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Alberta Removes Restrictions On Temporary Foreign Worker

Alberta is looking to help employers meet their workforce needs.

From May 1, Alberta will be removing restrictions on the hiring of new temporary foreign workers.

All pending applications including those submitted before May 1 will be subject to this change. Before the change, the government of Alberta had a “refusal to process” the list containing occupations for which employers could not submit applications to the Canadian government to hire temporary foreign workers in the province.

The Canadian government operates the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and it was refusing to process TFWP applications for these occupations on the advice of the Alberta government.

These occupations according to the Alberta government had labour surpluses. Alberta was seeking to encourage employers to hire Albertans that were unemployed for these occupations instead of foreign workers.

Alberta has justified the loosening of its TFWO restrictions on the grounds that it will support sectors of the province’s economy that were being affected by labour shortages.

According to Statistics Canada, the province has about 88,000 job vacancies and Alberta says that it will monitor impacts of this change and make adjustments that are necessary to ensure the TFWP continues to benefit its economy.

The reason for the TFWP is to enable Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill up the labour shortages when there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident available to do the job.

For Canadian employers to hire foreign worker, they would need to submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application to the Canadian government.

The Canadian government will then proceed to evaluating if hiring the foreign workers may have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labour market.

There must be evidence to show that there are no qualified workers in Canada available for the job position and if a positive or neutral LMIA is granted, the foreign worker can then go ahead and submit a work permit application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Nationally, Canada is experiencing labour shortages across the country with over 800,000 job vacancies and this has made the federal and provincial governments to ease their regulations and allow employers to hire more foreign talent to supplement the Canadian labour market.

In April, the Canadian government relaxed its TFWP rules in response to the country’s historically low unemployment rate and high job vacancy rate.

The unemployment rate in Canada is at 5.3% which is the lowest on record.

British Columbia To Reopen Its Main Entrepreneur Immigration Stream In July

British Columbia has announced recently that it would reopen it Entrepreneur Immigration stream in July which is an updated version of the base category.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has been paused for review since July 2021.

In an announcement on the BC PNP website, the province said a new guide for the stream would be published when it reopens.

Candidates for the EI stream must meet requirements including a net worth of $600,000 investing at least $200,000 in a new or existing business and creating one full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

The province is also operating Regional Pilot and Strategic Projects business categories both of which remain open.

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

The requirements for the Main Category:

  • A personal net worth of a minimum of $600,000 legally obtained
  • Invest a minimum of $200,000 in an eligible new business or to purchase and improve an existing business in BC.
  • Create at least one new full-time job in your business for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 in English or French in each of the four competencies: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Have been legally  admitted to the country where you currently reside
  • Must have a legal temporary immigration status in Canada
  • Must have management experience

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration- Regional Pilot

Requirements for the candidates:

  • Net worth of at least $300,000
  • Minimum of $100,000 in eligible business investments
  • Minimum of 51% ownership in the new business
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 in English or French in each of the four competencies: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Conduct an exploratory visit to the target community
  • The community must have a population of fewer than 75,000 people and it must be located beyond 30 km of a municipality of more than 75,000 people.

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