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Canada-Alberta Expands Pilot Project to Include More Occupations
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Alberta's Temporary Foreign Worker pilot project has been expanded to help employers hire more highly skilled foreign workers in certain in-demand occupations, according to an announcement from Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Alberta Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education Stephen Khan.
The Minister said that Alberta was facing some of the most acute labour shortages in the country. As a result, "the expansion of this pilot project will enable more employers in Alberta to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis to fill short-term skills and labour needs when Canadians or permanent residents are unavailable".
This pilot project was launched on June 1, 2011, under the Temporary Foreign Worker Annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration and since then many eligible foreign nationals have come to Alberta to work temporarily in a specific occupation.
Under this program, once issued a work permit, Canadian foreign skilled workers can move freely between Alberta employers, without requiring authorization from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada/Service Canada in the form of a Labour Market Opinion, or LMO.
The steamfitter/pipefitter occupation will include the following additional occupations:
"Our consultations with Alberta employers and our own labour forecasts show there is a need to expand the pilot to include these high-demand occupations," said Minister Khan. "We appreciate the cooperation and support of our federal colleagues in working with us to help employers get the workers they need sooner."
The expansion of pilot project took effect on July 16, 2012.
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