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Manitoba – A Place to Grow

Manitoba is welcoming trained health-care workers from the Philippines, as candidates who were offered jobs during 2023 recruitment efforts in Manila, Cebu and Iloilo begin arriving in our province.

These new staff are destined for roles in health-care facilities (including both acute and long-term care locations) in all regions of the province and will begin work shortly after their arrival in Manitoba.

All arriving health-care workers are trained nurses from the Philippines, with at least two years nursing experience in hospital (acute medicine) or nursing home (care of the elderly) environments. During their interview and qualification review period, these new staff were offered roles based on their experience, training, and language assessment, either as Internationally Educated Nurses (RN stream); Supervised Internationally Educated Nurses (LPN stream); or Health Care Aides.

While some arrivals will complete bridging education as they settle into their new homes, others will begin work immediately, joining care teams and becoming integrated into their new communities.

Meet Our New Health-Care Providers


“I am so grateful to be surrounded by a community with a big heart, ready to extend a helping hand whenever needed.”

PMH Arrivals

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) warmly welcomed four more new Filipino health-care workers, some with family members, who were recruited earlier as part of Manitoba’s Philippines Recruitment Initiative earlier this year.


Chi and her family were welcomed at the airport in true “Friendly Manitoba” fashion by members of the PRI team, Filipino community leaders, and a Philippines-inspired “Hug Rug”.

By the Numbers

Arrivals to date: 15 plus candidates

Many other individuals who accepted job offers are now in various stages of working through the necessary immigration, credentialing and language testing requirements that must be fulfilled before they make the move.

*Numbers as of Dec. 10, 2023

Others have already begun to contribute to our health system and are working to support care in our communities. Fifteen candidates and their families have been welcomed to Manitoba, with happy tears, many hugs and lots of exciting characterizing each arrival at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

After a night’s rest, the candidates meet with the settlement team, human resources and their employer. They and their family members access necessary documents (Manitoba health card, social insurance number, etc.) and are then transported to their new home.

Orientation to the work environment, including tours, introductions to care team colleagues, and orientation to community supports occur in the days after arrival, with support and mentorship offered by their employer and director/manager at each work location.

Each health region has now welcomed their first candidate through this recruitment initiative, with more candidates arriving throughout the month of December and into the new year.

Manitoba Stories


"I frequent a lot of Manitoba’s national parks year-round, going hiking on trails, taking long drives through the countryside, and boating across the province’s beautiful lakes."


"It was a humbling experience but one that left the nurses we interviewed – and those of us who were part of the recruitment effort – with significant hope for our future."

Mary Ann

"Everyone knows everyone and kids can play outside or walk to school on their own. Deloraine was just the perfect community for us."

Manitoba has close ties to the Philippines, with thriving Filipino communities in many areas of the province, and strong Filipino representation amongst the health care workers who support care across our health system.

Our province is well positioned to attract internationally educated health-care providers from the Philippines, to offer them a warm welcome as they settle into our communities and to support them as they join our health system.

For more on the Philippine Recruitment Initiative, please visit Build your Future in Manitoba.

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