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November 3, 2022 Comments (0)

DMW Accredited Agencies for Canada: How to Check if Recruitment Agency is Legitimate

Filipino overseas workers are known in various industries. Aside from skills, most Filipinos are also adaptable and English proficient. With that, many foreign employers prefer to work with Pinoy workers, may it be for full-time jobs, outsource projects, or freelance tasks. Ensure that you’ll be engaging safely with legitimate recruitment agencies to avoid further business issues. Are you an employer looking for an agency accredited by DMW for Canada? Read this guide from Staffhouse International Resources:


What does DMW or POEA Accreditation mean?

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) or formerly known as Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) is a government agency that issues licenses to engage in overseas recruitment and staffing to private recruitment agencies and ship staffing companies. They accredit foreign principals and employers looking to hire Filipino workers and approve manpower requests of foreign employers.

If you are a job hunter planning to work in Canada or other foreign countries or an employer hiring Filipino talents; you must ensure that your agency is accredited by DMW or POEA.


Importance of Checking DMW or POEA Accreditation for Canada

DMW Accreditation protects potential workers abroad and employers from being victimized by fake agencies. For example, there have been many reports of agencies asking for a “placement fee” from potential workers to have their applications approved. However, neither DMW nor the Canadian government has this rule. An agency may only require fees for processing documentation like passports, Philhealth and Pag-IBIG contributions, and medical exams. The fees should be exactly right and not overpriced. You can ask for receipts to ensure that you will not be overcharged.

There are also reports of agencies not delivering their promise at all. This is after an applicant has provided all the requirements and has undergone the recruitment process.

Of course, these kinds of issues are not good for a company’s overall integrity and branding. Being connected to these kinds of issues may endanger the company’s name. By transacting only with a DMW or POEA accredited agency for Canada, you can ensure that all the scouted employees processed their documents for working abroad lawfully.


How to Know A DMW or POEA Legit Agency for Canada

DMW recruitment agency tips

1. Check online

Fortunately, checking whether a recruitment agency is legitimate or not is not that difficult. One thing you can do if you want to know if a recruitment agency is DMW accredited or not is by checking its status on the DMW webpage.

To do this, first, visit this webpage: https://www.dmw.gov.ph/archives/default.html

Then, scroll down until you see the STATUS OF RECRUITMENT AGENCIES section. It will have a space where you can enter the name of the agency you are looking for.

Next, type the name of the agency and click or tap “Search.” You can search for the start of an agency’s name or any part of the name. After this, you will be taken to a page where you will see information about the agency, such as contact details, official representative, and license validity.

The DMW webpage includes all recruitment agencies licensed to recruit workers for overseas jobs, whether land-based or sea-based. What’s good about this list is that it also includes agencies that are closed or banned from hiring Filipino workers. It also shows whether an agency’s license is still valid, or if it has been canceled or suspended.

If your agency is not on the DMW webpage, then it means it did not register at all and is probably operating illegally.


2. Check social media and other parts of the web

Being listed on the DMW website is good, but you still must check the reputation of a recruitment agency. How do their staff screen and qualify their referrals? Does it follow DMW’s rule of no placement fee? A quick way to answer these questions is by going online or on social media for reviews of the job applicants and fellow employers who have received their service. If an agency has a Facebook page, for example, check if people are leaving positive feedback, like thanking them for helping them land a job. Or are the posts mostly complaints?

Using search engines like Google will also help you to know the reputation of a recruitment agency. Just type the name of the agency in the search bar and look for news or posts relevant to the agency. Has it been involved in the news lately? Was the news good or bad?


One recruitment agency in the Philippines accredited by DMW or POEA for Canada is Staffhouse International Resources. It was established and licensed in DMW or POEA in 1999. In just a few years, Staffhouse has become an industry leader, gaining the trust of both workforce candidates and some of the world’s biggest companies. If you check on the DMW webpage, it will show that the agency still has a valid license, so you can be sure that it is legitimate. It has also received various awards from the DMW. It was named a Top Performer Awardee and Top Deploying Agency in 2018, 2019, and 2020 by the DMW. Since its establishment, it has deployed over 25,000 Filipino workers to the Middle East, Africa, North America, Asia, and Oceania.

If you are looking for manpower to fill your company’s jobs in Canada, then you can be sure of Staffhouse. Solve your staffing issues with the help of a trusted recruitment agency in the Philippines. Contact our team and find the best pool of staff that would help you grow your business.