Filipinos make up the third largest Asian-Canadian group in the country, as of the 2016 Canadian Consensus.
Phebe Ferrer, a recent M.A. graduate of UBC and a researcher for Asia-Canada trade relations, says the Philippines is quite well known for being a country of emigration – meaning people are always constantly leaving the country.
The push for Philippine immigration goes back to the 1970’s when former president, Ferdinand Marcos, systemized emigration of Filipinos to countries in the Middle East and to the west.
With the Philippine government intentionally pushing out labour work forces, there was an influx of Filipino contract workers in Canada.