Canada wants more Filipino healthcare workers

Manila, Philippines – Manitoba Minister of Labour and Immigration Jon Reyes has conveyed interest in hiring more skilled Filipino health professionals under a new program that would financially support Filipino nurses.

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

In a courtesy call to DMW Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople on Wednesday (Feb. 22), both officials acceded on furthering labor cooperation between the Philippines and the Canadian province, especially in the recruitment of Filipino nurses and other healthcare professionals.

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

As of April 2018, the Philippine Embassy in Canada said there are around 901,218 Filipinos working and staying in Canada which comprises almost 2.6 percent of its national population.

The embassy added that the Philippines continues to be the top source of immigrants to Canada, followed by India, China, and Iran.

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

Ople expressed her appreciation to the Canadian government for their hospitality and 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, to our healthcare professionals to see every patient as a member of the family or a friend,” Ople said. “Being warm, hospitable, caring, and hopeful are some of the qualities of our Filipino nurses that makes us proud.”