Beginning November 1, 2020, Alberta’s government will be limiting the number and types of jobs available to new temporary foreign workers – making jobs available to unemployed Albertans.
Starting next month, dozens of additional occupational categories will be added to the “refusal to process list,” removing the vast majority of occupations from the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. This will result in more than 1,350 available jobs for unemployed Albertans at a time when they’re needed most.
Alberta is using its authority under the Canada-Alberta Labour Market Pilot of the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration and has reached an agreement with the federal government. These changes will impact 475 occupations in sectors such as accommodation and food services, retail trade, transportation, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services.
A small number of specialized occupations experiencing acute and proven labor shortages will be exempted. These changes will not impact employers recruiting for select occupations in the agriculture, technology, and caregiving sectors that heavily rely on temporary foreign workers to fill employment gaps.
We will further keep you updated on the impacted occupations. For more information, book first free consultation or give us a call!