As part of a new initiative to financially support Filipino nurses, Manitoba’s Minister of Labour and Immigration Jon Reyes has indicated an interest in recruiting more qualified Filipino health workers. This program would offer things like travel, lodging, and training, among others.
The two leaders agreed to expand labor collaboration between the Philippines and the Canadian province, particularly in the hiring of Filipino nurses and other healthcare workers, during a courtesy call to Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople on Wednesday.
At the meeting, the planned scholarship fund for Filipino nursing students who want to work in Canada was also covered.
According to the Philippine Embassy in Canada, as of April 2018, there were approximately 901,218 Filipinos living and working there, making up nearly 2.6 percent of the country’s overall population.
According to the embassy, India, China, and Iran continue to be the top countries from which immigrants come to Canada.
Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba are the Canadian provinces with the largest Filipino populations, but Toronto continues to have the largest Filipino population in Canada, followed by Vancouver and Winnipeg.
In the meantime, Ople thanked the Canadian government for its generosity, unwavering dedication to defending the rights and welfare of Filipino migrant workers, and recognition of the competence 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 make us proud,” says Susan Ople.