2021-12-02T17:12:45-05:00Dec 3, 2021|

A taste of home for Filipino newcomers in Toronto and the GTA

As you start getting settled in Canada, amidst the excitement of starting a new phase of your life, there may be some times when you miss your home country and culture. One advantage of living in Canada is that it’s a cultural melting pot and you’ll always be able to find a taste of home around you.

Toronto is especially unique because it’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world. As a Filipino newcomer, you’ll be able to easily connect with your community and enjoy experiences you normally associate with home. We spoke to newcomers from the Philippines living in Toronto and asked them to share their recommendations for great Filipino restaurants, places to shop and enjoy culture, and places to find the daily support needed to adapt to life in Canada.

In this article:

Filipino restaurants in Toronto and the GTA

Toronto is an incredible city for all kinds of food and its Filipino food selection is second to none. Here are some local favourites that come highly recommended: 

Filipino grocery stores in Toronto and the GTA

Most large grocery store chains carry at least the basic ingredients used in Filipino cooking. However, if you’re looking for items that are harder to find, here are some Filipino grocery stores you can visit: 

Filipino shopping and culture in Toronto and the GTA

When it comes to celebrating Filipino culture in Toronto, there are many events happening all year round across the city. The Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show is one of the biggest indoor events for Filipinos in North America. For outdoor festivities, Taste Of Manila is the largest Filipino festival outside of the Philippines, featuring authentic Filipino food, cultural events, and even shopping. There’s also a new Winter Festival called Pasko Sa Kultura, which is dedicated to the culture of the Philippines. 

If you’re more interested in recreational services or fun workshops, then the Filipino Centre Toronto is a great place to start. You can stay up to date on events or participate in some of their weekly activities.  

Places to worship in Toronto 

As a newcomer from the Philippines, you’ll find several places of worship in and around Toronto that hold prayer ceremonies in your language. Here are some places frequented by Filipino newcomers: 

  • First Filipino Baptist Church, 382 Lippincott St
  • Filipino Alliance Church Of Toronto, 3250 Finch Ave E, Scarborough
  • Faith Filipino Seventh day Adventist Church, 452 College St

Find daily support in Toronto 

In your first few months in Canada, you may need some support to help ease your transition into your new life and city. You may require services that help you build your job skills, offer language classes for you or your children, and provide support to help you adapt to your community. Here are some places that provide services to newcomers: 

COSTI Settlement Services offers online employment workshops, language training, and skill building services to help newcomers prepare for the workforce.