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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Alberta has lifted restrictions on hiring new temporary foreign workers

Updated: May 4


Alberta has lifted restrictions on hiring new temporary foreign workers

The government of Alberta removed all occupations on the ‘refusal to process’ list, prioritizing jobs for unemployed Albertans due to the pandemic and lifting restrictions on hiring new temporary foreign workers on May 1, 2022.


This will support the province’s economy that experiences labour shortages and struggles to fill available positions with Canadian workers and increases the likelihood of selection and receipt of a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter under the Alberta Express Entry Stream.


However, Alberta Opportunity Stream eligibility has not been changed. The Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Advisory Office assists temporary foreign workers, international students (with work authorization) and employers with situations involving unfair, unsafe or unhealthy working conditions.


Some of the services provided by the office include:

  • responding to complaints, questions and requests for information

  • assessing reports of abuse and making referrals to the correct authority

  • working with agencies to ensure safe, fair and healthy workplaces

  • helping temporary foreign workers find resources

Also, online information sessions are offered by the TFW Advisory Office to temporary foreign workers, international students and employers.


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