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Canada-Philippines Relations

Diplomatic relations and official representation

In the Philippines, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Manila. Canada also has a consulate in Cebu.

The Philippines is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. The Philippines also has two consulates-general in Toronto and Vancouver and honourary consular offices in Calgary Edmonton Winnipeg,  St. John's, Halifax and Charlottetown.

Bilateral relations

Canada’s bilateral relations with the Philippines are strong and friendly, and marked by close cooperation in a variety of areas. The Embassy of Canada in Manila works with the Government of the Philippines, members of civil society, and international organizations to promote democratic development, good governance, rule of law, peace, and the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. Canada supports outstanding work in the field of human rights, rule of law and democracy through the McLuhan Award for investigative journalism, which sends annually a top Philippine journalist on a two-week speaking tour of Canada followed by speaking engagements in the Philippines. Canada works closely with the Philippines to build partnerships and enhance training to advance security sector reforms. Canada currently serves as Chair of the Independent Commission on Policing (ICP) for the new Bangsamoro.

Canada and the Philippines are partners on the international stage, working together to find solutions to global issues. Both countries work side by side at the United Nations to promote human rights, good governance, and improved global standards of living. Canada cooperates with the Philippines as an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dialogue Partner, and both countries are active participants in the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) Forum, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

Recent high-level political visits have included His Excellency Albert Del Rosario, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to Canada in June 2012, as well as with the visit of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to the Philippines in July 2012 and the visit of the Prime Minister Harper to Manila in November 2012. Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, and Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, also joined the Prime Minister on his trip to the Philippines. International Development Minister and La Francophonie Christian Paradis also visited the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

There are ever increasing people-to-people links between Canada and the Philippines, with approximately  800,000 people of Philippine origin in Canada. In recent years the Philippines has become the largest source country for immigrants to Canada. There are approximately 15,000 Canadians residing in the Philippines.


In 2013, Canadian merchandise exports to the Philippines were $603.3 million, while Canadian imports from the Philippines were valued at $1.1 billion. Canada's trade and investment relationship with the Philippines spans many sectors. Canadian companies with expertise in infrastructure (water and waste water, airports, green building), defence and cleantech (renewable energy) are in a particularly good position to take advantage of new opportunities within these sectors. In addition, the market for agricultural products in the Philippines continues to be robust, with significant potential for growth within the processed food and beverage sub-sector and health foods.

International Development

The goal of Canada’s international development program in the Philippines is to support sustainable economic growth by improving the climate for investment and protecting the economic interests of the poor.

November 2014

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