Canada introduces ‘Can Work PH’ pilot program for improved recruitment
Canada launched the “CAN Work Philippines” pilot program on Oct. 19, streamlining the work permit process for employers hiring from the Philippines. This initiative simplifies recruitment and strengthens ethical recruitment practices to address labor market shortages.
Marc Miller, Canada’s Immigration Minister, introduced the “CAN Work Philippines” program to expedite the work permit process. Employers can now efficiently schedule group appointments for medical examinations and biometrics for prospective employees.
The pilot program is accessible to Canadian employers hiring approximately 50 or more workers, with a focus on critical sectors like healthcare, construction, and agri-food. Ethical recruitment is a priority for program participation, aligning with the International Organization for Migration’s guidelines.
Canada is committed to supporting fair and ethical recruitment standards. As part of this commitment, Canada is providing $200,000 to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to enhance these standards in the Philippines.
The IOM will collaborate with the Philippine government, conduct training sessions, and promote the IOM’s Fair and Ethical Recruitment Due Diligence Toolkit to organizations involved in talent recruitment.
The “CAN Work Philippines” program aligns with Canada’s dedication to attracting and retaining global talent while addressing labor shortages. It strengthens Canada’s reputation as a top destination for global talent and fosters a productive partnership with the Philippines.
Canada’s “CAN Work Philippines” program offers an efficient way to streamline work permits and promotes ethical recruitment practices. This initiative is a significant step toward addressing labor market shortages and enhancing Canada’s workforce.