Province Probes Foreign Worker Program

The Alberta government will probe the effectiveness of the federal Temporary Foreign Worker program.

The Alberta government will probe the effectiveness of the federal Temporary Foreign Worker program. The province’s Employment and Immigration Minister has announced the review ahead of a perceived economic upswing. Thomas Lukaszuk says he’s not recommending a scrapping of the program, but he doesn’t want the borders dropped either. Lukaszuk says "general immigration, opening up the borders for anyone who applies to come in, does not necessarily address your labour problem, because you need specific skill sets for specific positions, locations and employers.” The City of Brooks will also benefit in the near future, as Lukaszuk announced an additional $850,000 for agencies dealing with the workers.

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