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 consulates in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, St. John's and Winnipeg.
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 also provides strategic assistance to facilitate civil society preparations for elections. Canada works closely with the Philippines to build partnerships and enhance training to advance security sector reforms.
Canada and the Philippines are active 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 coutries are active participants in the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) Forum, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
There are ever increasing people-to-people links between Canada and the Philippines, with nearly 500,000 people of Philippine origin in Canada. In 2010, the Philippines was the largest source country for immigrants to Canada. There are approximately 7,500 Canadians residing in the Philippines.
In 2011, Canadian merchandise exports to the Philippines were CAD $554.6 million, while Canadian imports from the Philippines were valued at CAD $915.8 million. Canada's trade and investment relationship with the Philippines spans many sectors. Canadian companies with expertise in information and communications technology, aerospace and defence, power generation (renewable energy), and natural resource extraction are in a 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 franchises.
Canada’s bilateral program of development assistance to the Philippines is managed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
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