Potential jobs are available for Filipino welders in Canada, as Alberta province expands its temporary foreign worker pilot project, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Thursday.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said she was informed that Alberta expanded its Temporary Foreign Worker Pilot project effective July 16.
Under the expanded program, the DOLE said employers in Alberta have been allowed to hire highly skilled foreign workers in certain in-demand occupations other than steamfitters and pipefitters.
"The expansion of this pilot project will enable more employers in Alberta to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis to fill up short-term skills and labor needs when Canadians or permanent residents are unavailable," said Baldoz, quoting from the report.
A DOLE news release said Alberta's Temporary Foreign Worker Pilot project will include the following occupations:
- Heavy-duty equipment mechanic
- Iron worker
- Millwright and industrial mechanic
Pause on worker program applications
Meanwhile, Baldoz cited a report from the Philippine Embassy in Canada that Canada's Citizenship, Immigration and Multi-culturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced a temporary pause on new applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP).
This would allow the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to make important changes to its economic immigration programs.
Baldoz said she has instructed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to monitor further developments in the Canadian labor market and to issue an appropriate advisory in the light of this decision.
She also warned prospective OFWs to check with the POEA for accredited employers and approved job orders before they pursue their dream of going to Canada.
"This is to ensure that applicants undergo the correct and legal process of worker migration," she said. - VVP, GMA News