Saskatchewan health minister Paul Merriman is leading a five-day recruitment mission to the Philippines from November 28 to December 2
as part of the provincial government’s efforts at promoting health care employment opportunities.
Officials and representatives from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), universities and polytechnic joined Merriman in the recruitment of health care workers including registered nurses, care assistants and other health care professionals.
Representatives from the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan are in the Philippines to provide recommendations on the credentials Filipino nurses will need in order to work in the province.
Merriman confirmed that more than 70 nurses from the Philippines are ready to work in the province which is currently working its way through more than 3,000 applications from health care workers in the Philippines. Another 40 Filipino applicants are also working through the application process with the help of the SHA.
In a media release prior to leaving for the Philippines, Merriman said, “I am honoured to lead Saskatchewan’s delegation on this important mission that builds on our province’s strong and meaningful relationship with the Philippines.” He added, “I look forward to connecting with leadership within the Philippine government and discussing how we can work together in health care and other areas.”
The five-day undertaking involves a series of information sessions for Filipino health care workers interested in moving to Saskatchewan as well as in-person interviews with qualified candidates which could lead to conditional job offers.
Saskatchewan’s minister of rural and remote health Everett Hindly said, “We’re spreading the word far and wide that opportunities are available at every stage, from recent graduates to experienced professionals from here and abroad. Saskatchewan is a great place to build your career and enjoy a high quality of life.”
The recruitment mission is part of the province’s four-point action plan it revealed in September.