Feds expand temporary foreign worker pilot project

21 occupations added to expedited labour market opinion program
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 01/24/2008

The federal government has added 21 occupations to the expedited labour market opinion (E-LMO) pilot project, which makes it faster for employers in British Columbia and Alberta to hire foreign workers.

"The 33 occupations now included in this pilot represent 50 per cent of the total volume of labour market opinion applications from employers in B.C. and Alberta," said Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Monte Solberg.

The pilot project, which began last September and originally covered 12 specific occupations mainly in the health-care, hospitality and construction sectors, will continue to run in B.C. and Alberta until September 2008, allowing eligible employers to receive LMOs much faster than in the past.