There are 25,000 job opportunities exclusively for Filipinos in Canada this year. This is according to Richard Mills of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Mills said these are in health care, engineering, and the oil industry.
This was confirmed by Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque.
Roque said the job openings are actually part of the four memorandums of understanding that the Philippines signed last year with four provinces of Canada, namely British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
Roque admitted they had initially agreed on 40,000 jobs but Canada had to cut the number down to 25,000 because of the crisis.
Roque said the job openings are now posted at the Web site of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. He also reminded applicants that they do not have to pay a placement fee when applying.
The Philippine’s labor secretary clarified that those who would get jobs would be treated as guest workers. He also said however that they could apply to be a migrant after working in Canada for two years.
Apart from employment in Canada, Canadian companies will also continue to offer jobs to Pinoys locally. Mills said 10 percent of the business process outsourcing centers in the Philippines are Canadian firms. This means, these firms may provide 10% or 10,000 of the projected 100,000 job openings in the BPO industry this year.