Alberta province bans hiring of high-skilled foreign workers — POEA

MANILA -- The government of Alberta, Canada has prohibited the hiring of temporary foreign workers particularly in 29 high-skilled job categories, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the agency noted that the Canadian province will not process employer applications to hire overseas workers in job classifications included in the Refusal to Process list. The jobs are considered as high-wage occupations.

Last April, the said province introduced an Employer Liaison Service, a two-year pilot program that prohibits Alberta employers from using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

The service provides enhanced recruitment support to companies looking for high-skilled workers to hire Alberta citizens rather than foreign workers.

The following job categories that have been placed on a Refusal to Process list are human resources managers, engineering managers, purchasing agents and officers, production logistics coordinators, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical and electronic engineers, geological and mineral technologists and technicians, civil engineering technologists and technicians, Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians, non-destructive testers and inspection technicians, contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications ?occupations, machinists and machining and tooling inspectors and welders and related machine operators.

Also included in the list are: electricians (except industrial and power system), Industrial electricians, plumbers, carpenters, contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades, contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews, construction millwrights and industrial mechanics, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, motor vehicle body repairers, transport truck drivers, contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services, oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers, oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators, oil and gas drilling, servicing and related laborers and petroleum, gas and chemical process operators.?

The POEA added that the job categories were selected because there is a sufficient pool of unemployed workers with those skills within Alberta.

Those already hired prior to April 19, 2017 will not be affected by the ban.

Source: Philippine News Agency