Canada recognizes Filipino seafarers, addressing a workforce crisis and transforming global maritime dynamics.
Filipino seafarers and their families are rejoicing over the announcement that Canada has signed a reciprocal arrangement with the Philippines wherein Filipino seafarers who hold a valid Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) certificate of competency can now apply for a Canadian endorsement. The deal recognizes Philippine-issued STCW certificates for Filipino seafarers, enabling them to crew Canadian ships for the first time.
On March 29, 2023, Canada entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the Philippines for the recognition of certificates of competency and issuance of endorsements according to regulation I/10 of the STCW Convention. This is similar to reciprocal arrangements Canada has already signed with Australia, France, Norway, Ukraine, Georgia, and the United Kingdom.
Transport Canada, the department within the government responsible for developing regulations, policies and services, permits foreign seafarers with a valid STCW certificate sponsored by a Canadian authorized representative, to apply for a Canadian endorsement attesting to the recognition by Canada of their certificates to serve on board a Canadian-flagged vessel.