POEA-Licensed Agencies for Canada With New Job Orders (Updated Weekly)

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Thinking of applying for a job in Canada? If you don’t want to deal with the complicated procedure of doing it on your own, one of the best ways to get a job in Canada is by applying through POEA-accredited agencies. 

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA is the government agency responsible for inspecting and approving recruitment agencies to prevent Filipinos from being scammed. They maintain and update an online database where you can check the valid agencies that have job orders for Canada.

In this guide, you’ll learn more about these POEA-accredited agencies, how to apply for jobs in Canada through them, and the latest job opportunities available for you.

Go back to the main article: How to Get a Job in Canada (Plus Latest POEA Jobs)

 

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At a Glance: POEA-Licensed Recruitment Agencies for Canada With Latest Job Orders

This section shows the list of POEA-licensed recruitment agencies with new job orders for Canada. The job opportunities displayed here have been obtained from various sources, including job portals and official websites as well as social media accounts of recruitment agencies. Although we have verified the availability of these job orders through the POEA database, we still encourage you to verify them yourself as the list of available job orders may change without further notice.

Take note that we will continuously update the list of job orders every week so don’t forget to bookmark this page.

Updates: 

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions are in place all over Canada. As of October 2021, only fully vaccinated foreign nationals can enter Canada. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson are the accepted vaccines by the Canadian Government. You can use this online tool from the Canadian government to check if you are qualified to enter their country.  
  • Starting April 30, 2022, some businesses in Canada will be allowed to hire more low-wage workers (up to 20% to 30% of their total workforce) due to changes in the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program1. Employers under the food service, hotel, hospitality service, accommodation, fish and seafood processings are expected to hire more workers to address labor shortages. Moreover, changes in the TFW program include: (1) 18-month Labor Market Assessment validity; (2) Removed limit on the number of low wage positions in seasonal industries; and (3) 3-year work permit for high-wage workers.

1. Ami Global Recruitment

  • Address: Unit 4404, 44/F, Summit One Tower, 530 Show Boulevard Mandaluyong.
  • Tel No/s: (02) 2189877 / 09565160565
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: N/A
  • Official Representative: Imelda J. Mateo
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 10/8/2019 to 10/7/2023
PositionDate Posted/Approved

2. 1st Dynamic Personnel Resources, Inc.

  • Address: 3F, JLC Bldg., No. 8 N. Ramirez Street, Don Manuel, Quezon City
  • Tel No/s :  (02) 7984048  
  • Email Address[email protected]
  • Website:  www.1stdynamicpersonnel.com
  • Official Representative: Catherine Liana Z. Chua
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 4/9/2018 to 9/13/2022
PositionDate Posted/Approved
ElectricianMay 16, 2022
Recreational Vehicle Technician (Caravans)May 13, 2022
Sawmill OperatorsMay 11, 2022
Heavy Duty Truck MechanicMay 10, 2022
CNC MachinistMay 6, 2022
Auto Mechanic / TechniciansMay 6, 2022
Bag Machine OperatorMay 5, 2022
Auto Mechanic / TechnicianApril 29, 2022
Auto PainterApril 23, 2022
Auto DenterApril 23, 2022
Die Cutter Press Operator / Assistant SupervisorApril 22, 2022
Prepress Technician/Supervisor (NOC 7303)April 20, 2022
Paper Press OperatorApril 20, 2022

3. 21st Century Manpower Resources Inc. (For Nursing INT`L.)

  • Address: Rooms 401,405,406 & 407, Jr Bldg., 1520 Quezon Avenue South Triangle, Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 34101234 / 83518906 / 09391928350 / 09997161222
  • Email Address: [email protected]/[email protected]
  • Website: www.21stcmri.com
  • Official Representative: Russell C. Garcia
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 3/8/2020 to 3/7/2024
PositionDate Posted/Approved

4. 2000 Miles Placement Agency, Inc. (For: Geosons Placement Agency, Inc.)

  • Address: Units 14 and 15, Don Graciano Bldg., 1180 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 34168228 / 77451472 / 84168228 / 86616200  
  • Email Address: [email protected] / [email protected]
  • Website: www.2000miles.org
  • Official Representative: Emilia S. Poblete
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 9/28/2019 to 9/27/2023
PositionDate Posted/Approved

5. Chartreuse Prime Recruitment Specialists, Inc. (formerly Chartreuse Promotion)

  • Address: G/F and 2/F-A, CPDC Bldg., 138 Gen. Luna St., Taguig
  • Tel No/s:  6435400 / 09950863767/ 6434894/ 6435400  
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.cprsi.com.ph
  • Official Representative: Christina Dela Cruz-Frey
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 12/7/2018 to 12/6/2022
Position Date Posted/Approved
Aluminum WelderMay 12, 2022
Millwright (Conventional Machinist)May 10, 2022
CNC Machinists (Millwright)April 29, 2022

6. EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc.

  • Address: Units 701, 703, and 704 Corporate Center, 139 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati
  • Tel No/s: +6388126703/+6388126704  
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.edistaffbuilders.com
  • Official Representative: Mr. Cesar A. Averia Jr.
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 6/21/2014 to 6/20/2026
PositionDate Posted/Approved
Heavy Equipment MechanicMay 11, 2022
Welder FabricatorMay 11, 2022
Cement ApplicatorMay 11, 2022
Chamfer OperatorMay 11, 2022
GMAW/GTAW/SMAW WelderMay 11, 2022
AssemblerMay 11, 2022
Truck Engine MechanicsMay 4, 2022
Truck MechanicsMay 4, 2022
Assistant Truck MechanicsMay 4, 2022
Sewing Machine OperatorsMay 3, 2022

7. FIL-HR Manpower Development & Services Specialist Corp.

  • Address: Room 701-A, GLC Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St. Ermita, manila
  • Tel No/s: 706-2374 / 3101353 / 09436708229 / 09778355745
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: [email protected] / filhrmanpower1makati.gmail.com
  • Official Representative: Lito T. Cubillas
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 11/11/2018 to 11/10/2022
PositionDate Posted/Approved

8. Finest Asia Resources Inc. (For Filipino Arab Resources Inc.)

  • Address: 7F Vernida IV Bldg., 128 L P Leviste St. Salcedo Vill Makati, Makati
  • Tel No/s: (02) 8180031 – 35 / 09162912045 / 09178819565
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.finestasia.com
  • Official Representative: Mary Jane Linsangan
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 3/8/2020 to 3/7/2024
PositionDate Posted/Approved

9. Golden Horizon Placement Agency, Inc.

  • Address: Unit C-3, 3F Ricsons Place, L1 & 3 B9 Atherton Cor Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 7030341 / 7030342
  • Email Adress: [email protected]
  • Website: www.goldenhorizon.com.ph
  • Official Representative: Mr. Celso S. Miranda
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 7/30/2018 to 7/29/2022
PositionDate Posted/Approved

10. Industrial Personnel & Management Services, Inc. (IPAMS)

  • Address: IPAMS Bldg., 723 Aurora Blvd., New Manila, Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 234-5640 / 234-5641 / 0917828778  
  • Email Address: [email protected] / [email protected]
  • Website: www.ipams.com
  • Official Representative: Mr. Angelito C. Hernandez
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 4/12/2002 to 4/11/2024
Position Date Posted/Approved
(Welder TIG/MIG)May 10, 2022
Sheet Metal WorkerMay 10, 2022
Laborer in Metal FabricationMay 10, 2022
CNC MachinistMay 10, 2022
Metal Fabricator / FitterMay 10, 2022
Mechanical Design DraftspersonMay 10, 2022
Milling Machine OperatorMay 10, 2022
Soldering Machine OperatorMay 10, 2022
Bottling Line WorkersMay 4, 2022
Forklift OperatorsMay 4, 2022
Industrial ElectriciansMay 4, 2022
MillwrightsMay 4, 2022
Production OperatorsMay 4, 2022
Quality Control InspectorsMay 4, 2022
Formwork CarpentersMay 4, 2022
Bending Machine OperatorsMay 4, 2022
JIG WeldersMay 4, 2022
Laser Cutter OperatorsMay 4, 2022
Metal Fabrication LaborersMay 4, 2022
Swine Biological Laboratory TechnicianMay 4, 2022
Woodworking Machine Operator (Kitchen/Cabinets)May 4, 2022
Wood Products Assembler (Structural Elements)May 4, 2022
Wood Product Assembler HelperMay 4, 2022
Industrial JanitorMay 4, 2022
Vella Saw OperatorMay 4, 2022
Spray PainterMay 3, 2022
Spray Paint AssistantMay 3, 2022
Coffee Shop SupervisorMay 3, 2022
Structural Sheet Metal Assembler / InstallerApril 11, 2022
Camp CookApril 11, 2022
Handyman / WomanApril 6, 2022
Logging Forest WorkerApril 6, 2022
Forestry Technician (Forest Ranger)April 6, 2022
Work-SorterApril 1, 2022
Production Operator (Plastic Product Assembly)March 25, 2022
Quality Control InspectorMarch 25, 2022
Bottling Line WorkerMarch 25, 2022
Forklift OperatorMarch 25, 2022
Industrial ElectricianMarch 25, 2022
MillwrightMarch 25, 2022
Drafting TechnologistMarch 23, 2022
Granite / Stone Factory LabourerMarch 23, 2022
Stone Cutter (Granite)March 23, 2022
Stone Saw Operator (Granite)March 23, 2022
Quarry Labourer (Granite)March 23, 2022
HousekeeperMarch 17, 2022
CNC Machinist (5 Axis)March 16, 2022
Food Service Supervisor (Coffee Shop)March 14, 2022
Electrical MechanicFebruary 22, 2022
Industrial MechanicFebruary 22, 2022
GlazierFebruary 15, 2022
Welder AssemblerFebruary 15, 2022
Conventional MachinistFebruary 15, 2022
StorekeeperFebruary 15, 2022
ElectromechanicFebruary 15, 2022
Metal Worker Machine OperatorFebruary 15, 2022
Printing Press OperatorFebruary 15, 2022

11. International Skill Development Inc.

  • Address: GF (Front), 2F & 3F, ISD Bldg., 5439 Curie St. Palana, Makati
  • Tel No/s: 5511910 / 5517452 / 8331242 / 5501595 / 8322539
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.isdphilippines.com
  • Official Representative: Mr. Levi S. De Mesa
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 10/29/2019 to 10/28/2031
PositionDate Posted/Approved

12. International Staffing Organization, Inc.

  • Address: 5F PDCP Bank CTR Bldg., V.A. Rufino St., Salcedo Village, Makati
  • Tel No/s: 8121129  
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.teamiso.com
  • Official Representative: Charina G. Garcia
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 12/7/2018 to 12/6/2022
Position Date Posted/Approved

13. JB International Manpower Services Corporation

  • Address: 9634 Kamagong St. Cor Guijo St. San Antonio Vill Makati
  • Tel No/s: 8995780 / 8995728 / 09052604922 / 09193784838
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.jbmanpower.webs.com
  • Official Representative: Edward A. Barrion
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 3/8/2020 to 3/7/2024
PositionDate Posted/Approved

14. Jing International Placement & Promotion Services Inc.

  • Address: 3/F, 934 San Andres St., Malate, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 0916-300 1300 / 0977-825 4654 / 8 447-4269
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: N/A
  • Official Representative: Severino Lumain Mejos
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 6/20/2019 to 6/19/2023
PositionDate Posted/Approved

15. Joblane International Manpower Services, Inc.

  • Address: 6/F, BDO Bldg., 707 T.M. Kalaw cor. Churruca St., Ermita, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 7086038  
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.joblane.net
  • Official Representative: Jeanybel Mc Carthy
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 9/10/2019 to 9/9/2023
PositionDate Posted/Approved

16. Jobsglobal.com Employment Services Inc. (Formerly Hyacinth Promotions Inc)

  • Address: Unit E-1 5F, Dominion Bldg., 833 A. Arnaiz Avenue Makati
  • Tel No/s: (02) 3101864 / 09771540207
  • Email Address: [email protected] / [email protected]
  • Website: www.jobsglobal.com
  • Official Representative: Christopher O. Gamella
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 8/17/2019 to 8/16/2023
Position Date Posted/Approved

17. Luzern International Manpower Services Corporation

  • Address: 1695 Unit 3 Town Homes F Benitez St. Malate, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 3100212 / 3100329 / 09325702480 / 09194275380
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: N/A
  • Official Representative: Ms. Luzviminda C. Manoza
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 12/2/2018 to 12/1/2022
Position Date Posted/Approved

18. Magsaysay Global Services, Inc. (For MLI Resources, Inc.)

  • Address: G/F Suite 1A, G.E. Antonio Bldg., J. Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 8526-9600/0917-8638659 
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.magsaysayglobal.com / www.magsaysaycareers.com
  • Official Representative: Marlon R. Roño
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 3/18/2018 to 9/13/2022
Position Date Posted/Approved
Bindery Machine OperatorMay 11, 2022
Wash Bay TechnicianMay 11, 2022
Swine TechnicianMay 11, 2022
Butcher / Meat CutterMay 11, 2022
Meat CuttersMay 3, 2022

19. MEC International Manpower Resources, Inc.

  • Address: Units 2 and 3 (GF & 2F) GP Complex, J. Teodoro St., Gracepark West, Caloocan City
  • Tel No/s: 362- 4975/ 2871983/ 09085337607  
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.mecmanpower.com
  • Official Representative: Magdalita T. Chua
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 1/7/2020 to 1/6/2024
PositionDate Posted/Approved

20. Mercan Canada Employment Phils. Inc.

  • Address: U502 & 506 Galleria Corporate TWR Edsa Cor Ortigas Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 9108010 – 14
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: WWW.MERCANRECRUIT.COM
  • Official Representative: Jose Eduardo S. Yazon
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 7/21/2018 to 7/20/2022
PositionDate Posted/Approved
Industrial Butcher and Meat CuttersMay 6, 2022

21. New Life Opportunities Placement Agency Inc.

  • Address: U4 Groundfloor & Basement, 1 LPL Greenhills Condominium #17, Eisenhower Greenhills, San Juan
  • Tel No/s: 4777760 / 09328556109 / 09088210144 / 84777760
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: N/A
  • Official Representative: Marietta Pelegrin
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 7/27/2020 to 7/26/2024
PositionDate Posted/Approved

22. Omanfil International Manpower Development Corporation

  • Address: Rodeo Bldg., 802 km 18 West Service Road, South Super Highway, Parañaque City
  • Tel No/s: 8211650-55/8222141-45  
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.omanfil.com
  • Official Representative: Rosalinda R. De Ocampo
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 8/2/2010 to 9/25/2026
PositionDate Posted/Approved

23. Peridot International Resources, Inc.

  • Address: Units A & B 1845 Dian Cor Boyle Streets Palanan, Makati
  • Tel No/s: 5527826 / 09998899242 / 09275747652 / 09258833288
  • Email Address: [email protected] / [email protected]
  • Website: www.oneperidot.yolasite.com
  • Official Representative: Ms. Raquel E. Bracero
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 8/11/2018 to 8/10/2022
PositionDate Posted/Approved

24. Philstar International Services Corp. (Formerly J Star INTL Promotion Inc.)

  • Address: Room 2-A 2F, Prosperity West Center Bldg., 92-A WES Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 8983-5065 / 8375-1905 / 09228401495 / 09174892602
  • Email Address: [email protected] / [email protected]
  • Website: www.philstarinternational.com
  • Official Representative: Lourdes C. Ocampo
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 8/23/2020 to 8/22/2024
PositionDate Posted/Approved

25. PSC Primary Skills Inc.

  • Address: U2 GF East Aurora Tower 3 Pres Quirino Kasambagan Cebu
  • Tel No/s: 2601884 / 09173210975 / 09176330209 / 022601884
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: primaryskills.com.ph
  • Official Representative: Paulette D. Liu
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 10/21/2019 to 10/20/2023
PositionDate Posted/Approved

26. Rise Manpower Services Inc.

  • Address: GF, CSL Bldg., 1919 F. Agoncillo St., Malate, Manila
  • Tel No/s: 5365496 / 09178069872 / 0285365496 / 09209692381
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.risemanpower.com
  • Official Representative: Rose Marie P. Lainez
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 3/19/2020 to 3/18/2024
PositionDate Posted/Approved

27. Staffhouse International Resources Corporation (Formerly Staffhouse Resource)

  • Address: No. 43 Westpoint Street, Cubao Quezon City
  • Tel No/s: 9133333 / 4371818
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Website: www.staffhouse.com
  • Official Representative: Marc R J R Capistrano
  • Status: Valid License
  • License Validity: 7/13/2019 to 7/12/2023
PositionDate Posted/Approved
Ironworkers / Metal FabricatorsMay 13, 2022
WeldersMay 13, 2022
Spray PaintersMay 13, 2022
ElectriciansMay 13, 2022
PipefittersMay 13, 2022
 

What does POEA Accreditation mean?

 An accreditation by POEA2 means that foreign employers are now allowed to recruit Filipino workers through licensed recruitment agencies. Through accreditation, POEA can protect OFWs from scams such as illegal recruitment and identity theft. 

Note that these licenses have a validity of only 4 years and can also be canceled early by POEA. You can check if the agency still has a valid license by checking POEA’s agency database

The benefits of going through an accredited recruitment agency when applying for a job in Canada are: 

  • They already know the processes and requirements, so you won’t miss anything important through their guidance. 
  • Reputable agencies have built a relationship with Canadian employers and their recommendations may increase your chances of getting hired. 
  • There is a significantly less chance of being scammed. 
  • You can report to POEA regarding agencies that are asking you to make under-the-table dealings. 
  • In disputes3, POEA can order the agency to return a portion of your money back as well as your documents. 
 

What is a Job Order?

Unlike the usual job postings you see on job boards, job orders are assessed by POEA to ensure their validity. Canadian employers send a list of open positions to accredited recruitment agencies and these agencies then register these positions with POEA. Job orders include the date of submission, the names of each position, and the number of positions. 

 

How to Apply for Jobs in Canada Through POEA-Accredited Agencies: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Search for job orders that you want to apply for

You can use the list above or conduct an extensive search using the POEA database. Simply select Canada from the drop-down list of countries:

agency for canada 1

You can choose the order by which the list items will be displayed. There are three options available on the website: 

  • Sort by Date JO was Approved. This is the default order. It chronologically arranges the list based on the most recently approved job order. It is useful for finding new job orders. 
  • Sort by Agency. This arranges the list alphabetically based on the name of the recruitment agencies. This is useful if you want to find all available job orders for a specific agency. 
  • Sort by Position. This arranges the list alphabetically based on the name of the position. This is useful for finding similar jobs. 

If you don’t find a job order that you are interested in, check back after a while. The list here on this page and the POEA database are updated regularly. 

2. Create a shortlist of your preferred valid job orders

The next step is to list down all the job orders that are of interest to you. If you have a specific job in mind, it should be easier for you to create a shortlist using the Sort by Position feature. Next, you should: 

  • Check when the job order was posted. The more recent it is the more likely that the position is still open. 
  • Check how many open positions there are for that job order. Having more open positions increases your chances of being hired. 

Let’s say you want to work in Canada as a machinist. So, you made a shortlist like the one illustrated below:

agency for canada 2

Checking the date and number of open positions should help you narrow down the shortlist further. 

3. Research the job overview and requirements for that position

You can find detailed information on the jobs you shortlisted at the Canadian government’s Job Bank website.

Continuing our earlier example, you do your research on Canadian requirements for machinists. (Tip: you can use Google for your search by using keywords such as “job bank canada machinist requirements”).

agency for canada 3

For the job overview and requirements of the most in-demand jobs for Filipinos who want to work in Canada, you can also check our guide here. 

4. Check if the agency has a valid license in POEA’s agency database

Simply search the agency’s name in POEA’s agency database and check the status and license validity dates. 

agency for canada 4

If you only want to do a quick check, you can view our guide for an updated list of licensed recruitment agencies for employment in Canada. 

5. Determine if the agency is the right fit for you

Aside from checking if the agency has a valid license, you should also do your research on other relevant information about the agency.

Continuing our earlier example, here is a shortlist with three valid agencies that have job orders for a machinist:

agency for canada 5

For each agency, you should check their official website, social media, or review sites to find the following information: 

  • Location and contact details 
  • Their application and recruitment process 
  • Fees (if any) 
  • What they provide as support for OFWs 
  • Reviews about their agency from other people 

6. Contact the POEA-licensed agency

Ask about all the documents they need first so you can prepare them before you visit their agency. 

7. Increase your chances of getting hired

Using all the research that you’ve done so far, you should now have a general idea of what the agency and your potential employer would require from you. Just like when you’re applying for other kinds of jobs, you should: 

  • Do research on your potential employers. Find out what they value in an employee. 
  • Customize your resume and cover letter. If you adjust your application based on what your employer needs, then you have a higher likelihood of getting hired. 
  • Prepare for the interview. List down your answers to common questions that may be asked. 
  • Start practicing your language skills. This includes both listening and speaking skills. It is highly recommended to listen online to Canadian media so you can get used to any differences in their diction.

8. Submit your application and documents to the agency

Double-check that you have prepared everything that you need. You should now be ready to submit your application. Visit the agency and they’ll be able to guide you through the rest of the process.

 

How much does it cost to work with agencies to get a job in Canada?

Here’s what you should know about the cost of working with recruitment agencies: 

1. There is a “NO PLACEMENT FEE” policy in effect for all job orders coming from Canada

This is a rule upheld by both POEA and the Canadian government. Employers are required to cover all recruitment costs in hiring foreign workers4. Thus, you are exempted from paying for your: 

  • Visa 
  • Airfare 
  • OWWA Membership Fee 
  • POEA Processing Fee 

2. You will be required to pay documentation fees

The documentation fees are the fees associated with processing your: 

3. Exercise due diligence in all transactions with agencies

Only pay for transactions where they provide receipts. Make sure to keep your receipts and communications properly documented. 

4. There are agencies that advertise themselves as a no-fee charging company and others that don’t

If you think you are being charged excessive fees8, please report the recruitment agency to POEA. 

 

What are the basic requirements for working in Canada?

A POEA-accredited recruitment agency can inform you about all the requirements you need for working in Canada, including any special requirements that may be in place. Just to give you an overview, here are the basic requirements you need for working in Canada: 

1. Documents from Your Canadian Employer

The documents from your Canadian employer9 provide proof that you have already been hired by a Canadian employer. You will need them to apply for a work permit. These documents include: 

  • Contract – Must include the details of the job including salary, job duties, and conditions of employment. 
  • Job Offer – Must be recent and less than 1 year old. 
  • LMIA & LMIA Number10 – The employer needs to give you a copy of a document that shows a positive LMIA or the Labor Market Impact Assessment. This document shows that there is currently no Canadian resident available for the position, that’s why they are hiring outside the country. 

2. Job Specific Requirements

Depending on the job, you may be required to show proof that you are eligible for that position. These include: 

  • Certificates of professional qualifications – It is recommended to get your credentials evaluated11 by an assessment agency to confirm that you are fit to work at the job you were hired for. You should get a recommendation from your recruitment agency. 
  • Proof of educational attainment – Canada uses a system called Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)12 to verify if your degree is valid and equal to a Canadian one.  
  • Language test results13 – Currently, Canada only accepts CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for English proficiency. For French language proficiency, they only accept TEF Canada (Test d’évaluation de français). 

3. Canadian Work Permit

Most foreign nationals are required to apply for a work permit14 before they can work in Canada. You need all of the documents from your Canadian employer before you can apply. 

There are two types of work permits: 

  • Employer-specific work permit – allows you to work in Canada but is restricted to the name of the specific employer on your permit. It also restricts how long you can work and the location you can work. 
  • Open work permit – allows you to work for any employer in Canada as long as they are not on the list of ineligible employers15. The employers on this list have not met their responsibilities as an employer for a foreign worker. 

Not sure if you need a work permit? You can check if you need a work permit by taking this test from the Canadian government’s website. 

4. Philippine Government Requirements

POEA also has requirements in place to ensure that Filipinos are prepared for working abroad. These include: 

5. Canadian Travel Restrictions

Currently, travel restrictions are in place all over Canada because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out if you can enter Canada by answering a few questions on the government’s website.

As of October 2021, only foreign nationals who have been fully vaccinated by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines can enter Canada. 

 

Tips and Warnings

1. Note that agency costs are not the whole expense you need to consider when working in Canada

You should also include the following costs in your estimate: 

  • Cost of Living. You should set a budget for your housing, utilities, food, transportation, childcare costs, etc.
  • Canada Work Permit17. This is required for foreign nationals to be allowed to work in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Workers program. This is the program providing the jobs usually filled by recruitment agencies.
  • Plans for Permanent Residency. If you are planning to apply for permanent residency in Canada after working there, you should also do your research on the processes and costs related to that. Currently, these are the programs applicable for workers already in Canada: (a) Canadian Experience Class (CEC)18 – for skilled workers who have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada. You may need to consider costs for training, certification as a skilled worker, and language tests; and (b) Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)19 – for this program, the requirements are different per province or territory. For example, in Ontario20, they require you to pay an application fee and have enough settlement funds.

2. Beware of illegitimate agencies

Do your research before contacting or paying recruitment agencies. Here are the common red flags21 you should watch out for: 

  • Red Flag #1: You are being asked to pay to find a job. The agency usually charges the employer, not the employee. 
  • Red Flag #2: The agency is promising too much. For example, they guarantee that you can get a work permit and that they charge a premium for this service. 
  • Red Flag #3: They are not listed in the POEA database of agencies with a valid license. Take note that these licenses are valid only for 4 years and can also be revoked by POEA, so always check the latter’s database before contacting the agency. 

3. Do research on your potential Canadian employer

Here are the common red flags22 you should watch out for: 

  • Red Flag #1: You are being asked to pay before you get hired. This is a common scam and is considered illegal in Canada. 
  • Red Flag #2: You can’t find out anything about the company in your research. Most legitimate employers have their own website or social media page. 
  • Red Flag #3: You receive an unsolicited job offer. This is another common scam where scammers attempt to steal your identity to use for dishonest purposes. 
  • Red Flag #4: There are no clear job descriptions nor requirements. You should never apply to jobs that don’t have a clear overview, especially for jobs in another country. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do agencies for Canada charge placement fees?

No. Recruitment agencies for jobs in Canada cannot collect placement fees. Under the policy of the Canadian government and POEA23, employers are required to cover all recruitment costs in hiring foreign workers. This includes the placement fee that is normally collected by POEA-accredited agencies to cover the risk of deploying a worker to another country.

2. Are there agencies for Canada that are based in Manila?

Yes, there are many recruitment agencies with active job orders based in Manila. As of September 23, 2021, these are: 

Name of Manila-based AgencyAgency Details
1ST Dynamic Personnel Resources Inc.Address: 3rd Floor JLC Building, 8 Nicanor Ramirez, Don Manuel, Quezon City, Metro Manila 1113 
 
Contact Number: (02) 3416 1848 
2000 Miles Placement Agency, Inc.Address: Unit 14 & 15 Don Graciano Building, 1180 E Rodriguez Sr Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila 1112  
 
Contact Number: (02) 416 8228
Advance Productions, Inc.Address: 5 Morning Glory Rd, Pilar Village, Las Piñas, Metro Manila 1750 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8802 2510
AMI Global RecruitmentAddress: 4th Floor Starmall, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila 1550 
 
Contact Number: (02) 7211 6104
 Chartreuse Prime Recruitment SpecialistsAddress: 138 CPDC Bldg, Gen Luna St, Taguig, Metro Manila 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8643 7984
EDI-Staffbuilders International Inc.Address: Unit 703- 704 Corporate Center, Corporate Center, 139 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila 1227 
 
Contact Number: (02) 7215 3284
Ephesians Overseas Manpower SupplyAddress: Unit 401 Avenue Square Garden Bldg PH, 532 United Nations Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1004 
 
Contact Number: (02) 7507 9249
FIL-HR Manpower Development & Services Specialist Corporation (Makati)Address: Mezzanine Floor David Salon Building, 1251 Cardona Street, Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila 1210 
 
Contact Number: 0997 603 3862
Finest Asia Resources Inc.Address:  7F Veranda Bldg, 128 LP Leviste St, Makati, Metro Manila 1227 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8818 0031
Golden Horizon Placement AgencyAddress:  Unit C3 3rd Flr Ricsons Place. Atherton St, North Fairview Park Subd, Quezon City, Metro Manila 1121 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8703 0341
IPAMS Industrial Personnel and Management Services, Inc.Address:  IPAMS Bldg, 723 Aurora Blvd, New Manila, Quezon City, Metro Manila 1112 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8234 5640
International Skill Development Inc. (Makati)Address: Curie St, Makati, Metro Manila 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8551 1910
International Staffing Organization, Inc.Address:  VA Rufino St, Makati, Metro Manila 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8812 1129
JobsGlobal.com Employment Services Inc (Makati)Address: Unit E Dominion Building, Antonio Arnaiz Ave, Makati, Metro Manila 
 
Contact Number: 0908 819 1423
Magsaysay Global Services, Inc.Address: 520 Kalaw Ave, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila 1000 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8567 2222
MEC International Manpower Resources Inc.Address:  Unit 2 & 3 GP Complex, J Teodoro St, Grace Park West, Caloocan, Metro Manila 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8362 4975
Mercan Canada Employment Philippines, Inc.Address:  Unit 502-506 Galleria Corporate Center, Ortigas Center, Quezon City, Metro Manila 
 
Contact Number: (02) 7910 8010
New Life Opportunities Placement Agency Inc.Address: Unit 4, Ground Floor & Basement 1, LPL Greenhills Condominium, 17 Eisenhower St, San Juan, Metro Manila 1504 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8477 7760
Omanfil International Manpower Development Corporation (Parañaque)Address: Rodeo Bldg, 802 km 18 West Service Road, South Super Highway, Paranaque City, Metro Manila 1700 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8821 1651
Peridot International Resources Inc.Address: Unit A, 1845 Dian St, Makati, Metro Manila 1235 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8552 7826
Philstar International Service Corp.Address:  Room 201 Cecileville Building, 1211 Quezon Ave, Sta Cruz, Quezon City, Metro Manila 1104 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8983 5065
PSC Primary Skills Inc. (Makati)Address:  Unit 401 Acrocity Building, 
1116 Antipolo St., Brgy Poblacion 
Makati City, Metro Manila 
 
Contact Number: 0917 853 4575
Staffhouse International Resources (Makati)Address: 43 West Point, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila 1109 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8913 3333
The JobConnections International Manpower Services, Inc.Address: Suite 305 3rd Floor AP Building, Pedro Gil St, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila 1000 
 
Contact Number: (02) 8286 5099

3. Are there agencies for Canada that are based in Cebu?

Yes, there are also recruitment agencies based in Cebu. Listed below are those with active job orders as of September 23, 2021.

Name of Cebu-based Agency Agency Details
FIL-HR Manpower Development & Services Specialist Corporation (Cebu)Address: 3/F Room 304 LDM Building, MJ Cuenco Street, Cebu City, Cebu 6000 
 
Contact Number: (032) 254 6534
International Skill Development, Inc. (Cebu)Address: Room 201 LDM Building, MJ Cuenco Ave, Cebu, City, Cebu 6000 
 
Contact Number: (032) 253 9605
JobsGlobal.com Employment Services Inc. (Cebu)Address: Raintree Mall, General Maxilom Ave, Cebu City, Cebu 6000 
 
Contact Number: 0917 307 2203
Omanfil International Manpower Development Corporation (Cebu)Address: Gov M Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, Cebu 6000 
 
Contact Number: (032) 266 6888
PSC Primary Skills Inc. (Cebu)Address: Unit 2 G/F East Aurora Tower, 
3 Pre. Quezon St, Villa Aurora, 
Brgy Kasambagan, Cebu City, Cebu 
 
Contact Number: 0917 633 0209
Staffhouse International Resources (Cebu)Address: Unit 506 Krizia Bldg, 110 Gorordo Ave, Cebu City, Cebu 6000 
 
Contact Number: (032) 260 2085

4. Are there jobs in Canada available for Filipinos without experience?

Yes. There are jobs that have minimal requirements in terms of education and experience. These are usually laborer-type jobs that involve physically demanding work. As of September 2021, the POEA database of job orders for Canada shows that there is a high demand for production workers and farmworkers. For these jobs, it is up to the employer to decide on how strict they’ll be on the requirements. Although, if you have a related education or experience in the same field, you would be more appealing to your prospective employers.

5. How much can I earn as a Filipino skilled worker in Canada?

It depends on your qualifications. The salary for lower-skilled jobs, such as farmworkers and machine operators, typically hovers around the minimum wage. However, for highly skilled jobs, such as equipment mechanics, the starting salary can go up to double the minimum wage. 

6. How much is the minimum wage in Canada?

The minimum wage in Canada is different per province and territory. As of October 1, 202124, these are the minimum hourly rates (Canadian Dollars) : 

  • Alberta – $15
  • British Columbia – $15.20 
  • Manitoba – $11.95 
  • New Brunswick – $11.75 
  • Newfoundland & Labrador – $12.75 
  • Northwest Territories – $15.20 
  • Nova Scotia – $12.95 
  • Nunavut – $16 
  • Ontario – $14.35 
  • Prince Edward Island – $13 
  • Quebec – $13.50 
  • Saskatchewan – $11.81 
  • Yukon – $13.85 

7. How much is the cost of living in Canada?

The cost of living in Canada is different depending on where you live and your lifestyle. According to WOWA25, a Canadian leader in the real estate and finance industries, you should consider the following costs: 

  • Housing Costs – which includes rent, electricity, phone and internet costs. 
  • Food & Groceries – which is the average cost to feed you and your family. 
  • Transportation – which includes gas, insurance, and maintenance. 
  • Childcare – which is the cost of caring for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  

As of January 202126, the average cost of living in Canada is $2,730 monthly. Here are some examples of the cost of living in popular Canadian cities for a one-child family: 

  • Toronto, Ontario – $5,523 
  • London, Ontario – $3,990 
  • Vancouver, British Columbia – $4,557 
  • Calgary, Alberta – $4,240 
  • Edmonton, Alberta – $3,989 
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba – $3,324 
  • Montreal, Québec – $2,627 
  • Québec City, Québec – $2,623 
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia – $3,700 

8. How can Canadian employers hire Filipinos through POEA?

Canadian employers who wish to hire Filipinos through POEA need to check the laws, rules, and regulations on overseas employment at the POEA website27. Of particular importance are the guidelines on the recruitment and deployment of OFWs to Canada. It covers everything from the registration of the Canadian employer to the approval of job orders.

9. Can I get a job in Canada without going through recruitment agencies?

POEA, in general, restricts the direct hiring of Filipino workers by overseas employers, including those in Canada. The restriction is there to protect you from illegal recruitment and other scams. If you receive a job offer from a Canadian employer without going through a recruitment agency, you and your future employer still need to go through both Philippine and Canadian government processing before you can work in Canada.

For example, you work at a local branch of a Canadian company, and you were invited to work in Canada. You’d need to get an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) specifically for direct-hire OFWs. Your employer also needs to work with their government to get their positive LMIA or Labor Market Impact Assessment28. That’s why it’s highly recommended to work with POEA-accredited agencies, both for you and your employer.

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