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Canada seeks over 1.2 million foreign workers for the coming years

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Canada plans to bring in more than 1.2 million new immigrants over the next five years as the country tries to fill gaps in its labor market and boost its economy, both hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Moreover, as birth rates have declined and more Canadian youth have moved to big cities for high-paying jobs in the financial, communication, and service sectors, the country has faced a severe labor shortage, while skilled manpower for other sectors of the economy has decreased in recent decades.

Each year, the federal department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases a new Immigration Levels Plan, which it uses to guide its operations. 

The Canadian government targets the following number of new immigrant landings: 431,645 permanent residents in 2022; 2023: 447,055 permanent residents; and 2024: 451,000 permanent residents.

Several provinces in Canada have been granted permission by Ottawa to hire temporary foreign workers until 2024, and Filipinos have a distinct advantage in applying for these jobs due to their English proficiency.

Per The Philippine Star report, the Philippines has entered into bilateral labor agreements with the various provinces of Canada, like Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta, where thousands of overseas Filipino workers have settled since 2004 in the oil-rich area.

Manny Geslani, a recruitment consultant and migration expert, cautioned aspiring Filipinos who want to work in Canada to avoid direct hiring by some immigration consultancies and bloggers posting hundreds of jobs.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) has accredited several licensed recruitment agencies for thousands of jobs available in Canada, and placement fees are not permitted under the recruitment of these agencies.

Geslani said interested jobseekers may apply with POEA licensed agencies who have been given accredited Canadian job orders where an applicant will only spend for his passport. Even medical exams may be shouldered by the potential employer, according to the Star.

Furthermore, it added that if a Filipino applies through an immigration consultant or an agent blogger of Merchant Capital, Ltd., he will pay between $30 to $50,000 for the services.

Last year, Canada set a new record for newcomers by welcoming 405,000 new permanent residents, the majority of whom came from within the country. Prior to the pandemic, the majority of new immigrants to Canada came from other countries.

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