July 16, 2023 - Following a unanimous vote by city council on June 14, Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim sent a letter of support for a Filipino cultural centre to B.C. Premier David Eby.
In his letter to the premier on behalf of city council, Sim urged the provincial government to “allocate the necessary funding from the provincial budget to support the establishment of the new Filipino Cultural Centre in Vancouver”.
In April of this year, the provincial government provided a grant funding for public engagement for such a dedicated space for Canadian Filipinos.
Lauding Filipinos’ contributions to the city’s diversity, Sim acknowledged “the Filipino community’s immense contributions that continue to shape our city’s economic, social and cultural landscape”.
He further stressed that an investment in a Filipino cultural centre is “not only an investment in cultural diversity and inclusivity but also a recognition of the important role that the Filipino community has played and will continue to play in our province”.
In late June, Eby attended a Filipino heritage month event in Burnaby where he reiterated government’s commitment to getting the centre built. “I know … how important it is for this community to have a cultural centre to gather together to celebrate proud Filipino heritage,” said Eby.
The motion attached to the letter cited that Vancouver is home to Canada’s second largest Filipino