Alberta temporary foreign workers

Alberta lifts restrictions on hiring new temporary foreign workers

Alberta has lifted restrictions on hiring temporary foreign workers in the province, to help employers meet their workforce needs. All pending applications, including those submitted prior to May 1, are subject to this change.


Before this change, the Alberta government had a “refusal to process” list.  This list, which is managed by the Government of Canada, contained occupations for which employers could not hire temporary foreign workers in the province. Why? Because they were prioritizing jobs for unemployed Albertans due to the pandemic. Therefore, employers could not submit applications to the Canadian government to hire temporary foreign workers in those occupations.

Change to temporary foreign workers in Alberta

As of May 1, 2022, the Alberta government removed all occupations identified on the ‘refusal to process’ list. According to a provincial statement, the change will support sectors of Alberta’s economy that are experiencing labour shortages and are also struggling to fill available positions with Canadian workers.

Also, according to Statistics Canada, the province had about 88,000 job vacancies.

Moreover, Alberta says it will monitor the impact of this change and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the TFWP continues to benefit its economy.

It is important to mention that nationally, Canada is experiencing labour shortages across the country. For example, Ontario has more than 300,000 jobs going unfilled. Therefore, the Ontario government is committed to attracting more skilled newcomers. And, in order to do that, Ontario is investing an additional $15.1 million to improve and expand the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

<<Also Read: Alberta: New Immigration Tech Pathway>>

Alberta’s improvements

In January, Alberta announced the Accelerated Tech Pathway, a ‘fast track to permanent residence’ for tech professionals.

In addition, in February, the Rural Renewal Stream and the Rural Entrepreneur Stream were added to the existing five streams offered under the newly-named AAIP.

Moreover, the province also renamed three of its existing streams:

  • The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream is now the Graduate Entrepreneur Stream, also
  • the Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream is now the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream, further,
  • the Self-Employed Farmer Stream is now the Farm Stream.

Let us help!

If you have general immigration questions, you may fill out the following form. Of course, if you have specific questions, please book an appointment. You may also fill out our assessment form as well.

    Full Name (required)

    Email address (required)

    Have you entered your email address correctly?

    Your question (required):

    You can also read this in Spanish

    Related Posts

    Are Canadian citizens admissible to Canada?

    Sep 17, 2023

    Foreign record suspensions and Canadian admissibility

    Sep 7, 2023

    OINP Foreign Worker Stream with an Employer Job Offer

    Sep 6, 2023

    Inadmissibility in Canada: Who’s at Risk?

    Sep 4, 2023

    Fill our Free Canada Immigration Assessment Form in your language!

    This article provides information of a general nature only. Considering the fluid nature of the immigration world, it may no longer be current. Of course, the item does not give legal advice. Therefore, do not rely on it as legal advice or immigration advice. Consequently, no one could hold us accountable for the content of these articles. Of course, if you have specific legal questions, you must consult a lawyer. Alternatively, if you are looking for immigration advice, book an appointment.

    The characters and places in the articles:
    All the characters and locations in the articles are fictional, unless otherwise clearly stated. Therefore, any resemblance in names, dates, and places is coincidental.

    Important Notes:
    For our official addresses, trust this website only. We currently do not have offices outside Canada. Therefore, anyone who claims to be our agent is committing fraud. Also, note that we do not issue any work permits or study permits or similar documents. The government of Canada has the sole authority to issue such material.

    Click to read the disclaimer.

    Andrea Neira