Filipino immigrants only began entering Canada in the 1930s in small groups. While other immigrant groups already had established communities of several thousand or more by the 1960s, there were only approximately 800 Filipinos in Canada at the time.
Starting in the 1990s though, this number started to increase quickly, and today there are more than 500,000 Filipino immigrants in Canada and over 850,000 who are of Filipino descent. About 200,000 of them live in the greater Toronto area, but there are also large populations in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Edmonton boasts almost 100,000 Filipino citizens and is home to the Philippine Choral Society, the Philippine Cultural Society and the Karilagan Dance Society. There is also a radio station that broadcasts in 10 different languages, including Tagalog.
To support the growing population, a number of Filipino grocery stores have sprung up. They offer imported food and products from the Philippines in addition to local items that immigrants need to make Lechon, Adobo, Pancit Guisado, Lumpia and more. Here are a list of our top 5.
This grocery store is located at 4202A 66th Street NW in Edmonton, can be reached at 780-413-7001, and are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. They have been open for more than 10 years, and mainly offer imported Filipino food products.
They are located at 10821 23 Ave NW in Edmonton, can be reached at 780-440-4282 and are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. This store is a one-stop-shop for many Filipino immigrants in Edmonton. They offer groceries and imported Filipino products, banking and remittance services, international shipping, dry cleaning pick up and drop off and they rent properties at three condominiums in the Philippines.
This store is located at 6808 177 St. NW in Edmonton, can be reached at 780-705-5877 and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The store itself is a little smaller, but they serve hot food in addition to imported products if you want an immediate taste of home.
They are located at 17540 100 Ave. NW in Edmonton, can be reached at 587-689-3118 and are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week except Sunday when they close at 9 p.m. This market is part of a chain of Filipino grocery stores that first opened in 1989 in San Diego, USA. Today there are more than 32 locations spread throughout the United States and Canada. Though the market in Edmonton opened more recently than the other stores on this list, it feels the most like a large, standard supermarket.
This store is located at 2904 Ellwood Dr. SW in Edmonton, can be reached at 780-249-9898 and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day of the week except Sunday, when they open at 12 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. They are a modestly sized store but have a great selection of imported Filipino food products.
Whether you’re feeling homesick or just want to make your favourite Filipino dishes, any one of these grocery stores is a great place to start. You may also connect with some fellow immigrants!
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