Canada requests for Filipino workers, DOLE announces

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DOLE announced that there will be 2,000 job opportunities for Filipinos in Yukon, Canada every year.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that there will be 2,000 job opportunities in various industries in Yukon, Canada offered to Filipino skilled workers every year. 

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that, together with his counterpart in Yukon, he signed a joint communiqué for the deployment of skilled workers with an opportunity to also bring their families there. 

“The joint communiqué with Yukon, Canada, contains a request for 2,000 skilled workers every year.”

After the agreement, Bello instructed Administrator Bernard Olalia of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to expedite the deployment of workers to Yukon and the processing of overseas employment certificate of those people who will be working in Vancouver and Toronto. 

“After we met with our counterparts, I advised Admin Olalia to liberalize the deployment of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in Canada. We had a firsthand encounter with the Filipinos in Yukon and we are assured that they are well protected and respected without any class distinction. We heard not a single complaint,” Bello shared. 

The offered salaries range from P80,000 up to P300,000. 

Canada job qualifications

There will be open positions for Filipino skilled workers as equipment operators, nurses, cooks, chefs, engineers, caregivers, call center agents, and local workers.  

Interested applicants should be fluent in English, have the related job degree with appropriate training, and physically and mentally healthy.

“Canadians prefer Filipino workers because of the impression of our quality of work and efficiency. They are also conscious about the family bond, hence, they encourage the workers to bring their family with them in Canada and they will facilitate their entry,” Bello said. 

Bello also revealed that Canadian counterparts were eager to have the bilateral agreement to finally formalize the deployment of OFWs in Yukon, but then he asked them to visit the country and sign the deal here. 

“Yukon is a territory in northwest Canada and we think there are around 20,000 residents or people, of which 3,000 are Filipinos. So, everywhere you go, you will see and meet Filipinos. They are very welcome in the community.”

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