Saskatchewan wants Filipino healthcare workers

Pia Lee-Brago – The Filipina Star

October 19, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines — The Canadian province of Saskatchewan is looking to hire hundreds of healthcare workers from the Philippines over the next two years, Canada’s health ministry said yesterday.

The ministry said this is part of its plan to recruit, train, incentivize and retain more healthcare professionals to strengthen its provincial healthcare system.

“We want to let healthcare workers in the Philippines know that our province is a place of great opportunity,” said Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman.

Saskatchewan is negotiating a memorandum of understanding with the Philippine government for the recruitment of Filipino health professionals. The MOU will emphasize ethical recruitment and transparency in workforce development.

“We offer many full-time jobs and support for internationally trained healthcare professionals in several professions, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, continuing care assistants and medical laboratory assistants. We would love to welcome healthcare workers from the Philippines to our friendly communities in Saskatchewan who want to come work and live here with their families,” he said.

Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada to pilot an accelerated training and assessment pathway for eligible nursing recruits from the Philippines.

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