Alberta Pilot Projet for Occupation-Specific Work Permits


Citizenship and Immigration Canada extend the application deadline for participants of the steamfitter/pipefitter pilot project for at least one more year.

Lunched as a pilot project on June 1st, 2011 the Alberta-based Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) helped to address the province’s short-term labour demands by granting several temporary work permits to foreign nationals. The program’s unique feature is that it does not require a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada as an application requirement. It is for this reason that eligible applicants are attracted to the Temporary Foreign Worker program, as the LMO is often seen as one of the more difficult documents to acquire for a regular work permit application.

To be considered eligible for the program, applicants must be foreign nationals entering Canada as TFWs who have already received an initial job offer for a Steamfitter-Pipefitter position located in Alberta. This job offer can be made by an individual employer or by somebody offering a job on behalf of a recognized group of employers acknowledged by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada GoE Pilot. Alternatively uncertified applicants can obtain Steamfitter-Pipefitter certification from the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training system.  

The switch from an employer-specific approach towards occupation-specific work permits was designed to target temporary foreign workers in the engineering, construction and procurement industries.

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