This is not a sponsored post. It is written for Filipinos looking for jobs in Canada through accredited agencies in the Philippines. Any links leading to a recruitment agency is NOT an endorsement.
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions on how to apply as a caregiver in Canada from the Philippines.
And one of the frequent question our kababayan ask is what are the accredited agencies in the Philippines that can help a worker find an employer in Canada.
Tip: Before you proceed on seeking assistance of an agency, why not spend sometime to learn the process of hiring a foreign worker in Canada:
- Find out what immigration programs you can apply for. (ANSWER some questions to have a quick reference of what programs matches your skills.)
- Read the Publications and Manuals. Don’t miss the Opportunities to Work in Canada for an overview of the current programs for foreign workers.
I know looking for a job in Canada requires a lot of READING.
Don’t worry I’ve read all the links that I mentioned here. I chose carefully the most relevant and important information that I somehow had an information overload.
But you don’t have to get lost in the vast space of Internet.
So before we move on please, please, please, click the links that I’ve mentioned above. It’s all worthwhile.
Remember: The first goal is to not become a victim of SCAM on the Internet. Second is to find a legitimate job in Canada.
OK, we are done with reminders. From here onwards, I’ll guide you on how to find accredited recruitment agencies through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
List of Agencies on POEA
On POEA’s website, you can find a list of agencies in the Philippines. You can find out the different status of recruitment agencies:
- Ceased operations
- Valid license
The list constantly changes so you have to frequently checked the license validity (4 years) of the agency. It may have a valid license today but what about tomorrow.
Note: The agencies have two categories. landbased recruitment agencies provides assistance for jobs on land setting while manning agencies act as an employment agencies for seafarers/seaman.
Accredited Agencies n The Philippines Offering Jobs in Canada
Now that you know how to check for the status of a company, let’s find out what are the available jobs in Canada.
- Check the available job orders by position, country, or agency.
- Click the link “Search Available Job Orders by Country.”
- Choose CANADA, in the Select Country drop-down menu.
- A list of Job Orders is displayed such as:
Labourer Food Processing
- Choose a job posting and verify with the agency if the job order is still active or not.
- Go to Landbased recruitment agencies with valid license to find out the contact information of the agency. The fastest way to confirm the job availability is through the agency’s website. Some recruitment agency provides online application and even shows the Canadian hiring companies.
Tips on How to Search on POEA:
- The search bar DOESN’T WORK for some reason. I tested it on Mozilla Firefox and Chrome.
- Here’s a keyboard shortcut: press CTRL + F. Type the name of the agency then press ENTER.
For recruitment agencies without websites or Facebook Page, pick up the phone and ask about the Canadian job order. Who knows it could be the first step of the many procedures and requirements.
If you found an employer, you’ve accomplished let’s say 70% of the job seeker’s journey. The rest would seem doable although still challenging.
Can You Really Find a Job through a Recruitment Agency
While I don’t have a personal experience in finding a job with the help of an agency, I have met a lot of our kababayan who were able to come to Canada as an immigrant (permanent resident) and temporary foreign worker.
The famous path to working in Canada especially for Filipinas is the Caregiver Program in Canada.
Some were direct hired by relatives. (I belonged to this group just in case you’re wondering.) Others came from Hong Kong where they seek assistance of an agency.
So YES, it is possible to find work in Canada through an accredited recruitment agency.
The only question is which one among the many agencies in the Philippines. To help you narrow down the choices, ask for recommendations through friends and online forums.
Many claimed to receive emails from an agency about job orders. DO YOUR RESEARCH. The Government of Canada may have stop hiring for jobs in a certain category. Or the agency doesn’t have a valid license.
Other Online Job Sites to Search for Canadian Jobs
Aside from the list of accredited agencies in the Philippines on the POEA’s website, I’m giving two more online job sites on which you can search a legitimate job offer in Canada:
- JobStreet.com.ph – find POEA overseas jobs
- Job Bank – it is the official online job site of the Government of Canada
Job Bank is your go-to website for Canadian jobs. You can create job match and alerts. Spend time exploring the site for your target occupation and city in Canada. Find out the required education, experience, wage, and trends.
Another website I want to mention is greataupair.com (no affiliation); it is a website recommended by a reader on which she found a sponsor/family who hired her as a caregiver/nanny in Canada.
If you have other recommendations, leave a comment. Share your experience to our kababayan. Isn’t it interesting to discover the different paths to one destination–Canadian dream?
More Information about POEA
Allow me to give a few more resources before we reach the end of the post. The policy and demand of jobs in Canada and other countries constantly change so it is of your advantage to stay up-to-date:
POEA Hotline: 722-11-44/722-11-55
Location: Blas F. Ople Building
Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City
I’ve had my PDOS and a fair share of going at POEA as early as 6:00 am in the morning. Not only once but the entire week. So if you can reach out through mail or call, do so before you commute in EDSA.
Never give up. If there’s too much information to digest, keep your eye on the goal. Treat the job hunting as a preliminary test of the life in Canada.
Because once you arrived and work in Canada more challenges are waiting. (That’s another story.) And so are the rewards from prayer and hard work.
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