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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, as well as a rapidly growing youthful population and middle class, the Philippines is home to an opportunistic economic market. 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.

Trade & Investment Highlights

  • Canada and the Philippines are negotiating a free trade agreement in the context of the Canada-ASEAN FTA negotiation.
  • The Philippines is an important partner under Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. In June 2023, Canada announced Philippines as the intended location for the new Agriculture and Agri-Food Office. The office will consist of a mobile team that will work directly with Canadian diplomatic missions, Canadian stakeholders, foreign interlocutors and decision makers in the region to advance mutual trade objectives for the sector.

Philippines at a Glance

Monetary figures are in USD

Opportunity for Foreign Investors and B.C. Exporters

Philippines Top Industries (2018-2023)

Industries for Outward Investment
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Coal, Oil & Gas

Coal, Oil & Gas
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Real Estate

Real Estate
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Transportation & Warehousing

Transportation & Warehousing

Source: FDI Markets

Import Industries
(by value)
Investment Opportunities in Canada - Electrical Machinery Equipment

Electrical Machinery & Equipment
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Mineral Fuels & Oils

Mineral Fuels & Oils
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Machinery

Machinery & Mechanical Appliances

Source: International Trade Centre

Fastest Growing Import Opportunities
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical Products
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Ceramic Products

Ceramic Products
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Grains (Cereals)


Source: International Trade Centre

BC Export Industries to Market
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Mineral Ores, Slag & Ash

Mineral Ores, Slag & Ash
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Wood Products

Wood Products
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Meat


Source: BC Stats, data sourced from Statistics Canada

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
Trade & Investment Representative - Bernadette Buensuceso
Bernadette Buensuceso
Commercial Assistant

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.