RP, Canada Sign Labor Accord; Needed: 30,000 Skilled Workers a Year RP, Canada Sign Labor Agreement; British Columbia Needs 30,000 Workers a Year

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Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI

The Canadian government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines to address the shortage of skilled workers in the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Canadian Ministry of Economic Development said yesterday.

Canadian Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen and Labor Secretary Arturo Brion signed the accord last Jan. 29. The agreement seeks to strengthen relations between British Columbia (BC) employers and Philippine recruiters.

"The British Columbia economy is growing at a rate faster than the overall Canadian economy and definitely faster than the overall American economy," Hansen said.

The agreement caters to Canadian companies engaged in tourism and hospitality, retail, and construction industries that are in need of skilled workers.

"To maintain this momentum, we need to attract 30,000 workers per year with specific skills from outside British Columbia," he said.

Secretary Brion said the Philippine government is receptive to partnering on international recruitment.

"Our agreement with BC truly confirms the opening of a new chapter of sharing Filipino labor with other countries through contract migration," he said. …