The communities of Ste. Anne and St. Pierre will benefit from a health announcement made Tuesday in Manitoba. Steinbach on the other hand, has been left off the list.

Our provincial Health Minister Audrey Gordon provided an update on the results from a recent recruitment mission to the Philippines. Gordon says last November, her government implemented the Health Human Resource Action Plan to retain, train and recruit 2,000 health-care staff across our province.

As part of the recruitment plan, our provincial government and Shared Health sent a delegation to the Philippines earlier this year. The goal of this delegation was to attract registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and health-care aides.

Gordon notes our regional health authorities provided 348 letters of intent to prospective individuals including more than 150 registered nurses, 77 licensed practical nurse equivalents and more than 110 health-care aides. As of Tuesday, 309 acceptance letters have been received. 

According to a Shared Health spokesperson, pending the successful completion of immigration and licensure requirements, internationally educated health-care providers recruited from the Philippines will be represented in 31 communities across all health regions.

Of the 309 who have accepted letters of offer, 116 of those are for Winnipeg, 64 are in Prairie Mountain Health, 48 are in Interlake-Eastern, 44 are in Southern Health and 37 in Northern Health Region.

The communities within which jobs offers have been accepted at present - and, again, subject to candidates passing immigration and licensure requirements - are:

  • Altona;
  • Arborg;
  • Ashern;
  • Beausejour;
  • Brandon;
  • Carman;
  • Dauphin;
  • Flin Flon;
  • Gladstone;
  • Hamiota;
  • Hartney;
  • Manitou;
  • Minnedosa;
  • Morris;
  • Neepawa;
  • Notre Dame de Lourdes;
  • Pinawa;
  • Pine Falls;
  • Portage la Prairie;
  • Russell;
  • Selkirk;
  • St. Pierre-Jolys;
  • Ste. Anne;
  • Stonewall;
  • Swan River;
  • Teulon;
  • The Pas;
  • Thompson;
  • Virden;
  • Winkler/Morden; and
  • Winnipeg.

According to the Shared Health spokesperson, further study of candidate files would have to be performed to determine how many of these incoming staff have pre-existing connections to Manitoba residents. Anecdotally, Shared Health believes it to be about half.