Canada fast-tracks work permits for Filipino workers

The “CAN Work Philippines” program will expedite work permit processing for Filipinos and help Canadian employers in the Philippines.

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Canada is launching the “CAN Work Philippines” program, a streamlined work permit initiative for Filipino workers. 

The program, led by Marc Miller, minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, aims to expedite work permit processing and help Canadian employers in the Philippines, the CIC News reported.

CAN Work Philippines program

Under the “CAN Work Philippines” program, eligible Canadian employers will experience streamlined work permit processing and gain the ability to schedule group appointments for medical examinations and biometrics for their prospective employees. 

The pilot program targets Canadian employers engaged in the recruitment of approximately 50 or more workers. Moreover, it is especially relevant to critical sectors such as healthcare, construction, and agri-food, where the demand for skilled labor is pressing.

Ethical recruitment practices

To be part of this program, employers must demonstrate their unwavering commitment to fair and ethical recruitment guidelines as outlined by the International Organization for Migration.

IRCC is providing a generous grant of $200,000 to the IOM to further support ethical recruitment practices. The financial contribution is aimed at bolstering the adoption of fair and ethical recruitment standards within the Philippines. 

The IOM will collaborate with the Philippine government to conduct training sessions and promote its “Fair and Ethical Recruitment Due Diligence Toolkit” among organizations involved in, or interested in, recruiting talent from the Philippines.

“Every year, thousands of temporary foreign workers from around the world bring their skills to Canada, helping to grow our economy and fill labor market shortages. This includes a substantial number of newcomers from the Philippines,” Miller said.

He added that the program will provide Canada an important advantage in the global race for talent and support their industries in addressing labor market shortages. 

“At the same time, the funding to the IOM demonstrates our continued commitment to fair and ethical recruitment practices and will help ensure the health, safety and quality of life of temporary foreign workers,” the minister continued.

Jaleen Ramos

Jaleen Ramos

Jaleen Ramos has been a professional journalist for five years now. She has contributed and covered stories for premier Philippine dailies and publications, and has traveled to different parts of the country to capture and tell the most significant stories happening.

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Jaleen Ramos

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Jaleen Ramos has been a professional journalist for five years now. She has contributed and covered stories for premier Philippine dailies and publications, and has traveled to different parts of the country to capture and tell the most significant stories happening.

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