Alberta recruits U.S. workers to tackle skilled labour gap

Program a ‘Band-Aid’ for a bullet wound: Province
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/21/2013

Alberta’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Occupation-Specific Pilot program is helping fill acute skill shortages and is attracting American workers in droves.

Almost 1,000 highly skilled workers have been brought into Alberta from the United States since the pilot launched in 2012.

American workers are ideal for the program because they live close, have similar training and experience, understand Canadian work culture and can enter the country without a visa, said Laura Dawson, who wrote a report on the pilot for the Conference Board of Canada’s Global Commerce centre.