Air transport deal likely means more flights between Canada and Philippines
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has announced a new agreement that should increase air travel between Canada and the Philippines.
There were 430,000 one-way passenger trips between the two countries last year, which is up 22.5 percent since 2008.
According to a federal government announcement, the expanded Canada-Philippines Air Transport Agreement offers airlines "greater flexibility" to use flights of other countries' airlines through code-sharing and for airlines to alter prices in response to consumer demand.
Raitt made the announcement in Mississauga with Sen. Tobias Enverga, who's the first member of Canada's upper chamber of Philippine descent.
There were 662,605 Canadian residents who self-identified as being of Philippine descent in the 2011 census, according to Statistics Canada.
The Philippines was the largest source of immigrants to Canada between 2006 and 2011.
The 152,300 arrivals from the Philippines accounted for 13.1 percent of all immigrants to Canada over that period.
The next largest source country over that five-year period was China, where 122,100 immigrants came from, followed closely by India at 121,400.
The United States was fourth, followed by Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Iran, South Korea, Colombia, and Mexico.