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Impact of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program on the labour market in Alberta

Description

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) participating in Alberta's labour market. This is a trend largely related to the strong performance of Alberta's economy. Until 2006, less than one per cent of the province's total labour force was TFWs. However, with the federal changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program in 2007 and Alberta's growing economy at the time, the province saw a significant spike in the number of TFWs in the province to a high of almost 58,000 in 2008. In 2010, Teresa Woo-Paw, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Employment and Immigration, was mandated to carry out a series of public consultations to identify where the TFW Program fits in Alberta's labour force planning, what role TFWs fill in Alberta's labour market and how to ensure the program is best serving the needs of Albertans. Over an eleven-week period, 14 consultation sessions were held in 12 different communities across Alberta. Stakeholders in attendance included immigrant-serving organizations, municipal governments, labour organizations, lawyers, consultants, educators and other community stakeholders. Nine closed sessions were held with TFWs. In her report, Ms. Woo- aw concludes that Alberta cannot continue to use the TFW Program to fill our province's long-term labour shortages. Of particular issue was the growing concern that increasing numbers of TFWs were filling what are essentially permanent jobs in Alberta's labour force. Although the report recognizes that TFWs have a place in our economy, it indicates Alberta needs to seek a long-term solution to the province's labour force needs..

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Aboriginal Consultation Office TFW Temporary foreign workers labour market

Title and publication information

Type
Report
Extent

29 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Employment and Immigration (2008-2011)

Contributor

Teresa Woo-Paw.

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Resource Dates

Date Created

2011-08-01

Date Added

2015-05-13T15:04:23.264408

Date Modified

2011-08-01

Date Issued

2011-01-01

Audience information

Identifiers

NEOS catalogue key

6459032

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Human Services

Contact Other

780-427-2711