The announcement made by the Federal Government of Canada that it will be increasing the number of permanent residents that it will be accepting in 2015 is good news to Alberta.
The province has a strong economy and a low 5% unemployment rate. In 2013, more than 100,000 immigrants moved to the province.
Despite this, Rix McIver, the Province’s Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, has said that it is still looking at about 96,000 of labour shortage in the coming decade.
And, the announcement of the Federal Government means that there will be more immigrants to meet this shortage.
The plan of the Federal Government is to increase the number of permanent residents that it will be accepting in 2015 to around 260,000 to 285,000.
And, a great number of this will be allotted to the Provincial Nominee Program of the different provinces in Canada.
The country is working towards strong increase in immigration, and it is placing emphasis in economic immigration to address the need of its growing economy for workers.
This is especially helpful for Alberta whose economy is largely driven by the natural resources sector – the province is always in need of skilled workers for this industry.
And with the Federal Government’s call to focus more on permanent residency instead of temporary foreign workers, the province is expecting to have skilled workers for long term.