The Province of Alberta has recently expanded it’s temporary foreign worker requirement to include more skills to come and work in Canada.
The pilot scheme of attracting overseas talent was started last 2011 originally to call the attention of qualified pipefitters and steamfitters to move to Alberta in its Temporary Foreign Worker Annex program.
The Province of Alberta, which includes Edmonton and Calgary, is faced with a serious labor shortage and desperately needs people to fill many vacancies in a variety of work.
The changes for this year’s expanded Temporary Foreign Worker Annex will include many other skills which includes heavy duty equipment mechanics, industrial mechanics, welders, carpenters, surveyors, and iron workers.
Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education Minister, Mr. Stephen Kahn, said that with the expanded program, employers now will have more opportunity to hire more workers for temporary help.
He said that the labor needs of Alberta according to Provincial forecast plus various inputs from Alberta employers resulted in the need to expand the pilot project to include high demand occupations.
“The good news coming out of this is Alberta is still the economic engine of Canada.” He added.
The added benefit of this pilot program to temporary foreign workers is that the work permit that will be issued will allow them to change Alberta employers without restriction while employers do not need to apply for Labor Market Opinion (LMO) when hiring.
A spokesman for the Minister said that this change is necessary to quickly hire workers who are direly needed for many unfilled positions in the Province of Alberta.
“Major construction projects are being held back because of this,” the spokesman have said.
This latest immigration update is just one of the changes made to affect the Foreign Temporary Workers program in Canada. Last April, the Federal Government announced that foreign workers to Canada can be paid 15% less than the average salary rate, so long as it can be demonstrated that there are Canadian workers being paid the same.
Ottawa also pronounced that employers with proven spotless two-year hiring history of Foreign Temporary Workers overseas can apply for a fast-tracked hiring permit.