Canada, the second largest country in the world is eyeing to recruit an initial 150 Filipino healthcare professionals and is keen on hiring more nurses and health workers in the province of Manitoba. It is also proposing to provide scholarship fund for Pinoy Nursing students who want to work in the country.
“We are short of nurses everywhere, and we can always use more healthcare workers in a province,” Manitoba Minister of Labour and Immigration Jon Reyes said via GMA News report.
According to the report, eligible applicants are Filipino registered nurses and health care aid with two-years work experience.
The yearly salary starts at CAD60,000 which is around P2.5 million per year, and about P200,000 each month.
The program will also cover the provision of airfare, accommodation, and training, among others. New hires can also bring their family to Manitoba.
The exchange of views of Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople, together with Undersecretary PY Caunan with Manitoba Minister accompanied with his delegates occured when the latter paid a courtesy call to the Secretary at the DMW Office in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, according to DMW press release.
Further, the courtesy call revolved about furthering labor cooperation between the Philippines and the Canadian province on the said recruitment and provision of Nursing scholarship for Filipino students.
Meanwhile, Secretary Ople expressed her gratitude to the Canadian government for their generosity and commitment to safeguarding the rights and welfare of Filipino migrant workers as well as for recognizing the expertise 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. Being warm, hospitable, caring, and hopeful are some of the qualities of our Filipino nurses that makes us proud,” she said.
The Department of Migrant Workers is set to give further updates regarding the results of its discussion with the Labour Minister of Manitoba. DMW also warns the public to be vigilant about illegal recruiters and to not easily get swayed with job offerings asking for money in social media sites.
Source/s: Department of Migrant Workers, GMA News