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Alberta, highest demand for temporary workers

Alberta is currently in demand for temporary workers.  As one of Canada’s most quickly growing provinces, they are at a shortage of workers.

As a result, and to facilitate faster processing and entry of foreign workers into the province, Alberta is expanding their pilot project for specific occupations.

If your occupation is listed below and you have a job offer from an employer in Alberta, your employer will be exempt from having to obtain an LMO (company approval to hire foreign workers). The LMO process normally takes 2 to 4 months. Once an LMO has been issued, the foreign worker may apply for a temporary work permit. A job offer in an occupation below will exempt the employer from having to obtain approval, in turn reducing the overall processing time by approximately 3 months.

Occupations under the expanded Pilot Project:

  • Carpenter
  • Estimator
  • Heavy duty equipment mechanic
  • Ironworker
  • Millwright and industrial mechanic
  • Steamfitter and pipefitter
  • Welder

This pilot project is due to expire on July 31st, 2013.

For further information or if you have a job offer and would like to confirm if you qualify to apply directly for a work permit, please contact our office to speak with our immigration council.