Canada will need about a million workers in the next five years to make up for a severe labor shortage, as birth rates have declined and more Canadian youth move to big cities for high-paying jobs in the financial, communication, and service sectors, while skilled manpower for other sectors of the economy has decreased in recent decades.
Ottawa has granted authorization to many provinces in Canada to hire temporary foreign workers until 2024, and Filipinos have a distinct advantage in applying for these jobs due to their English skills.
Thousands of migrant Filipino workers have shifted to the oil-rich region of Canada since 2004, as a result of bilateral labor agreements struck by the Philippines with various Canadian provinces, including Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta.
For thousands of job openings in Canada, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) has recognized numerous licensed recruiting agencies, and placement fees are not permitted in these agencies’ recruitment.
Manny Geslani, a recruitment consultant and migration specialist, cautioned aspiring Filipinos who want to work in Canada to avoid direct hiring by immigration consultancies and bloggers who post hundreds of job postings.
Interested job seekers can apply with POEA recognized agencies that have been awarded accredited Canadian work orders, according to Geslani, and will only have to pay for their passport. The prospective employer may even cover the cost of medical examinations.
If a Filipino uses the services of an immigration consultant or an agent blogger from Merchant Capital, Ltd., he will only pay between $30 and $50,000.