China and India have been Canada’s largest source of immigrants for years, but the trends are changing. Earlier this year, the Philippines surpassed China and India, becoming Canada’s number one source of immigrants.
The increase in the number of Filipinos immigrating to Canada may be explained by Canada’s immigration programs that are aimed at the caring industries. Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program brings workers to Canada to care for children and the elderly. Over 90% of Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program consists of immigrants from the Philippines. As Canada’s elderly population continues to rise, even more Live-in Caregivers are needed.
Filipino immigrants have been more successful at integrating into Canadian society than most other immigrants. Having been educated in English, many Filipinos find work in Canada fairly quickly and employment rates for Filipinos are above the national average.
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