Canada to hire more Filipino healthcare workers

Canada to hire more Filipino healthcare workers

MANILA – Manitoba Minister of Labour and Immigration Jon Reyes has expressed interest in hiring more skilled Filipino health professionals under a new program to support Filipino nurses financially.

Said program would include the provision of airfare, accommodation, and training, among others.

In a courtesy call to Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople on Wednesday, the two officials agreed on furthering labour cooperation between the Philippines and the Canadian province, especially in recruiting Filipino nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The proposed scholarship fund for Filipino nursing students who wish to work in Canada was also discussed during the meeting.

The Philippine government has also enabled a scholarship program for students who wish to pursue medicine:

The Philippine Embassy in Canada said that as of April 2018, around 901,218 Filipinos are working and staying in Canada, comprising almost 2.6 percent of its national population.

The embassy added that the Philippines remains Canada’s top source of immigrants, followed by India, China, and Iran.

Canadian provinces with the most number of Filipinos include Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba, while Toronto remains the Canadian metropolitan area with the most number of Filipinos, followed by Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, Ople conveyed her appreciation to the Canadian government for their hospitality and a firm commitment to upholding the rights and welfare of Filipino migrant workers and for recognizing the professionalism of Filipino nurses.

“It’s very natural to our Filipino nurses and healthcare professionals to see every patient as a family member or a friend. Being warm, hospitable, caring, and hopeful are some of our Filipino nurses’ qualities that make us proud,” Ople said

 Rewritten for the Far West Herald, Tess de Jesus