Suppose you are considering immigrating to Canada from the Philippines. How’s life in Canada? How easy is it to integrate? How did the other Filipinos find success in the country? Here are some tips to help you make your decision.
Canada is proud to be one of the most diverse and multicultural countries in the world. And with its natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities, and international cuisine, the Philippines has made Canada a top destination to visit, study, work and immigrate. But it’s never easy to start a new life in a new country. It is a significant decision that comes with its own set of pros and cons.
Here are some of the many reasons why more and more Filipinos have chosen to immigrate to Canada.
A large and growing Filipino population
According to the 2011-2016 census, the Filipino population grew by 26%. The number of Filipino immigrants was the highest, totaling 15.6% of all immigrants. Filipinos are the third-largest Asian-Canadians.
Many social services
In 2015, 37-year-old IT professional Jaramillo brought his family from the Philippines to Canada. Upon his arrival, he quickly took advantage of the vast network of government services available to him. He got a social insurance number, a driver’s license, a health insurance card and learned how to enroll his daughter in school—all in one place. “I don’t think other countries have that,” he said. “Canada is providing funding to these institutions to help new immigrants like me.”
Public education is free in Canada for children aged 5 to 17. Libraries, schools, as well as teachers have incredibly high standards. Class sizes are small, so there are enough desks and books for everybody. This would make his daughter’s schooling affordable compare to the Philippines.
Providing Equal Opportunities for Everyone
The unemployment rate fell to 5.8% in July 2018 due to thousands of new jobs. Those positions are open to anyone: age, race, and/gender/religion are all protected under the law. While no law entirely prevents discrimination, most employers assume their employees are motivated and ready to work hard. The more diverse a population, the more tolerance newcomers, have for others.
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