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Facing a severe labour shortage, Alberta has recently set up a temporary foreign worker pilot project to help employers hire highly skilled foreign workers in positions that cannot be filled by Canadians or permanent resident.
Launched in June 2011 under the Temporary Foreign Worker Annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration, the aim of the project to is grow the labour market in the province by allowing foreign nationals to come to Alberta in order to take part in a specific occupation.
Although the program was originally scaled to steamfitters and pipefitters, the program now includes welders, heavy duty equipment mechanics, and other highly skilled occupations to name of few.
According to Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, temporary foreign workers who participate in the pilot program will be required to have an initial job offer from an Alberta employer or an employer acting on behalf of a recognized group of employers.
Under the program, applicants who have sought the help of an immigration lawyer have better chances for approval. In most cases, the number of overseas workers who refused the help of a licensed immigration attorneys failed to accomplish the purpose.
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