Canada Pilots Program to Streamline Work Permit Applications in the Philippines

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the launch of CAN Work Philippines at the Canadian visa office in Manila, a pilot program allowing eligible Canadian employers to schedule group appointments for medical examinations and biometrics for potential employees.

The pilot is open to Canadian employers recruiting from the Philippines and hiring approximately 50 or more workers, or for critical occupations in sectors such as health care, construction and agri-food.

Filipino nationals are among the top recipients of Canadian work permits. For the first six months of 2023, one in every ten Temporary Foreign Worker Program work permits were issued to Filipino nationals.

On 6 June 2023, Canada announced expanded access to its Electronic Travel Authorization Program to include the Philippines, giving more Filipinos access to visa-free entry to Canada by air.

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