Alberta shelves 2 immigration programs

Minister also wants to re-examine foreign worker program
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/20/2010

Alberta’s labour market has cooled off significantly since the boom years earlier in the decade and, in response to rising unemployment in the province, the government has decided to shelve two immigration programs.

In January 2008, Alberta’s employment rate hit an all-time high of 72.1 per cent and the unemployment rate was the lowest in the country at 3.2 per cent.

“Up until recently, Alberta was in dire need for all workers, from the least skilled to the most skilled. Our employers here could not fill the need domestically,” said Minister of Employment and Immigration Thomas Lukaszuk.