Jollibee to Open in Canada by 'End of the Year'

Filipinos in Canada dreaming of a Jollibee Chickenjoy meal? Fret no more, as the Philippine-based food giant will soon be setting up branches in the country.

According to a report from CBC News, Jollibee will open for business in Toronto at the end of the year.

Ysmael Baysa, Chief Finance Officer of Jollibee Foods Corporation confirmed the news during an interview at the Phillipine Investment Forum on Tuesday that the food chain will be opening its first Canadian branch.

“We hope to be in Canada within the year,” he told the Manila Standard, noting that Canada is first on the list of countries and regions Jollibee will be expanding into over next two to three years. Japan, the Middle East and Europe will soon follow.

As of 2014, Jollibee has 2,833 stores worldwide. Its expansion in Canada has been eyed by the company “due to the growing number of Filipinos in these areas.”

Canada has a population of 660,000 with Filipino descent in StatsCan’s 2011 data.

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While many welcomed the impending opening of a Jollibee branch in Canada, others concerned about the country’s growing obesity problem do not share the same feeling. Nearly 25 per cent of Canadians are considered obese — 17.5 per cent more than in 2003, and over three times the recorded number of obese Canadians in 1985.

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