Take the Leap: Immigrate to Canada From the Philippines

March 31, 2021


  • Nicky Van Zyl

Filipinos are hardworking, friendly, and innovative people. For these reasons and many more, Canada has accepted thousands of immigrants from the Philippines to permanently settle in one of its 13 large provinces and territories. Today, just over 500, 000 Filipinos, from cities such as Manila, Makati, and Pasay happily live in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.   But, it doesn’t end there. Canada aims to invite 1-million newcomers by 2022 through more than 100 different economic immigration programs! Can you secure a spot in Canada, for you and your loved ones? Read more to discover how you can immigrate to Canada from the Philippines. 

Immigrating to Canada From the Philippines

Canadian Landscape Choosing to immigrate to Canada from the Philippines means you can look forward to a higher quality life in a safe and welcoming environment. Canada has a high naturalization rate which means that 98% of the people who immigrate to Canada are satisfied with their choice and new life in the Great North. Here are a few reasons why: 

Safety and Security

Canada is rated as the 6th safest place to live in the world, surpassed only by much smaller countries like Iceland, New-Zealand, and Portugal. Canada has a low crime rate and also has laws in place to guarantee equality, such as legal same-sex marriage and same-sex adoptions, religious freedom, and equal pay for men and women. In a 2018 Gallup survey, 84% of Canadians said that they felt safe in their country. 

Job Opportunities

It may come as a surprise given the sheer size of the country but Canada has labor shortages in many industries. The country also has a large aging population. That means people are retiring quicker than jobs are being replaced by younger workers. Each province in Canada has created lists of in-demand occupations that they need to fill by means of immigration. If your occupation features on one of the lists you could receive a provincial nomination which will boost your chances of immigration success!

Free Healthcare & Education

Filipino family in Canada Good healthcare and education play an important part in our quality of life but it does not come cheap. Luckily, Canada’s public healthcare system is free of charge. You can go to a premium public clinic or hospital in Canada headed by world-class doctors and healthcare staff for anything that’s medically necessary without paying a loonie. Your children can also attend primary and secondary school and obtain quality education for free.  With high minimum wages of $12 per hour and affordable living costs, you’ll have more money to spend on family outings, holidays, and fun activities in Canada -  and there are plenty!

 How to Immigrate to Canada From the Philippines?

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1. Discover Your Eligibility

Canada may be the country with the most immigration options - over 100! That means there are potentially 100 different ways how you can immigrate to Canada. Each immigration program has its own unique set of requirements, application methods, and processing time. The first step in your journey to Canada is discovering which program you qualify for. You can discover your eligibility by completing our online assessment today.  Our team of certified visa professionals at Multidimensional Consulting will provide you with a detailed visa application plan.

2. Popular Immigration Pathways

Immigration for skilled Filipino workers

The Express Entry immigration system is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada from the Philippines if you are a skilled worker in one of the occupation types listed in the table below.
Express Entry Eligible Workers
Occupation Type Example Job Title
Managers Marketing Manager, Restaurant Manager, Financial Manager
Professionals Nurse, Teacher, Architect
Trade Workers Electrician, Chef, Plumber
Technical Workers Graphic Designer, Administrative Officer, Hairstylist

Express Entry is a quick and efficient online immigration portal that works on a points-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System. Candidates are ranked according to eligibility criteria such as: 
  • Age
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Job Offer
  • Provincial Nomination Achieved
  • Spouse’s Credentials
  • Language Skills
Filipino deck Officer on bridge of vessel or ship wearing coverall during navigaton watch at sea . He is using laptop, electronic paperwork at sea, concept of reporting The highest-scoring candidates receive Invitations to Apply (ITA) during routine draw-rounds. Once you receive an ITA, you can formally apply to immigrate to Canada in 6 months or less! The best thing about Express Entry immigration is that you don’t need a degree or a job offer to qualify but it can increase your ranking in the pool!  

 Immigration for Filipino workers in agriculture

The Philippines is known as an agricultural country specializing in farming, fisheries, livestock, and forestry. This just so happens to be exactly the type of workers Canada needs for its own agriculture industry that is experiencing a shortage of agri-workers. Canada introduced the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot earlier this year for eligible workers to find work in Canada and earn permanent residency. 

Filipino students in Canada can earn permanent residency

Study in Canada from the Phillipines Studying in Canada opens the doors to many unique options and is sometimes the easiest way to immigrate to Canada. Once you have graduated from a designated post-secondary institution in Canada, you can apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit to apply for jobs, and work for anyone and anywhere in Canada. How great is that? Having both Canadian work experience and a Canadian qualification makes it easier to become a permanent resident. 

3. Collect Supporting Documents

There are a few important documents you’ll need to collect in order to immigrate to Canada from the Philippines. The list of documents may vary depending on the immigration program you qualify for. One of the most common documents to get before you can immigrate to Canada is your English or French language test results. The higher your score, the more points you earn on your visa application.  The next document you may need to obtain is an educational assessment to show that your qualification (degree, diploma, certificate) is equal to the Canadian standard. Lastly, if you need to secure a job in Canada before you can apply for your visa program, you’ll need an official job offer letter from your employer and your employer may need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) document to show that they are following legal procedures to hire you from overseas. 

Ready to Immigrate? We Can Help You

Immigrate to Canada From the Philippines Multi-Dimension Consulting (MDC) is a professional immigration and visa agency situated in Vancouver, Canada. We take care of the entire immigration process on our client’s behalf. We are headed by a team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) who are authorized by the Canadian Government to assist people from across the world to apply for their visas to work, study, visit or immigrate to Canada.  We take care of the fine print while you choose your dream destination in Canada for you and your loved ones. All you have to do is complete our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. It’s just that simple.