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Alberta and the Philippines have signed an MOU to assist in the recruitment of both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, a crucial part of Alberta’s plan to attract internationally educated nurses to the province.

Alberta has a strong and vibrant Filipino community, and the Philippines is a critical partner that will help the province address ongoing labour shortages in nursing.

Alberta’s plan to attract internationally educated nurses aims to address barriers faced by many internationally trained nurses, including navigating complex regulatory requirements, assessment and licensing processes, and having access to clinical placements.

The agreement identifies Alberta as a preferred destination for Filipino nurses. It was agreed to following several months of negotiations between the governments of Alberta and the Philippines. This MOU lays the foundation for a continued cooperative relationship between Alberta and the Philippines in order to address future healthcare labour needs.

Quick facts

  • The Philippines-Alberta MOU on the recruitment of nurses includes:
    • Access to help navigate complex regulatory systems.
    • A streamlined assessment and licensing program.
    • Greater access to bridging seats and clinical placements.
    • A bursary program to help with costs associated with credentialing in Alberta.
    • Options for further partnerships, including the potential to establish an Alberta-accredited nursing program in the Philippines.
    • A clarifying process for the recruitment and selection of nurses from the Philippines.
    • A joint committee to monitor progress on MOU actions.
It remains unclear if the MOU will be extended to African nations like Zimbabwe and Nigeria, where world-class nursing care and standards also exist. 
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