SSS Opens 2nd Canadian Office in Calgary
A new SSS office has opened in Calgary, Alberta, providing avenue for more than 250,000 Filipinos based in Canada’s western provinces to avail themselves of services offered by the pension fund.
The SSS Calgary foreign extension office is the second in Canada and was opened last June in line with the Calgary Philippine Consulate General’s celebration of Philippine Independence Day.
According to SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, the newly-opened extension office will serve about 270,000 Filipinos located in Alberta, British Columbia, and other western provinces of Canada.
“We are expecting to reach more Filipinos for their continuing social security coverage under our programs with the opening of the new extension office in Calgary. Considering that the Filipino population in Canada now stands at more than 660,000 based on its latest census data, the newly-opened office will cater to the SSS needs of around 40 percent of our kababayans in the area. We are very thankful to the Consulate for sharing an office space for our operations,” Dooc said.
The remaining Filipino population in Canada’s eastern provinces will be continue to be served by the SSS Toronto foreign representative office.
An agreement between the the SSS and Philippine Consulate General allocates the pension fund provider with office space consisting of service counter and staff room inside the premises of the Phillipine Consulate General in Calgary.
“Our Calgary office started its operations last month, initially as an extension office under the supervision of our representative in SSS Toronto. To date, we already have 23 SSS foreign offices in top destination countries, with offices located at the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General/Overseas Labor Offices,” Dooc said.
SSS program briefing and onsite services for the Filipino communities in Alberta and British Columbia were also conducted by the SSS management team during their visit in Canada in order to encourage active SSS membership and also promote the new SSS Calgary extension office.
The services cater to Filipino migrant workers and overseas Filipinos, including former Filipinos who are now Canadian citizens, with or without dual-citizenship.