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British Columbia and Philippines

As a well-established exporter of electronic components and services with a low-cost and highly educated workforce, the Philippines is home to an opportunistic economic market. Current conversations surrounding Canada and the Philippines’ participation in the Canada-ASEAN FTA negotiation provide a strong foundation for B.C. trade and investment in the Philippines.

Trade & Investment Highlights

  • Canada and the Philippines are negotiating a free trade agreement in the context of the Canada-ASEAN FTA negotiation.
  • With strong domestic demand and the growth of online shopping, there are increased opportunities for digital payment and consumer credit service providers in the Philippines.
  • The Philippines has seen a rapidly growing youthful population and middle class.

Philippines at a Glance

Monetary figures are in USD

Opportunity for Foreign Investors and B.C. Exporters

Philippines Top Industries (2017-2021)

Key Market Landing Pages Infographic - Philippines
Key Market Landing Pages Infographic - Philippines
Key Market Landing Pages Infographic - Philippines
Key Market Landing Pages Infographic - Philippines

How We Help

  • Assist in commercial location identification and site selection.
  • Provide information on transportation infrastructure and logistics gateways.
  • Offer introductions to sector associations, industries and provide cluster insight.
  • Facilitate understanding and solutions for talent, skilled workforce and labour mobility
  • Facilitate engagement with professional advisors on legal, compliance and tax matters
  • Help navigating and offering referrals within government agencies on First Nations, business and regulatory processes.
  • Identify high potential investment opportunities and offer industry insight.
  • Introductions to sector associations and local industry contacts.
  • Introductions to companies seeking investments to expand.
  • Provide knowledge on local innovation hubs and connections to entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Introductions to local venture capital networks.
  • Assist in navigating government export programs and financial supports.
  • Advice and coaching in international expansion and exporter development.
  • Support Team BC missions and trade events.
  • Match buyers and sellers in local and foreign markets.
  • Provide insight on trade agreements and barriers.
  • Introductions to trade representatives in foreign markets.
  • Market entry assistance in international markets.

Trade & Investment Offices


British Columbia’s trade and investment office located in Manila provides direct access for B.C. companies into the Philippines and other countries in the ASEAN economic region. Our experienced trade and investment professionals will help you network and capitalize on shared business opportunities in Southeast Asia.

Manila Office:
Embassy of Canada
Levels 6-8, Tower 2, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200

Contact our Trade and Investment Representatives. Our team welcomes your inquiries:

Rohan Belliappa - Trade and Investment BC
Rohan Belliappa
Managing Director, ASEAN
Jizen Reyes - Trade & Invest BC
Jizen Reyes
Commercial Officer

Connect With Our International Network

Our Trade and Investment Representatives can help you establish the right connections, participate in events and tradeshows, explore programs and initiatives, and more. Connect with an expert near you.