- Filipino workers based in Canada can expect to receive a cash assistance from the government
- It is part of the Canadian government’s pandemic recovery fund
- Eligible workers will receive CAD 2,000 (Canadian dollars) for three months
Workers in Canada, including the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) will receive cash assistance from the Canadian government.
As the world continues to face the pandemic, many economies have suffered due to its financial impact. As part of the Canadian government’s recovery aid, they will provide cash assistance to its residents, including workers.
According to DOLE-International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) Director Alice Visperas, OFWs based in Canada are eligible to receive CAD 2,000 (Canadian dollars) worth of monetary pandemic aid for three months.
“I learned from our labor attaché last Saturday na ang government of Canada ay magbibigay na raw ng ayuda sa mga workers, including OFWS, in the amount of 2,000 Canadian dollars or about (P76,000) per month, for 12 weeks,” Visperas was quoted by Manila Bulletin during an online press briefing.
Visperas clarified that the guidelines are still being set on how to avail of the cash aid. “So sa ngayon ay ginagawa na lang ang guidelines kung paano ma-avail ang tulong na ito,” she noted.
She revealed that the Canadian government made the announcement in anticipation of the third wave. “Inilabas ng government of Canada ang announcement na ito in anticipation doon sa third wave,” she further said.
If the exchange rate of Canadian dollar continues at P38, an eligible OFW would receive over P230,000 worth of cash aid by the end of 12 weeks.
Last October 2020, the Canadian government already began extending its COVID recovery assistance to workers, including OFWs. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier thanked Canada for providing support to Filipino workers.
“The Canadian government’s continuous support to Temporary Filipino Workers is very much appreciated by the Philippines, most especially at this time of the pandemic,” Bello said.