The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warns the public to be wary of “too good to be true” job offers for overseas employment, following reports that Canada is needing 700 mushroom pickers for a Php 150,000 monthly salary.
According to Labor Attaché I-designate Celeste Marie Ramos of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Toronto, there is no truth in the said 700 job order for mushroom picker in Canada. Further, the Ramos added that the reported monthly salary is “inflated and inaccurate”. A mushroom picker in Canada is usually paid at minimum wage in Ontario and in its other provinces.
Further, the Canadian government prioritize their locals for employment than foreign laborers. A Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is required by the government to farm owners before they are allowed to employ foreigners, which is usually a long process of 6 months to 2 years duration before it gets approved.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) also reiterated that there is no ongoing recruitment of mushroom pickers or other jobs for Canada. Moreover, the agency also has no accredited recruitment agency and approved job order for mushroom pickers.
The Philippine Embassy in Canada also released a public advisory against job offers abroad, especially if these supposed agencies do not follow the standard operating procedures of recruitment set by the Philippine government.
The POEA urges the public to report any suspicious and illegal recruitment to their hotline numbers 722-1144 or 722-1155.