Foreign food workers recruited to Alberta

Western Investor
October 30, 2012

Alberta will allow more semi-skilled foreign foodservice workers in the province than originally planned under a pilot project aimed to give newcomers a better chance of becoming landed immigrants.

Originally the maximum number of nominations was set at 600 under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Semi-Skilled Foodservices Industry (Pilot Project).

However, at the end of August, people running the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) decided that nominations would continue while the program is being evaluated, even though the 600 nominations had been received as of July.

The AINP started the project, in consultation with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, to address a labour shortage in Alberta's foodservice industry.

There are an estimated 64,000 temporary foreign workers in the province, according to the AINP.

from Western Investor November 2012

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