Module 1, Lesson 4: Economic Relations between Canada and the Philippines and Employment Trends

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This is the fourth of four lessons dealing with population changes. Students will examine the importance of economic trade relations between Canada and the Philippines by looking at their shared imports and exports. They will examine an infographic that deals with imports, exports and employment trends for immigrants and Filipinos. Students will have to recall the major industries within various Canadian provinces from the previous lesson to make the connection between jobs and population distribution.  Students will be challenged to address stereotypes surrounding employment and opportunity for the Filipino community. The lesson will also address the issue of deprofessionalisation, as many Filipinos came to Canada with a minimum of an undergraduate degree, but were unable to find work in their area of specialty due to numerous systemic barriers in Canadian society. A short video will demonstrate how Filipinos are also visible in sectors like policing. This lesson ends with creating an employment pathway infographic that will help more Filipinos/immigrants into industries where they are under-represented. Students will also be asked to reflect on the profession they have chosen and indicate why they believe it would be difficult to enter that field and the importance of more representation in that area. 

Key terms: Canada, Philippines, trade, labour export, deprofessionalisation, stereotypes, infographics, pathways, Don Laurel, systemic barriers

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You may download the infographic “Canada and the Philippines: Economic Relations” (BLM.CGC9.4.2) here.