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Alberta Ends Restriction on Hiring New Temporary Foreign Workers

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Alberta Ends Restriction on Hiring New Temporary Foreign Workers

On May 1st, Alberta ended restrictions on hiring new temporary foreign workers. The province is responding to employers who are experiencing a labour shortage and cannot meet their workforce needs. Alberta currently has about 88,000 job vacancies as of April 28, 2022.

Prior to May 1, Alberta had a “refusal to process” in place for their Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Canada was refusing to process TFWP applications for these occupations at the request of the Alberta government. According to Alberta government services, all pending Labour Market Impact Assessment applications, including those submitted before May 1, are subject to these changes. Alberta's Temporary Foreign Worker Program supports Alberta’s economy and businesses.

Canada's Labour Shortage

Canada is experiencing labour shortages across the country, with nearly 1 million job vacancies and has an unemployment rate stands of 5.3%, a historic low.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is intended to fill short-term labour shortages for employers to fill jobs and there are not any qualified Canadians available.

To work in Canada as a temporary foreign worker, a job offer is required and the employer must complete a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to determine if hiring a foreign worker will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian economy. If the employer's LMIA is approved, the worker must then apply for a Work Permit, temporary resident visa or other immigration program based on their nationality and the specific job they will perform in Canada.

Why Foreign Workers Choose Alberta

Calgary was named the most livable city in North America in 2019, and Alberta continues to be the top choice for immigrants who move to Canada. Immigrants are thriving in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, says research by Sandeep Agrawal, an urban planning professor at the University of Alberta, "whose research shows Edmonton and Calgary provided better economic opportunities to immigrants than other parts of the country."

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Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

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Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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