By JEANDIE O. GALOLOISOLDE D. AMANTE/sunstar.com.ph
Filipino nurses are needed in Canada.
That’s according to immigration consultancy firm Enhance Visa, who noted a demand for at least 60,000 nurses in the country by 2020, quoting the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).
Occupations listed in Canada’s labor shortage include nurses specializing in burns, dialysis, and cardiology, as well as psychiatric nurses and nurse technicians.
“The average age of a nurse in Canada is 55 years old. If we don’t get younger nurses into the workforce, there’ll be an even greater gap that the country would need to fill in the future,” said Tony Burke, vice president of the OMNI College of Nursing in Vancouver, Canada during the Canada Nursing Career Expo in Radisson Blu Hotel last Saturday.
Enhance Visa, which organized the expo, said it specializes in immigration solutions through its Study to Permanent Residency Pathways in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
OMNI College of Nursing and Enhance Visa have been partners for many years, said Burke. The school specializes in training nurses with skills in line with Canada’s requirements as well as providing language preparation courses for the Canadian Nursing Licensure exam.
Today, Enhance Visa will be in Bacolod City for the expo and will be in Iloilo City tomorrow.
According to the Canadian Magazine of Immigration website, sourcing statistics from the Canadian government, Filipino immigrants to Canada almost doubled from 232,665 in 2001 to 454,335 in 2011. This makes Filipino-Canadians one of the largest foreign-born groups, and the number is growing yearly due to Canada’s more liberal immigration laws to compensate for its low population growth.
According to its latest Survey on Overseas Filipinos, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported that there were 2.44 million overseas Filipino workers in 2015, about five percent more than their ranks in the year before that.
About 95,000 were professionals, who accounted for nearly four percent of the group. Laborers and unskilled workers accounted for more than 330,000 or about 14 percent of all overseas Filipino workers.
The second largest group were service workers and sales workers, who numbered 177,000 or about seven percent of the group as of 2015.
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