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Alberta Prohibits Use of Temporary Foreign Worker Program for 29 Skilled Occupations


the CanadaVisa Team - 20 April, 2017

Edmonton skyline
Edmonton skyline

The government of Alberta, with federal approval, has launched an Employer Liaison Service that aims to match open job positions with qualified local workers. As part of this two-year pilot program, Albertan companies will not be allowed to avail of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) when hiring in any of 29 high-skilled occupations.

These occupations have been placed on a "refusal to process" list, and companies attempting to hire in these categories through the TFWP will instead be contacted by the Alberta department of Labour and directed to potential workers locally.

However, according to Employment and Social Development Canada's open data portal, of the nearly 10,000 temporary foreign workers who came to work in Alberta in 2016, only 400 were in the now restricted skilled employment categories

The policy is the first of its kind in Canada, and federal Minister of Employment, Patty Hajdu, was on hand in the provincial capital, Edmonton, to launch the initiative, along with Alberta Labour Minister, Christina Gray.

"We're putting Albertans first in line for available jobs across the province. By helping more people get work, we will strengthen Alberta's economy; I'm proud to be launching this program as a joint effort between Canada's and Alberta's governments," stated Hajdu.

As the provincial and federal governments continue to work together, additional ways to keep locals first in line for jobs will also be considered, including opportunities for people who are underrepresented in the workforce, such as newcomers, youth, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Alberta refusal to process occupation list

NOC codeOccupation
0112Human resources managers
0211Engineering managers
1225Purchasing agents and officers
1523 Production logistics co-ordinators
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronic engineers
2212Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2231Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2261Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
7202Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7237Welders and related machine operators
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242Industrial electricians
7251Plumbers 
7271Carpenters
7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7311Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7322Motor vehicle body repairers
7511Transport truck drivers

Canadian employers: To learn more about your options for hiring foreign workers, please visit this TFWP page. If you wish to hire through the TFWP, please contact wp@canadavisa.com. A legal expert will provide a free consultation.

Foreign workers: If you have received a job offer from a Canadian employer and wish to submit an inquiry about getting a work permit and working legally in Canada, please complete the form on this page.

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