10,000 Pinoy workers needed in Canada – DOLE

Manitoba, Canada would need about 10,000 skilled and professional Filipino workers in 2008, the Department of Labor and Employment announced yesterday.

Labor Secretary Arturo Brion made the announcement after signing the memorandum of understanding that will facilitate deployment of overseas Filipino workers to the Canadian province.

“(Based on) my conservative estimate, we can place 10,000 workers this year,” Brion said after yesterday’s signing of the MOU with Manitoba Premier Gary Doer.

At the press briefing, Premier Doer said Manitoba would need a lot of workers in 2008 and the coming years because of the province’s graying population.

“We do have today a potential shortage (of foreign workers) and we have a need for people,” Doer said.

He could not give an exact figure as to how man Filipinos his province would need this year. Initially, construction workers and oil workers would be needed in Manitoba’s exploration activities, he said.

But Brion noted that aside from the 10,000 workers needed in Manitoba, the Canadian government has a 4,000 quota for foreign workers. The MOU provides that both parties should ensure “strict” rules on the entry of Filipinos to Manitoba – one way to do this is through the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar.

It also requires both parties to expedite the approval of selected individuals for employment – this would include efforts to support the job of Canadian offic in Manila in the processing of work permits and visas. (Wire reports)