Alberta bans hiring foreign workers for 29 high-skilled jobs


B00Mer
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Alberta bans hiring foreign workers for 29 high-skilled jobs



Alberta companies looking to hire temporary foreign workers in one of 29 high-skilled job categories will be directed to a new service that will match them with qualified local workers.

The Alberta government initiative, believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, will be watched closely by the federal government to see if it can be implemented federally or in other provinces, federal Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said in Edmonton Wednesday.

"We're always interested in good ideas, to reach that goal to make sure that Canadians have the first shot at good paying jobs and so we'll be following the progress of the pilot very closely and all of that data will help inform us, but we are certainly open to replicating it if it show success in Alberta," Hajdu said.

The job categories covered under the new employer liaison service include civil and mechanical engineers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, construction millwrights and heavy equipment mechanics.

Under the 24-month pilot program, those job categories will be placed on a "refusal to process" list within the temporary foreign worker program.

Instead, any company seeking a permit to bring in a foreign worker in those job categories will be contacted by staff in Alberta Labour and directed to potential local hires.

Pool of unemployed workers

The job categories were selected because there is a sufficient pool of unemployed workers with those skills within Alberta.

The initiative was announced in Edmonton Wednesday by Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray. Hajdu was also there.

Gray said the program will be evaluated every quarter and future adjustments could be made to the job categories covered by the initiative.

"The data we gather, as Minister Gray has just finished speaking about, is going to be essential in deciding at a federal level whether or not there's application in other provinces or other regions that are experiencing downturn," Hajdu said.

"The focus of the federal government with the temporary foreign worker program is always to make sure Canadians have the first crack at available jobs, and then after that is done, then to look at supporting employers with prolonged labour shortages in very specific areas."

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Nick Danger
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Already happening here:

forums.canadiancontent.net/al...tfws-29-a.html (external - login to view)
 
Twila
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Happened here in BC more then a year ago. Turns out that many business were actually using the program to save money on hiring locals and some were caught enslaving the workers.

If the business is unable to find people to hire for the wages/positions/hours then maybe they need to revamp their business model rather then being allowed to hire people from a far.
 
B00Mer
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Please merg. forums.canadiancontent.net/al...tfws-29-a.html (external - login to view)
 
MHz
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With the companies being American owned does that mean they can hire Americans?? (rather than Canadians)
 
petros
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Didn't AB end TFWs ages ago?
 
Johnnny
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Good. We are the most educated country in the world we should tap into our people first.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnnyView Post

Good. We are the most educated country in the world we should tap into our people first.

If the companys would actually pay a living wage and provide benefits they'd have no issue finding workers. But they won't.
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

If the companys would actually pay a living wage and provide benefits they'd have no issue finding workers. But they won't.

Like any other greed mongers they'll keep the labor factor as low as possible as to not effect the profit. Canadians are as greedy as anyone else. .
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by LudlowView Post

Like any other greed mongers they'll keep the labor factor as low as possible as to not effect the profit. Canadians are as greedy as anyone else. .


... As opposed to the greed factor of the average Joe on the street?
 
damngrumpy
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I don't have a problem with some of this. If there are Canadians to do the jobs or will
fill the jobs that is one thing, however we have an aging population and n some cases
we are short of people to fill certain jobs if that is the case I don't see a problem with
some foreign workers
 
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