MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has asked Canada to relax its rules on hiring Filipino workers, on expectations Canada will need to fill jobs that will be soon left vacant by its greying population.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says he has asked Canada's Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney to recognize academic degrees earned in the Philippines, during a meeting in Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
Canada downgrades degrees from Philippine universities because of the differences in curricula.
A four-year course here, for instance, is equivalent to only two years of college education, by Canada's standards.
Canada employs about 30,000 Filipino workers every year.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (left) shakes hands with Canada's Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney.