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Alberta Limits Positions That Can be Filled by Foreign Workers

  Alberta Limits Positions That Can be Filled by Foreign Workers  

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The government of Alberta and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have partnered to deal with a concern in the Alberta labour market.

Before hiring a temporary foreign worker, an employer must go through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. This process, established by ESDC and administered by Service Canada, forces employers to ensure that they seek Canadians before filling a position with a foreign worker. Subject to rules for specific occupations or occupation types, the LMIA process generally requires an employer to seek to recruit Canadians, and thereafter substantiate to Service Canada that a suitable Canadian could not be found. (For our purposes, ‘Canadians’ will be used to include Canadian citizens and permanent residents.)

From time to time, in recognition of market factors, ESDC may take action to address a problem or concern. This can occur both when there is recognition of a labour market shortage, as well as when there is a surplus, in a particular field or geographic location.

In this instance, ESDC and the province of Alberta have agreed, for a 24-month period, to disallow the issuance of LMIAs for positions in occupations deemed to have a sufficient pool of talent in Canada. Indeed, as a balance to this action, the government of Alberta has created a ‘liaison’ service to assist employers who are seeking workers to fill positions in these categories. The occupations in question are listed below, at the end of this article.

Note that this is an ESDC/Alberta program impacting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This is NOT an Immigration Canada program. That is to say, people who are seeking work permits under LMIA-exempt categories (also known as the ‘International Mobility Workers Program) would still be able to seek work permits for positions in Alberta, so long as they otherwise met the requirements of a particular LMIA-exempt category, for example, Intra-Company Transfer.

Certainly, some employers may be impacted by this program, but (a) they can seek assistance through the Alberta Employer Liaison Service with additional details provided in the following link  (see, and (b) this should have little or no impact on situations where a foreign worker is coming to Canada pursuant to an LMIA-exempt category. Those impacted should seek proper advice for their particular needs.
List of Occupations for which LMIAs will Not Currently be Issued in Alberta:

Business, finance, and administration occupations
NOC Title
1225  Purchasing agents and officers
1523  Production logistics co-ordinators

Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
NOC Title 
2131  Civil engineers
2132  Mechanical engineers
2133  Electrical and electronic engineers
2212  Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2231  Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2233  Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2261  Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
NOC Title
7202  Contractors, supervisors- electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7231  Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors 
7237  Welders and related machine operators
7241  Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242  Industrial electricians 
7251  Plumbers
7271  Carpenters
7301  Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302  Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7311  Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312  Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7322  Motor vehicle body repairers
7511  Transport truck drivers

Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
NOC Title
8222  Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8232  Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
8412  Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators
8615  Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers 
9232  Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators