A motion declaring the month of June as Filipino Heritage Month across Canada is expected to be taken up in the House of Commons today according to MP Kevin Lamoureux.
Speaking on CKJS Radio this morning, Kevin said “Canada’s Filipino community contributes to every aspect of our society, whether it is our culture or our economy.”
June is a busy month for Filipino communities in Canada and across the world. Philippine Independence Day celebrations are held on or around June 12 each year.
The motion seeks to have the government “recognize the contributions that Filipino-Canadians have made to Canadian society, the richness of the Filipino language and culture, and the importance of reflecting upon Filipino heritage for future generations by declaring June, every year, Filipino Heritage Month”.
According to the 2016 Census, Filipinos in Canada now number 837,130. They represent 2.3 percent of the Canadian population.
The Census also established that immigrants from the Philippines comprised the biggest group of new arrivals who came to Canada from 2011 to 2016.
According to Statistics Canada, a total of 1.2 million new arrivals entered Canada within that five-year period, with Filipinos representing the biggest fraction of 15.6 percent.
All in all, some 188,805 immigrants from the Philippines arrived in Canada from 2011 to 2016.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Josel Catindoy /Manitoba Filipino Street Festival)