, situated along the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor. The city has a population of 352,395, and the metropolitan area has a population of 457,720, according to the 2006 Canadian census; the metro population in 2009 was estimated at 489,274. The city...

 and Windsor
Windsor, Ontario
Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada and is located in Southwestern Ontario at the western end of the heavily populated Quebec City – Windsor Corridor. It is within Essex County, Ontario, although administratively separated from the county government. Separated by the Detroit River, Windsor...

. Southwestern Ontario is home to a successful and thriving Filipino community.

Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Conceived by George Hamilton when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the War of 1812, Hamilton has become the centre of a densely populated and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe...


The city of Hamilton situated on the western shore of Lake Ontario is home to over 5,000 Filipinos. Hamilton is home to the first Filipino community centre and school in Canada both opening in the early 80s and late 70s, respectively.

Niagara Region


The Niagara region on the south shore of Lake Ontario is home to nearly 3,000 Filipinos. They form a tight knit community concentrated in the cities of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Falls is a Canadian city on the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario. The municipality was incorporated on June 12, 1903...

. Niagara-on-the-lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a Canadian town located in Southern Ontario where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region of the southern part of the province of Ontario. It is located across the Niagara river from Youngstown, New York, USA...

 is home to a very successful community and the only town to have had a Filipino mayor in Canada, Arturo Viola.

Northern Canada
Northern Canada
Northern Canada, colloquially the North, is the vast northernmost region of Canada variously defined by geography and politics. Politically, the term refers to the three territories of Canada: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut...


The northern territories of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have a Filipino community of about 975, despite an extremely cold climate. The Filipino community has grown steadily from 735 in 2001. Filipinos in the Northwest Territories make the largest visible minority group there with a population of 690. Filipinos in the Yukon Territory are the second-largest minority group to the Chinese with a community of 210 living there. Nunavut has a growing Filipino population of 75. The territories received about 50 Filipinos on average a year from 2001 to 2006.

Population Demographics


Most Filipinos who immigrate to Canada settle in the large urban areas where there are more jobs and a vibrant community life. These areas include: Metro Vancouver, Greater Calgary, Edmonton Capital Region
Edmonton Capital Region
The Edmonton Capital Region , also commonly referred to as the Alberta Capital Region, Greater Edmonton or Metro Edmonton, is a conglomeration of municipalities centred around Edmonton – Alberta's provincial capital....

, City of Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada, and is the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Capital Region, with more than half of Manitoba's population. It is located near the longitudinal centre of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers .The name...

, the Greater Toronto Area
Greater Toronto Area
The Greater Toronto Area is the largest metropolitan area in Canada, with a 2006 census population of 5.5 million. The Greater Toronto Area is usually defined as the central city of Toronto, along with four regional municipalities surrounding it: Durham, Halton, Peel, and York...

 and Greater Montreal.

By City

  • Toronto - 102,555
  • Winnipeg - 36,820
  • Mississauga (Toronto CMA) - 30,705
  • Vancouver - 28,605
  • Calgary - 24,915
  • Edmonton - 18,245
  • Montreal - 17,100
  • Surrey (Vancouver CMA) - 16,555
  • Brampton (Toronto CMA) - 11,980
  • Markham (Toronto CMA) - 7,370
  • Ottawa - 7,115
  • Vaughan (Toronto CMA) - 5,360
  • Hamilton - 4,040
  • Windsor - 2,630
  • London - 1,790


By Census Metropolitan Area
  • Toronto CMA - 171,980
  • Vancouver CMA - 78,890
  • Winnipeg CMA - 36,935
  • Calgary CMA - 25,565
  • Montreal CMA - 23,510
  • Edmonton CMA - 19,625
  • Ottawa - Gatineau CMA - 7,330
  • Hamilton CMA - 4,880
  • Windsor CMA - 3,145
  • Victoria CMA - 2,760
  • Oshawa CMA - 2,155
  • St. Catharines - Niagara CMA - 2,130
  • London CMA - 1,990
  • Guelph CMA - 1,965
  • Saskatoon CMA - 1,915
  • Kitchener CMA - 1,850
  • Regina CMA - 1,230

By Province/Territory
  • Ontario - 203,220
  • British Columbia - 88,975
  • Alberta - 51,090
  • Manitoba - 37,785
  • Quebec - 24,200
  • Saskatchewan - 3,770
  • Nova Scotia - 700
  • Northwest Territories - 690
  • New Brunswick - 530
  • Newfoundland and Labrador - 305
  • Yukon Territory - 210
  • Nunavut - 80
  • Prince Edward Island - 30

The majority of Filipino-Canadians are women who make up about 65% of the population.

Community Events


Major Community Events in Canada
Date Name Region
June Pinoy Fiesta sa Toronto Toronto, ON
June Pistahan sa Toronto Toronto, ON
June Philippine Festival Vancouver, BC
June Philippine Heritage Celebration Winnipeg, MB
June Kalayaan Picnic Mississauga, ON
June 12 Philippine Independence Day Nationwide, Canada
July Mabuhay Philippines! Toronto Summer Festival Toronto, ON
July Pista sa Nayon Montreal, PQ
July PCUAA Summmerfest Toronto, ON
July Pateros Town Fiesta Edmonton, AB, Toronto, ON, Vancouver, BC and Winnipeg, MB
August - every 3rd weekend Filipinos Making Waves Toronto, ON
August Filipino Day at Wonderland Vaughan, ON
August Philippine Summer Festival Vancouver, BC
August Kultura Filipino Arts Festival Toronto, ON
August Filipino CommUNITY Family Fun Day Fredericton, NB
September Filipiniana Festival Winnipeg, MB
December 16 to 24 Simbang Gabi Christmas Dawn Masses Nationwide, Canada
December 25 Pasko Christmas Feast Nationwide, Canada
December 30 Jose Rizal Day Nationwide, Canada




Notable Filipino Canadians


This is a list of people notable for being Filipino Canadian. Names on this list should either have an accompanying existing article link which verifies they define themselves as Filipino Canadian, or reliable sources as footnotes against the name to verify they are notable and define themselves as Filipino Canadian.

Politicians

  • Cris Aglugub
    Cris Aglugub
    Cris Aglugub is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1999 to 2007.Aglugub was educated at Araneta University Foundation in the Philippines, and at Red River Community College in Manitoba...

     - Manitoba former NDP MLA, the Maples 1999
  • Flor Marcelino
    Flor Marcelino
    Flor Marcelino is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. She was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2007 provincial election, for the electoral division of Wellington. In the 2011 provincial election, she was re-elected to a second term in office in the new electoral district of Logan...

     - first Filipino woman elected MLA in Manitoba
  • Mike Pagtakhan
    Mike Pagtakhan
    Michael "Mike" Pagtakhan is a city councillor in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was elected to the Point Douglas ward in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010...

     - Winnipeg City Councillor, Point-Douglas Ward (2002–present)
  • Rey Pagtakhan
    Rey Pagtakhan
    Rey D. Pagtakhan, PC is a Canadian physician, professor and politician. He was a cabinet minister in the governments of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin, and served as a member of parliament from 1988 until his defeat in the 2004 election....

     - First Filipino-Canadian Member of Parliament (1988–2004), First Filipino-Canadian Cabinet Minister (2001–2004)
  • Conrad Santos
    Conrad Santos
    Conrad Santos is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1981 to 1988, and again from 1990 to 2007....

     - First Filipino Canadian elected in Canada in 1981 (to the Manitoba Legislature
    Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
    The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and the lieutenant governor form the Legislature of Manitoba, the legislature of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Fifty-seven members are elected to this assembly in provincial general elections, all in single-member constituencies with first-past-the-post...

    ), and First Filipino Canadian to run for the leadership of A political party (Manitoba NDP, 1989)
  • Tobias C. Enverga Jr. - First Filipino Canadian elected in the City of Toronto in 2010(to the Toronto Catholic District School Board as Trustee), and First Visible Minority elected in the Toronto Catholic District School Board

Entertainers

  • Mikey Bustos
    Mikey Bustos
    Mikey Bustos is a Filipino Canadian singer who appeared on the reality television show Canadian Idol. He was known for his signature blue contact lenses.-Early life:Bustos is from the Weston neighbourhood of Toronto...

     - Canadian Idol
    Canadian Idol
    Canadian Idol is a Canadian reality television competition show which aired on CTV, based on the British show Pop Idol. The show was a competition to find the most talented young singer in Canada, and was hosted by Ben Mulroney. Jon Dore was the "roving reporter" for the first three seasons...

     finalist; singer from Toronto
  • Ma-Anne Dionisio
    Ma-Anne Dionisio
    Ma-Anne Dionisio in is a Manila-born, Winnipeg-reared Canadian singer.Dionisio is the middle child of five sisters; her parents, both accountants, moved the family to Canada in 1989. She had begun singing at age 13 in the Philippines and won a nation-wide talent show there. After the relocation to...

     - theatre actress; roles include Kim (Miss Saigon) and Eponine (Les Misérables)
  • Lexa Doig
    Lexa Doig
    Alexandra L. "Lexa" Doig is a Canadian actress. She portrayed the role of Rommie in the science fiction TV series Andromeda, and had a recurring character on Stargate SG-1.-Career:...

     - actress on Stargate SG-1 and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda
  • Elise Estrada
    Elise Estrada
    - 1987–2006: Early life and career beginnings :Elise Estrada was born in Philippines and moved to Canada when she was 4. While growing up in Vancouver, Estrada had participated in many pageant and singing competitions. At age 17, Estrada won the title of "Miss Vancouver Princess" and later became...

     - singer; recording artist; Pinoy Pop Superstar
    Pinoy Pop Superstar
    Pinoy Pop Superstar was a Philippine television show featuring a year-long talent search for the best Filipino amateur singers. It was broadcast every Saturday evening on GMA. The format is loosely patterned on the original Tawag ng Tanghalan....

     finalist
  • Emm Gryner
    Emm Gryner
    Emm Gryner is a Canadian singer-songwriter and occasional actress.-Biography:Gryner's childhood was spent in Forest, Lambton County, Ontario. Her father was of half Irish heritage and her mother was Filipina....

     - Toronto-based singer/songwriter of mixed Filipino ancestry. Multiple Juno Awards nominee.
  • Carlo Gimenez - British Columbia-based guitarist of the American indie rock, acoustic band Meg & Dia
  • Ron Josol
    Ron Josol
    Ronald Allan Josol is a professional Canadian stand-up comedian of Filipino descent who performs around the globe. He is the first Filipino Canadian Comedian in Canada, and is also an actor. His style is a mix between his experience as an Asian in the North American entertainment industry and...

     - stand-up comedian from Toronto
  • Elena Juatco - Canadian Idol
    Canadian Idol
    Canadian Idol is a Canadian reality television competition show which aired on CTV, based on the British show Pop Idol. The show was a competition to find the most talented young singer in Canada, and was hosted by Ben Mulroney. Jon Dore was the "roving reporter" for the first three seasons...

     finalist; roving reporter Canadian Idol (Season 4)
    Canadian Idol (Season 4)
    The fourth season of Canadian Idol began in February 2006 ran until September 2006. Zack Werner, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, and Farley Flex returned to judge, and Ben Mulroney returned to host, with Elena Juatco as the new roving reporter. The season premiered on May 29, five days after the finale of...

  • Mig Macario
    Mig Macario
    Mig Macario is a Filipino-Canadian actor. He played the role of George Amahit in the comedy series TV series Less Than Kind and has a recurring character, Mr. Spezza, on The Troop.-Biography:...

     - actor; Filmmaker; Actor on Less Than Kind
    Less Than Kind
    Less Than Kind is a Canadian television comedy-drama series that stars Jesse Camacho as Sheldon Blecher, a teenager growing up in a loving but dysfunctional Jewish family in Winnipeg. The show's cast also includes Maury Chaykin and Wendel Meldrum as Sheldon's parents, Benjamin Arthur as his older...

    , The Troop
    The Troop
    The Troop is an American-Canadian live-action, single camera comedy-adventure television series about a trio of teenagers who fight and capture monsters and other supernatural phenomena that invade the fictional town of Lakewood...

    , Santa Baby 2, FRINGE
    Fringe
    Fringe may refer to* Fringe , that part of the hair overhanging the forehead, also known as bangs in American English* Fringe , an ornamental appendage to the border of an item* Fringe , a U.S...

  • Shay Mitchell
    Shay Mitchell
    Shannon Ashley "Shay" Mitchell is a Canadian actress and model. She stars in the ABC Family original series, Pretty Little Liars as Emily Fields.-Early life:...

     - actress on Pretty Little Liars
  • Ariel Rivera
    Ariel Rivera
    Jose Ariel Jimenez Rivera was born on September 1, 1966 in Manila, Philippines but has since migrated with his family to Canada. Rivera was an architect in Canada before his singing talent was accidentally discovered while vacationing in the Philippines. He has since become a successful...

     - singer-songwriter, multi-platinum recording artist, actor
  • Judy Ann Santos
    Judy Ann Santos
    Judy Anne Lumagui Santos-Agoncillo , popularly known as Judy Ann Santos or Juday/Judai, is Philippines film and television actress, product endorser, recording artist, and film producer....

     - actress
  • Tisha Silang
    Tisha Silang
    Olivia Tisha deCarlos Silang or simply known as Tisha Silang is a beauty queen turned TV host turned businesswoman who joined in the 3rd season of The Amazing Race Asia where she and her teammate, Geoff Rodriguez took the 2nd place....

     - former Bb. Pilipinas-Universe; beauty queen; TV host; entrepreneur
  • Cassie Steele
    Cassie Steele
    Cassandra Rae "Cassie" Steele is a Canadian actress and singer-songwriter best known for portraying Manny Santos on Degrassi: The Next Generation.-Life and career:...

     - actress on Degrassi: The Next Generation
    Degrassi: The Next Generation
    Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi universe, which was created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979. Degrassi is the fourth fictional series in the Degrassi franchise, and follows The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, and...

  • Maylee Todd
    Maylee Todd
    Maylee Todd is a Canadian independent musician based in Toronto, Ontario. She released her first solo album, Choose Your Own Adventure, on the Do Right Music label in June, 2010. Todd’s band, Pegwee Power, includes Andrew Scott Eric Woolston and Chris Kettlewell...

     - indie pop singer
  • Maria Aragon
    Maria Aragon
    Maria Lourdes Aragon is a singer from Manitoba, Canada, of Filipino descent. Aragon gained fame after a YouTube video of her performing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" went viral.-As a YouTube sensation:...

     - singer; known for performing a cover of "Born This Way
    Born This Way (song)
    "Born This Way" is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga, from her second studio album, Born This Way. Written and produced by Gaga, Fernando Garibay, Jeppe Laursen and DJ White Shadow, "Born This Way" was developed while Gaga was on the road with The Monster Ball Tour...

    " by Lady Gaga
    Lady GaGa
    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta , better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. Born and raised in New York City, she primarily studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to...


Writers

  • C. E. Gatchalian
    C. E. Gatchalian
    C. E. Gatchalian is a Canadian playwright.Born in Vancouver, British Columbia to Filipino parents, Gatchalian holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Theatre from the University of British Columbia. His play Motifs & Repetitions aired on Bravo! in 1997 and on the Knowledge in 1998. He was a finalist...

     - playwright, poet, fictionist
  • J. Torres
    J. Torres
    Joseph Torres, better known as J. Torres, is an award-winning Filipino-born Canadian comic book writer. He is perhaps best known for his run on DC Comics' Teen Titans Go!. He has also done some writing for animation and television.-History:...

     - Award winning Filipino-born Canadian comic book writer.

Sports

  • Alex Pagulayan
    Alex Pagulayan
    Alejandro Salvador Pagulayan, is a Filipino Canadian professional pool and snooker player. His nicknames are "the Lion" and "the Killer Pixie". He was born in Cabagan, Isabela, Philippines and was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada...

     - 2004 World Pool Champion
  • Jonathan de Guzmán
    Jonathan de Guzmán
    Jonathan Alexander de Guzmán is a Canadian-born footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder and is currently playing for Villarreal CF....

     - midfielder for Feyenoord Rotterdam
  • Julian de Guzmán
    Julian de Guzmán
    Julian de Guzman is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.Previously, he played for Deportivo de La Coruña, and was the first Canadian to play in the Spanish La Liga...

     - professional soccer player
  • Crispin Duenas
    Crispin Duenas
    Crispin Duenas is a Canadian recurve archer who represented Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing....

     - Olympic archer
  • Rey Fortaleza
    Rey Fortaleza
    Reynaldo "Rey" Fortaleza is a former Olympic boxer who represented the Philippines in the 1976 Montreal Olympicsbefore immigrating permanently to Canada in 1990 where he became a community leader and media pioneer.-Early life:...

     - Olympic boxer

Artists

  • Francis Manapul
    Francis Manapul
    -Career:Manapul is known for his work on Witchblade and The Necromancer for Top Cow, working on the former for three years, off and on, returning for the tenth anniversary issue in 2005.He provided covers for various titles, most notably for some G.I...

     - comic book artist
    Comic Book Artist
    Comic Book Artist was an American magazine founded by Jon B. Cooke devoted to anecdotal histories of American comic books, with emphasis on comics published since the 1960s...

    , who worked for Top Cow and currently for DC Comics
    DC Comics
    DC Comics, Inc. is one of the largest and most successful companies operating in the market for American comic books and related media. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment a company of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which itself is owned by Time Warner...

  • Cheryl Torrenueva
    Cheryl Torrenueva
    Cheryl Torrenueva is a Canadian interior designer, best known as a personality on television shows produced by HGTV Canada.A graduate of Ryerson University, Torrenueva started in television as a contestant on Designer Superstar Challenge...

     - interior designer, seen on HGTV shows such as Rooms that Rock, Restaurant Makeover
    Restaurant Makeover
    Restaurant Makeover is a closed television series which airs as reruns on the Food Network Canada and HGTV Canada, as well as the Fine Living channel and Food Network in the United States, TVtropolis and in over 16 other countries worldwide. The pilot episode starred designer Robin De Groot and...

    and Colin and Justin's Home Heist.

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