DOLE: Canada hiring 2,000 Filipino nurses, teachers, skilled workers

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently announced that several job opportunities await Filipinos in Yukon territory of northwest Canada.
DOLE: Canada hiring 2,000 Filipino nurses, teachers, skilled workers

Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory of Canada
Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory of Canada | Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello signed an agreement with Yukon Economic Development Minister Ranj Pillai to send as many as 2,000 Filipino nurses and skilled workers in their territory every year.

Under the Yukon Nominee Program, Yukon employers can hire qualified Filipino workers for job positions that they can’t fill locally.

Bello shared that Yukon considered to hire foreign workers because they are underpopulated. Currently, their population at Yukon is only at 20,000 residents.

The Labor secretary remarked, “They are even smaller than other barangays here."

Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce chair Mike Pemberton also said, "We truly, truly need labour."

Aside from nurses and skilled workers, Yukon is also in need of caregivers, engineers, heavy equipment or machine operators, chefs, and teachers.

Compensation varies depending on the job position but it ranges from P80,000 up to P300,000.

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Belo and Yukon officials also agreed on a framework that focuses on system enhancements for the recruitment and the protection and placement of Filipino workers in the territory.

Bello said he had already asked Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Bernard Olalia to fasttrack the facilitating of the processing and deployment of the Filipino workers to Yukon.

He is confident the process won't be too long since Canada has a good track record with our Overseas Filipino Workers.

Bello said, "We will not ask for ‘template contract’ anymore as we have seen how well-protected, well-paid and well-respected our Filipino workers are in Canada."

Olalia said the application process will be through government-to-government arrangement. Since it will be under the management of POEA, qualified applicants no longer need to pay any placement fee.

As POEA is currently working on the application process and job orders, interested applicants are advised to regularly check the POEA website for updates and announcements.

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— Sally, The Summit Express

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