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Province puts 24-month hiring moratorium on some TFW positions

Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 10:12 am MST

Four pumpjacks work in the Mountain View County area of Alberta on Saturday, March 25, 2017. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS)

The province and Employment and Social Development Canada have recently limited the number of positions which can be filled by temporary foreign workers.

Frank Peresta, Managing Partner with Oneterra Business Immigration said the continued economic downturn means employers should be able to find qualified workers in Canada.

“Engineers, be it civil, mechanical, electrical, right through to welders, pipe fitters, heavy duty mechanics, contractors supervisors, oil and gas related specialists,” said Peresta.

He said the government needs to continue to focus on high unemployment and this is the right response.

“Given the specific list that they have here, that talent should be available within the country,” he explained.

It’s a 24-month moratorium, but just as quickly as things swing one way, they could swing towards another labour shortage, so it can be reviewed at any time.

Some employers are still struggling to find workers but there are programs in place to try and match qualified Canadians with those businesses.