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Job-seekers head to Alberta

the CanadaVisa Team - 23 June, 2011


Increasing job opportunities in Alberta have many Canadians moving to the province. More than 5,300 Canadians moved to Alberta between January and the end of March compared to only 300 during the same time period last year.

Most Canadians who arrived in Alberta came from British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador in search of better career opportunities. Last week, Alberta released a list of occupations that are most likely to face labour shortages in the next two years: computer programmers and web designers, mechanical and petroleum engineers, retail trade managers, restaurant and food service managers, and family physicians.

Recent government reports have estimated that Alberta could be facing a shortage of over 77,000 workers within the next ten years, mostly due to the retiring population.

"Within Canada, Alberta is a beacon of economic recovery," Thomas Lukaszuk, minister of employment and immigration said. "Canadians are picking up and moving to where the jobs are. Economic recovery, the return of skills shortages, the aging of our workforce and intensifying global competition for workers all highlight the need to continue our focus on developing the workforce.''

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