A new program has been launched to ensure companies in Alberta are hiring Albertans.
Labour Minister Christina Gray says the Employer Liaison Service would stop companies from hiring temporary foreign workers in 29 occupations oil and gas well drillers, engineering managers, plumbers, contractors, machinists and carpenters.
“If they go through the process to try to hire a temporary foreign worker, that will be essentially intercepted and the employer liaison service will call them. The service is going to be focused on connecting them with the tools and resources that help them match with unemployed Albertans.”
The two year pilot project is a collaboration between the federal and provincial governments and will be evaluated every three months.
“We’re putting Albertans first in line for available jobs across the province. By helping more people get work, we will strengthen Alberta’s economy; I’m proud to be launching this program as a joint effort between Canada’s and Alberta’s governments.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“Our member companies applaud the Canadian and Alberta Governments for introducing this pilot program. Construction employs approximately one in nine working Albertans. Our members employ Albertans in communities across the province. We believe in hiring Albertans first, Canadians next and foreign workers as a last resort. The pilot program has great potential to help our member firms support Alberta families.”
– Chris Ambrozic, Senior Vice Chair, Alberta Construction Association