During a meeting with local Temporary Foreign Workers last week, Peace River MP Chris Warkentin expressed that he’d like to see more emphasis placed on the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program and training young Canadian workers.
He says it’s clear TFWs have done helped fill labour shortages, but in our province, job vacancies are not temporary.
“The worker shortages are permanent and they’re growing. Our government recognizes that we have to fill these with people that will come into our communities, that will remain in our communities, that will build into our communities and become a part of our local community.”
Warkentin says we need to better communicate to the rest of the country the benefits of living and working in northern Alberta, especially in areas with high unemployment rates.
Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney has echoed those comments, sayings the country needs to do a better job training young Canadian workers.
However, he also called out our province, saying the government should be spending more federal transfer funds on vocational schools, and questioning why NAIT’s budget is being slashed.
Photo: Temporary Foreign Workers hold a peaceful rally outside of MP Chris Warkentin’s office.