Pact erases provincial labour mobility barriers

Alberta, B.C. harmonize 60 professional and trade standards
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/20/2006

Twelve years after the provinces, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories signed off on a national agreement to break down internal trade barriers, some critics say it’s still harder to do business across provincial borders than international ones.

Frustrated with the delays to get all provinces and territories on the same page with the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), Alberta and British Columbia took matters into their own hands and created the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), unifying everything from professional and trade designations to the financial services industry.

Under the agreement, more than 60 professional and trade standards will be recognized or harmonized in the two provinces, creating greater labour mobility between Alberta and B.C. For example, a teacher in B.C. will be able to work as a teacher in Alberta without having to write any extra exams or take any extra courses.