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 key partner that will help the province address ongoing labour shortages in nursing.

“We are thrilled to take this important step toward attracting internationally trained nurses from the Philippines to work in Alberta. These professionals are dedicated and highly educated, and can make an enormous contribution to bolstering our health-care system. There is a shortage of nurses across Canada, and we must do everything possible to ensure high-quality nursing care for all Alberta patients, for years to come.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

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.

“I welcome the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Philippines and Alberta as a testament to our commitment to strengthen our bilateral relations. I am grateful to the recognition given to the contribution of our Filipino nurses to world-class nursing care and standards.”

Susan V. Ople, secretary, Department of Migrant Workers, the Philippines

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 health-care labour needs.

Quick facts

  • The Philippines-Alberta MOU on the recruitment of nurses includes:
    • Access to help navigating 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.