Last Updated on 10/20/2021 by FilipiKnow
Are you a Filipino looking for a job opportunity in Canada?
It’s no secret that many Filipinos immigrate to Canada for a better life for themselves and their family. Benefits such as higher wages, free healthcare, and free education for children are all very appealing.
In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn how to get a job in Canada from the Philippines, plus tips and tricks to help you get one step closer to your Canadian dream.
Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- At a Glance: Latest POEA Jobs in Canada for Filipinos (Updated Weekly).
- Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in Canada for Filipinos.
- Filipinos in Canada: An Overview.
- Why work in Canada?
- How to Work in Canada: A Step-by-Step Guide for Filipinos.
- 1. Know your options and eligibility.
- 2. Search for a job.
- 3. Wait for the documentary requirements to arrive.
- 4. Apply for a work permit.
- 5. Prepare to become an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).
- 6. Arrive in Canada.
- Tips and Warnings.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
- 1. How can I work as a caregiver in Canada?
- 2. How much is the salary of a caregiver in Canada?
- 3. How can I become a permanent resident in Canada as a caregiver?
- 4. What are the pros and cons of living/working in Canada?
- 5. What are the different pathways for immigrating to Canada?
- 6. Is it too cold in Canada?
- 7. Which city in Canada is the coldest?
- 8. What are winters like in Canada?
- 9. How much snow does Canada get?
- 10. What is the warmest place in Canada in the winter?
- 11. How long does winter last in Canada?
- 12. What are the most in-demand jobs in Canada for Filipinos?
- 13. How much does it cost to live in Canada per month?
- 14. How much money do you need to immigrate to Canada?
- 15. Can I go to Canada without a job offer?
At a Glance: Latest POEA Jobs in Canada for Filipinos (Updated Weekly).
The jobs listed below were culled from various sources, namely the POEA database, job portal, as well as the official websites and social media pages of the recruitment agencies. Take note that only the newest jobs (i.e., jobs posted within the last two weeks) from agencies with valid POEA licenses have been selected. The list below will be updated every week.
For more details about each of the jobs listed below, please go to this page: POEA-Licensed Agencies for Canada with New Job Orders (Updated Weekly)
|Position||POEA-Licensed Agency||Date Posted|
|Welder / Assembler||Chartreuse Prime Recruitment Speacialists Inc. (Formerly Chartreuse Promotion) (License valid until December 6, 2022)||October 18, 2021|
|Conveyor Belt Splicer||Industrial Personnel & Management Services Inc. (IPAMS) (License valid until April 4, 2024)||October 18, 2021|
|Industrial Meat Cutter and De-boner||International Staffing Organization Inc. (License valid until December 6, 2022)||October 18, 2021|
|M365 Customer Service/M365 Technical Support||Omanfil International Manpower Development Corporation (License valid until September 25, 2026)||October 18, 2021|
|Cabinet Maker||1st Dynamic Personnel Resources, Inc. (License valid until April 8, 2022)||October 14, 2021|
|Welder Assembler (MIG)||Industrial Personnel & Management Services Inc. (IPAMS) (License valid until April 4, 2024)||October 14, 2021|
|Machinist CNC (5-Axis)||Industrial Personnel & Management Services Inc. (IPAMS) (License valid until April 4, 2024)||October 14, 2021|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||Industrial Personnel & Management Services Inc. (IPAMS) (License valid until April 4, 2024)||October 13, 2021|
|Robotic Welders||EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc. (License valid until June 20, 2026)||October 12, 2021|
|Mechanical Press Operators||EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc. (License valid until June 20, 2026)||October 12, 2021|
|Car Body Repairers||EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc. (License valid until June 20, 2026)||October 12, 2021|
|Truck Mechanics||EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc. (License valid until June 20, 2026)||October 12, 2021|
|CNC Lathe Machinists||EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc. (License valid until June 20, 2026)||October 12, 2021|
|CNC Milling Machinists||EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc. (License valid until June 20, 2026)||October 12, 2021|
|Conventional Machinists||EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc. (License valid until June 20, 2026)||October 12, 2021|
|Welders (TIG, MIG, SMAW, FCAW)||EDI Staffbuilders International, Inc. (License valid until June 20, 2026)||October 12, 2021|
|Food Service Supervisor||Industrial Personnel & Management Services Inc. (IPAMS) (License valid until April 4, 2024)||October 12, 2021|
|Upholstery||1st Dynamic Personnel Resources, Inc. (License valid until April 8, 2022)||October 11, 2021|
|Sheet Metal Worker||Chartreuse Prime Recruitment Speacialists Inc. (Formerly Chartreuse Promotion) (License valid until December 6, 2022)||October 8, 2021|
|GTAW & GMAW Aluminum Welder||Chartreuse Prime Recruitment Speacialists Inc. (Formerly Chartreuse Promotion) (License valid until December 6, 2022)||October 5, 2021|
|Auto Mechanic/Technician||1st Dynamic Personnel Resources, Inc. (License valid until April 8, 2022)||October 1, 2021|
|Bindery Machine Operator||Magsaysay Global Services, Inc. (For MLI Resources, Inc.) (License valid until March 17, 2022)||September 29, 2021|
|Swine Technician||Magsaysay Global Services, Inc. (For MLI Resources, Inc.) (License valid until March 17, 2022)||September 29, 2021|
|Butcher or Meat Cutter||Magsaysay Global Services, Inc. (For MLI Resources, Inc.) (License valid until March 17, 2022)||September 29, 2021|
|Industrial Butcher||MEC International Manpower Resources, Inc. (License valid until January 6, 2024)||September 28, 2021|
|Heavy Duty Truck Mechanic||1st Dynamic Personnel Resources, Inc. (License valid until April 8, 2022)||September 24, 2021|
|Wood Machine Operator||1st Dynamic Personnel Resources, Inc. (License valid until April 8, 2022)||September 23, 2021|
|Industrial Butcher||1st Dynamic Personnel Resources, Inc. (License valid until April 8, 2022)||September 22, 2021|
Update: 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.
Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in Canada for Filipinos.
The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) keeps and updates a database of job vacancies in Canada as provided by their accredited recruitment agencies. Using the data from their database, here are the top 10 most in-demand jobs in Canada for Filipinos as of 2021:
1. Equipment Mechanics.
Job Overview: Heavy-duty equipment mechanics check and maintain construction, agricultural and industrial equipment necessary for day-to-day operations. Heavy-duty equipment and electrical mechanics are in high demand among Canada’s agricultural and industrial sectors. Industrial mechanics work in manufacturing plants, utilities, and other industrial establishments. Agricultural mechanics work in farms, greenhouses, and livestock production facilities.
Salary: From $20/hour to $47/hour (in Canadian Dollars), as reported by the Canadian Government’s Job Bank Website.
- Education: Finishing secondary school is usually required. This is the equivalent of a high school diploma in the Philippines.
- Experience & Certification: Finishing a 3-4 year apprenticeship program OR a combination of 5+ years of work experience in the trade AND some high school, college or industry courses in industrial machinery repair or millwrighting is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
- Specialized mechanics may require additional trade certification. Example: Textile machinery mechanics hired from other industries may require additional training in textile process and experience as a textile manufacturing machinery operator.
Job Variations: Mechanic Agricultural Equipment, Electromechanic, Mechanic Industrial, Millwright
2. Supervisors and Managers.
Job Overview: A supervisor or manager oversees the staff in doing their work to ensure the proper completion of business objectives. They are also in charge of staff training, customer complaint resolution, marketing implementation, revenue monitoring, and other day-to-day business operations. Currently, supervisors and managers are in demand in the foodservice, hotel, and manufacturing industries in Canada.
Salary: From $12/hour to $40/hour
- Education: Finishing secondary school is usually required
- Experience: At least 2 years of experience in the corresponding industry
- There may be additional requirements depending on the industry. For example, supervisors in manufacturing plants may be required to be physically fit or to know how to operate a forklift.
Job Variations: Supervisor Fast Food, Supervisor Housekeeping, Manager Restaurant
3. Machine Operators.
Job Overview: Machine operators are responsible for using highly specialized machines to complete tasks for the business. Machine operators usually work in the manufacturing and construction industries. Those working in the manufacturing industries use machines to make high-quality products that the company sells. Meanwhile, machine operators in construction typically use heavy equipment such as bulldozers and excavators.
Salary: From $14/hour to $30/hour
- Education: Finishing secondary school is usually required
- Experience & Certification: Finishing a 1 to 3 year apprenticeship program OR high school, college or industry courses in the specific machine operated are usually required
- Trade certification in the specific machine operated may be required depending on the province or territory
- Since this is a physically demanding job, physical fitness may be required
Job Variations: Heavy Equipment Operator, Lead-Bindery Machine Operator, Logging Machinery Operator
4. Production Workers.
Job Overview: Production workers are responsible for making products in an industrial setting such as those in factories for food, electronics, and other products. They usually work in highly specialized individual stations where they perform tasks such as product assembly, sorting, and quality control.
Salary: From $12/hour to $35/hour
- The requirements for production workers aren’t as strict as the other jobs on this list. It’s up to the employer to decide. There are companies that require work experience and educational level, but also other employers that don’t need these requirements.
Job Variations: Worker Foundry, Worker Food Processing, Factory Worker
Job Overview: Unlike machine operators, machinists not only operate heavy machinery but also have the knowledge to set up these machines. They set up and operate machines that are used to cut or form metal, wood, plastic, and other materials to create precise parts and products. Their tasks include reading engineering plans, directing machine operations, and repairing machine tools.
Salary: From $16/hour to $35/hour
- Education: Finishing secondary school is usually required
- Experience & Certification: Finishing a 4-year apprenticeship program OR a combination of 4+ years of work experience in the trade AND some college or industry courses in machining is usually required to be eligible for trade certification
- Trade certification for machinists are voluntary in all provinces and territories
- Trade certification for machinists (CNC) is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Québec and Manitoba
Job Variations: Machinist CNC, Machinist Conventional, Machinist/Mold Maker
Job Overview: Welders use welding equipment to join metal parts such as pipes, sheets, and other components used in manufacturing and construction. Their tasks include interpreting welding process specifications, operating flame-cutting, soldering, and metal shaping equipment, and conducting tests for welding quality and tolerance.
Salary: From$18/hour to $40/hour
- Education: Finishing secondary school is usually required
- Experience & Certification: Finishing a 3-year apprenticeship program OR a combination of 3+ years of work experience in the trade AND some college or industry courses is usually required to be eligible for a trade certification
- Trade certification is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and territories.
Job Variations: Welder Production, Welder Fabrication, Welder/Assembler
7. Automotive Mechanics, Painters, and Body Workers.
Job Overview: Automotive mechanics, painters, and bodyworkers keep cars, trucks, and other vehicles running smoothly for businesses and individual customers. Their tasks include running diagnostic tests, doing routine maintenance, and repairing or replacing broken parts.
Salary: Starts from $15/hour to $38/hour
- Education: Finishing secondary school is usually required
- Experience & Certification: Finishing a 4-year automotive service technician apprenticeship program OR a combination of 4+ years of work experience in the trade AND high school, college or industry courses in automotive technology is required to be eligible for trade certification
- Trade certification for automotive service technicians is required in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, and Alberta; and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
- Certifications for automotive service technicians in the transmission, steering, suspension, and brakes specializations may be required depending on the province
- Truck and trailer mechanics are classified differently and need their own certifications
Job Variations: Mechanic Automotive, Automotive Painter & Repairer, Denter Automobile, Mechanic Road Truck
8. Farm Workers.
Job Overview: A farmworker is a laborer in the agricultural industry. They may be assigned tasks such as taking care of livestock, cultivating and harvesting crops and maintaining farm equipment.
Salary: From $12/hour to $27/hour
- There are no specific education or training requirements.
- Education and experience related to farming will make you more appealing to employers
Job Variations: Worker Agricultural, Herdsperson Swine, Worker Greenhouse
9. Transport Truck Drivers.
Job Overview: Transport truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods over short and long distances. They are usually employed in the manufacturing, logistics, and construction industries. Their duties include doing preventive maintenance, ensuring the safety of their cargo, and coordinating with the company’s dispatch team.
Salary: From $15/hour to $33/hour
- Education: Finishing secondary school is usually required
- Certification: Finishing an accredited driver training course of up to 3 months duration, through a vocational school or community college, may be required
- A license or certification may be required to drive long combination vehicles, straight-body trucks, vehicles equipped with air brakes and other special trucks.
- Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) certification is required for drivers who transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.
Job Variations: Long Haul Truck Driver, Flatbed Truck Driver, Truck-Trailer Driver
Job Overview: A cook is responsible for the preparation of a wide variety of foods in a restaurant, hospital, school, hotel, or other establishment. A cook handles tasks such as ordering supplies, cooking meals, planning menus and cleaning the kitchen.
Salary: From $12/hour to $20/hour
- Education: Finishing secondary school is usually required
- Experience & Certification: Finishing a 3-year apprenticeship program for cooks OR finishing college or other program in cooking OR several years of commercial cooking experience are required
- Some establishments require a food sanitation and hygiene certificate
Job Variations: Line Cook, BBQ Cook
Filipinos in Canada: An Overview.
Since the 1930s, many Filipinos have decided to call Canada their home.
As of April 2018, there are a total of 901,218 Filipinos in Canada (or 2.6% of Canada’s national population) who came to the country as temporary foreign workers (TFWs), permanent residents, or naturalized Canadians1.
The statistics show significant growth as it was only 2 years earlier when the census reported 837,130 people identifying themselves as having Filipino ethnic origin (see image below).
Today, the Philippines continues to be a leading source of immigrants to Canada, followed by India, China, and Iran.
Most Filipinos initially work in Canada as temporary foreign workers, and then apply for a permanent resident status once they get the opportunity.
As a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, you have plenty of privileges under your belt. These include the ability to sponsor your family members–including your parents and grandparents–for Canadian immigration.
Not only are you helping to improve your social status by working in Canada but also indirectly saving the Philippine economy. In fact, in 2017 alone, remittances from Filipinos in Canada increased by 12.6% (from USD 572,820,000 in 2016 to USD 644,754,000 in 2017).
Why work in Canada?
Canada has consistently ranked among the best countries in the world for immigrants because of its outstanding healthcare system, spectacular natural beauty, stable economy, plenty of job opportunities, and overall great quality of life.
The country is also ideal for Filipinos who prefer to study before finding a job. Unlike its neighboring country the US, Canada allows its students to work 20 hours a week either on or off-campus.
In addition to that, you can also bring your spouse with you and let him/her work full-time for the duration of your studies, something that international students in the US with F-2 status aren’t allowed to do.
Most importantly, working in Canada as a temporary foreign worker gives you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to upgrade to permanent resident status.
Aside from living in a country that truly values your hard work, you’ll also gain Canadian citizenship with a passport that can take you anywhere in the world without applying for a visa.
Related Article: How to Get a Philippine Passport: An Ultimate Guide
How to Work in Canada: A Step-by-Step Guide for Filipinos.
1. Know your options and eligibility.
Two things may hamper you from finding a job in Canada: It’s either you (1) don’t have the necessary qualifications, skills, and employment background or you are (2) “inadmissible,” meaning you are not allowed to come to Canada under Canada’s immigration law2.
If you don’t fall in the second category, you may have the chance to work in Canada assuming that you have the right skills to do so.
Canada offers different programs for immigrants, and it will be up to you if you prefer to be a permanent resident upon arrival in Canada or be employed as a temporary foreign worker.
a. Express Entry.
If you want to work and move to Canada permanently, you must be a skilled worker qualified in one of the three Express Entry programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program which requires Filipino applicants to have the education, language ability, and skilled work experience in any of Canada’s 300+ eligible occupations3. This is a point-based system so once you make it into the Express Entry pool, you’ll be ranked according to the number of points you earn. The highest-ranking applicants are usually invited to apply for permanent residence.
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), launched in January 2013, puts more value on one’s practical training than formal education. To qualify for FSTP, the applicant must have at least 2 years of work experience within the last 5 years in one of the eligible skilled trades.
- Canadian Experience Class is for those who already have skilled work experience in Canada.
In addition to the three Express Entry programs above, you may also be picked through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which is for people who have the qualifications and have been nominated by a specific Canadian province/territory to immigrate to Canada.
To find out if you’re eligible in any of the three Express Entry programs above, you can fill out this form.
Based on your answers, the system will determine if you’re qualified for any of the programs and what you need to do next in case you are. You will also be added to the pool of candidates for immigration and possibly get an invitation to immigrate.
Now here’s a caveat: If you apply for any of the above-mentioned programs, it may take ages before your application can be approved–especially if you have no qualifying job offer.
This is when the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program comes to the picture.
b. Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program.
Under this program, Filipinos are hired by employers who are able to prove that there’s a shortage of people in Canada with the skills and experience they’re looking for.
Hard-working Filipinos consider the TFW program as a stepping stone to becoming a Canadian citizen. This is because after gaining enough experience, they become eligible to apply for permanent resident status through the Canadian Experience Class.
2. Search for a job.
At this point, you’ve probably decided which path to getting a job in Canada is the best fit for you. Of course, the next step would be finding an employer who is willing to hire you.
If you’re eligible for the Express Entry programs and you want to become a permanent resident in the shortest amount of time, I encourage you to apply through the Job Bank.
The Job Bank is Canada’s official job site which matches Express Entry candidates with the eligible employers. Express Entry candidates with job offers earn higher points, not to mention the convenience of arriving in Canada with a job already waiting for you.
For Filipino caregivers and other skilled workers who want to go to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, you can find jobs at recruitment agencies accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
In fact, a 2018 notice from the website of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Vancouver reveals that the direct hiring of Filipinos has been put on hold and only those that have been hired by the members of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, high-ranking government officials, and other qualified employers are exempted from this ban.
As a result, the only way for the majority of Filipinos to get a job in Canada is through a POEA-accredited recruitment agency.
To find out which agencies in the Philippines have a valid license, go to this link and click All Agencies With Valid License.
Take note that the license has a validity period of 4 years. The list of recruitment agencies with a valid license may change without prior notice so make sure to check this link before you apply to any job opening.
Updated List of Licensed Recruitment Agencies for Canada Employment.
For this list, we’ve only chosen recruitment agencies with licenses that are valid beyond 2020 and official websites that are accessible. This list doesn’t attempt to be comprehensive as recruitment agencies tend to renew their licenses without prior notice. So do your own research and check the legitimacy of the agency using the guideline we suggested previously.
- Mercan Canada Employment Philippines, Inc. This is a private employment agency located at Units 502 & 506 Galleria Corporate Tower, Edsa Cor., Ortigas, Quezon City. They have a license that is valid until July 20, 2022. You may contact them via their official website, email address ([email protected]), or telephone (9108010 – 14).
- 1st Dynamic Personnel Resources Inc. This is another private employment agency with an office at 3F, JLC Bldg., No. 8, N. Ramirez St., Don Manuel, Quezon City. They’ve been issued a license that will remain valid until April 8, 2022. To inquire about available job order, you can reach them through their official website, email address ([email protected]), or telephone at (02) 7984048.
- Advance Productions Inc. This is an employment agency that accepts applications for manpower pooling of Filipino caregivers, construction workers, and other skilled and semi-skilled workers. Their office is located at #5 Morning Glory St., Brgy. Pilar Village, Las Piñas. They have a license that is valid until September 23, 2023. You can contact them via their official company website, email address ([email protected]), or one of the following telephone numbers: 88058716 /8000126 / 88058716/ 09177089400
- EDI-Staffbuilders International Inc. This is a private employment agency with offices at Units 701, 703, and 704 of Corporate Center, 139 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati. They have an active license to operate that will remain valid until June 20, 2026. Although they have an official website, it’s not as user-friendly as other agencies’ websites on this list. Nevertheless, you can contact them regarding available job orders through their official email address ([email protected]) and telephone numbers at 8126703 – 04/8921814.
- Industrial Personnel and Management Services, Inc. (IPAMS). This company is a private employment agency with an office at IPAMS Bldg., 723 Aurora Blvd., New Manila, Quezon City. Their license is valid until April 11, 2024. You can inquire about one of their numerous Canada job orders through their official website, email address ([email protected] / [email protected]), or one of these telephone numbers: 234-5640 / 234-5641 / 0917828778
- International Staffing Organization, Inc. This is an employment agency with an office address at 5F PDCP Bank Ctr Bldg., V.A. Rufino St., Salcedo Village, Makati. Their license is valid until December 6, 2022. To make inquiries about their job orders available for manpower pooling, you can go straight to their website or contact them via email ([email protected]) or telephone number 8121129.
- Magsaysay Global Services, Inc. This is a land-based manpower agency with a network of offices in the Philippines, China, and Indonesia. Their Philippine office is located at Unit SV-1A, 7F, Times Plaza Bldg., U.N. Avenue cor Taft, Ermita, Manila. With a license valid until March 17, 2022, Magsaysay Global Services Inc. can be reached through their official website, email address ([email protected]), and telephone numbers 86289730 / 85672222 ext 9781.
- OMANFIL International Manpower Development Corporation. One of the biggest manpower agencies in the Philippines, OMANFIL has recruited thousands of Filipinos to different countries around the world since 1978. Their license is valid until September 25, 2026. You can contact the company via their official website, email address ([email protected]), and telephone numbers 8211650-55/8222141-45.
- Peridot International Resources, Inc. Established in 2000, this Filipino-owned overseas land-based recruitment agency has an office address at Units A & B 1845 Dian cor. Boyle Streets, Palanan, Makati. Their POEA license is valid until August 10, 2022. For inquiries, you may contact them via email ([email protected] / [email protected]) or telephone numbers 5527826 / 09998899242 / 09275747652 / 09258833288.
How to Search for Canada Jobs via POEA Website.
For the latest job vacancies in Canada, go to this link and choose Canada from the Select Country drop-down menu. You can sort the results by agency, position, or the date the job order was approved.
Click Submit to show the updated list of Canada job orders available for Filipinos.
Some of the in-demand jobs in Canada that recruitment agencies in the Philippines are offering include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Food Service Supervisor
- Fast Food Restaurant Staff/Manager
- Apiary Worker
- Sawmill Operator
- Farm Worker
The list above only shows some of the active job orders at the time I was writing this article. POEA doesn’t guarantee if the job orders are still active or not so make sure to verify the job’s availability with the agency.
After ensuring that the recruitment agency has a valid license, reach out to them via their website or Facebook page. Otherwise, call them and let them confirm if the job order is still available before you personally submit your application.
In case you encounter illegal recruiters, you may report it to POEA through the following:
POEA Hotline: 722-11-44/722-11-55
Email address: [email protected]
Office address: Blas F. Ople Building, Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City
3. Wait for the documentary requirements to arrive.
After finding a prospective employer who is willing to hire you, all you need to do is wait for the necessary documents to arrive.
In Canada, employers who were not able to find any Canadian available for the position they offer are required to apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
A positive LMIA means there’s no Canadian available to do the job and there’s a need for a foreign worker (in this case, a Filipino) to fill the job vacancy. A positive LMIA is also called a confirmation letter.
Once the employer receives a positive result, he/she will send you the LMIA along with the job offer and contract.
As for the job offer, make sure to review specific details as soon as you receive the document. Important sections that you need to review include Salary and Benefits, Job Description, and Working Hours.
Never accept a job offer from someone who is asking you for money or your credit card information.
After receiving the required documents from your employer, you can now apply for a work permit (and temporary resident visa, if required).
Did you know? Not all employers are required to obtain LMIA. To verify if your job offer needs LMIA, check this link for the Labor Market Impact Assessment exemption codes.
4. Apply for a work permit.
Now that you already have the LMIA and the job offer from your employer, you can now apply for your work permit at designated visa application centers.
To apply for a work permit, you will need all of the following:
- Job Offer Letter
- Copy of the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
- LMIA Number
Take note that not all jobs require a work permit. For a complete list of jobs that don’t need a work permit, please refer to this link. In case you don’t need such a permit, you are still required by law to apply for a visa before going to Canada.
There are two types of work permits in Canada:
- Employer-specific work permit which prohibits you from working for other employers except for the one who initially hired you. This states the name of the specific employer you will work for in Canada, how long you’ll work, and the location/place where you’ll be employed.
- Open-work permit, as its name suggests, allows you to openly work for any employer in Canada. However, an open-work permit is only given to a limited number of candidates. Check out this list to know if you’re eligible to get this type of work permit.
Not sure which type of work permit you’re qualified for? Answer the questions on this page to find out.
How to Apply for a Work Permit for Canada in the Philippines.
a. Submit your application.
You have the choice to apply either on paper or online.
However, online application is recommended not only because it’s quicker and cheaper (no need to pay for courier fees), but it also ensures that you can submit additional documents quickly should they request for them.
In addition to that, you can get real-time updates on the status of your application through your online account. To start applying for a work permit, go to this link.
b. Provide your fingerprints and photo (biometrics).
After submitting your application and paying the required biometrics fee, you’ll receive an instruction letter with details on how and where to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photos).
You only have up to 30 days to give your biometrics in person at designated application centers in the Philippines.
As of this writing, there is a Canada visa application center (CVAC) in Manila and another one in Cebu where Filipino workers bound to Canada can provide their biometrics. You can visit this website for more info.
c. Undergo a medical exam.
Once they’ve confirmed that the documents you’ve submitted are complete, you may be asked to go to an interview with Canada’s representative in the Philippines.
For some candidates, a medical exam is required. In case you’re one of those who need to go through a medical examination, you’ll be instructed by the representative who’ll interview you about where and how the medical exam will take place.
d. Wait for the approval letter.
If your application is approved, you’ll receive a letter that says you can work in Canada within the time frame specified in your contract.
Remember, this letter is not your work permit. Bring this letter when you travel to Canada. The work permit is only issued to Filipino workers upon arrival in Canada.
5. Prepare to become an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).
Now that you have a work permit, the only thing standing between you and your dream job in Canada is the Philippine government.
As a soon-to-be overseas Filipino worker (OFW), you’re required to undergo the Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS). This free service is offered by the POEA to teach aspiring OFWs about overseas job application procedures, the documents/costs involved, as well as ways to prevent illegal recruitment.
All Filipino workers bound to Canada are also required to apply for an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which is a document you show to the Philippine immigrant officials on your departure date so they can allow you to leave.
6. Arrive in Canada.
When you arrive in Canada, don’t expect the border services officer (BSO) to give you the work permit right away.
You’ll go through a meticulous screening procedure to help them ensure that you’re the same person who has been approved to work in Canada.
After the initial identity check (during which your fingerprints are checked and compared against their records), you’ll be asked to present the following entry requirements:
- Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction.
- Your passport.
- Your visa (if applicable).
- Travel documents like airline tickets, etc.
- Supporting documents such as a copy of your employer’s positive LMIA (if requested), proof of work experience/education, or offer of employment number (which your employer received after submitting the offer of employment through the Employer Portal). The offer of employment number is applicable only to those who are exempted from submitting LMIA and arriving in Canada to work for a specific employer.
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As soon as the BSO confirms that you can enter Canada, they will now print your actual work permit. The BSO will also stamp on your passport and inform you how long you can stay in Canada.
Make sure you give honest answers when interviewed by the BSO. Filipino workers under the TFW program may be denied entry if they’re unable to prove to the BSO with their answers and documents that they’re going to leave Canada at the end of their approved stay.
Tips and Warnings.
- Get your credentials assessed before applying and moving to Canada. Your education, work experience and professional credentials need to be assessed by an assessment agency to confirm that you are fit to work there, particularly for regulated jobs. This will take time and money.
- Do your research to ensure that you are paid right. The general minimum wage4 in Ontario is $14.35/hour as of October 2021. Please note that it can differ per province or territory.
- Plan your living expenses. It’s not enough to just look at the potential salary increase you get when deciding to move to Canada. In 2021, the average cost of living in Canada is $2,730 monthly. It’s even more expensive in highly populated cities such as Toronto. You should calculate your expenses accordingly to decide if it’s worth the move.
- Don’t forget about income taxes and mandated government contributions when calculating your potential earnings.
Frequently Asked Questions.
- Conchas, A. Filipinos in Canada. Retrieved 22 October 2019, from https://ottawape.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/2016-04-12-08-34-55/filipino-diaspora
- About inadmissibility. Retrieved 22 October 2019, from https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/inadmissibility.html
- Find your NOC. (2019). Retrieved 22 October 2019, from https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/eligibility/find-national-occupation-code.html
- Minimum Wage by Province. (2021). Retrieved 7 October 2021, from https://www.retailcouncil.org/resources/quick-facts/minimum-wage-by-province/