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Filipino nurses will profit from a “bridging” scheme in a Canadian province.

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According to the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary, among the intended recipients of its nursing bridge program worth 7.8 million Canadian dollars (about PHP311 million) are Filipino nursing graduates currently residing in Alberta, Canada.

Internationally educated nurses (IENs) who qualify may be awarded 8,000 to 30,000 Canadian dollars to aid with the costs of their nursing “bridging” training that is necessary for Alberta as well as tuition and living expenses.

Application requirements, according to the Alberta government, include residency in the province and full-time enrollment in a bridging program that began in or after January 2023.

For the Academic Year 2023–2024, Alberta will also invest an extra 7.3 million Canadian dollars (about PHP291 million) to construct more than 600 places for bridge programs for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in three educational institutions.

Consul General Zaldy Patron stated that the program is in keeping with the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the recruitment of Filipino nurses between Manila and the Canadian province at a virtual briefing attended by more than a hundred participants.

“These financial assistance programs are a result of the advocacy made by the Philippine Consulate General to promote the welfare of the Filipino nurses who have received international education and are presently residing in Alberta but are not actively practicing their profession due to the high cost of the nursing credentialing process and expensive nursing bridging program,” he said.

Currently, Alberta is home to over 200,000 Filipinos who work there.

Patron stated that the MOU, which was signed in Calgary in October 2022, would be fully implemented by the Consulate and the relevant authorities.

He also anticipated the potential of creating a nursing curriculum in the Philippines that is accredited by Alberta for IENs who wish to immigrate to Canada.

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