Philippines is Top Source Country for New Residents in Canada

by Ray Clancy on May 13, 2015

More than 40,000 people from the Philippines moved to live permanently in Canada in 2014, up 30% from 2013, making the Philippines Canada’s top source country for permanent residents, new figures show.

Canada also issued nearly 47,000 visitor visas to Filipinos in 2014, a 56% increase since 2006 and they now make up a large part of overall immigration.

CANADAcitizenshipImmigration Minister Chris Alexander said that immigration is a key element of Canadian culture and since 2010 there has been an average of more than 260,000 permanent residents each year.

Over 700,000 Canadian residents can trace their ancestry back to the Philippines, and a growing number of Filipino citizens visit family and friends in Canada, study at Canadian colleges and universities, or immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

‘Canada benefited from robust immigration from the Philippines in 2014. Students and permanent residents from around the world as well as visitors continue to strengthen Canada’s economy and communities,’ said Alexander.

Meanwhile Canada wants to increase the number of French moving to the country and Alexander has met with stakeholders and community leaders in Winnipeg to discuss how the government can increase Francophone immigration to Canada.

Alexander confirmed that he will launch consultations in the upcoming months that will aim to increase the number of Francophone immigrants settling in Francophone communities outside Quebec and strengthen the vitality and vibrancy of these communities.

Alongside, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will work with provinces and territories, Francophone communities and employers to ensure the successful integration of Francophone immigrants who choose to make Canada their home. There were 3,685 Francophone minority immigrants in 2012, up 4% from 2011.

CIC is investing $29.4 million to support immigration to Official Language Minority Communities and the government of Canada funds 13 Francophone Immigration Networks across the country, except in Quebec and Nunavut. These networks gather key stakeholders in order to foster collaboration to increase Francophone immigration in their communities.

‘Our government is proud to promote Francophone immigration to Canada, which will help to ensure our communities remain vibrant and prosperous. We will continue to work with our partners to attract Francophone immigrants with the skills our labour market and economy needs,’ added Alexander.

 

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