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Hamid Reza
Canada, Joined Oct 2016, 68

Hamid Reza

Joined Oct 2016
11:27 Apr-25-2017
Alberta Bans Hiring Foreign Workers in NDT and other fields.

I saw this in the news. Does anybody have some solid information how many foreign workers are working in NDT in Alberta? And how can this affect the jobs?


Companies in Alberta seeking to hire engineers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, construction millwrights, heavy equipment mechanics and other trades will now be directed to a new service that matches them with qualified local workers. (Canadian Press)

Alberta companies looking to hire temporary foreign workers in one of 29 high-skilled job categories will be directed to a new service that will match them with qualified local workers.

The Alberta government initiative, believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, will be watched closely by the federal government to see if it can be implemented federally or in other provinces, federal Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said in Edmonton Wednesday.

"We're always interested in good ideas, to reach that goal — to make sure that Canadians have the first shot at good paying jobs — and so we'll be following the progress of the pilot very closely and all of that data will help inform us, but we are certainly open to replicating it if it show success in Alberta," Hajdu said.

The job categories covered under the new employer liaison service include civil and mechanical engineers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, construction millwrights and heavy equipment mechanics.

Under the 24-month pilot program, those job categories will be placed on a "refusal to process" list within the temporary foreign worker program.

Instead, any company seeking a permit to bring in a foreign worker in those job categories will be contacted by staff in Alberta Labour and directed to potential local hires.

Pool of unemployed workers

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

The initiative was announced in Edmonton Wednesday by Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray. Hajdu was also there.

Gray said the program will be evaluated every quarter and future adjustments could be made to the job categories covered by the initiative.

"The data we gather, as Minister Gray has just finished speaking about, is going to be essential in deciding at a federal level whether or not there's application in other provinces or other regions that are experiencing downturn," Hajdu said.

"The focus of the federal government with the temporary foreign worker program is always to make sure Canadians have the first crack at available jobs, and then after that is done, then to look at supporting employers with prolonged labour shortages in very specific areas."

The complete list with their NOCs ares:

0112 Human resources managers
0211 Engineering managers
1225 Purchasing agents and officers
1523 Production logistics co-ordinators
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronic engineers
2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians >------
7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7237 Welders and related machine operators
7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242 Industrial electricians
7251 Plumbers
7271 Carpenters
7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
7511 Transport truck drivers

Ed Ginzel
R & D, -
Materials Research Institute, Canada, Joined Nov 1998, 1286

Ed Ginzel

R & D, -
Materials Research Institute,
Joined Nov 1998
13:27 Apr-25-2017
Re: Alberta Bans Hiring Foreign Workers in NDT and other fields.
In Reply to Hamid Reza at 11:27 Apr-25-2017 (Opening).

Hi Beav...the key term in this very long article is "Temporary". The rules of the TFWP allow Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill temporary labour and skill shortages when qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not available. Typically the maximum duration is 4 years and then the individual must return to their country of origin.

James Scalf
NDT Inspector,
Global Integrity, Canada, Joined Oct 2012, 274

James Scalf

NDT Inspector,
Global Integrity,
Joined Oct 2012
18:10 Apr-25-2017
Re: Alberta Bans Hiring Foreign Workers in NDT and other fields.
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 13:27 Apr-25-2017 .

Unfortunately Ed,

Many companies, including major ones, are manipulating the system for their corporate gains. I will speak to one company I had some dealings with in the past during the "Major Shortage" of skilled and certified labour in Alberta, specific to the NDT field. This company simply did not want to pay the going rate for CGSB Level 2 technicians at the time and so they applied for allowance to bring in instead "temporary foreign workers" that they could get from other nations for a fraction of the expense. Meanwhile I knew of many technicians here in Canada that were looking for work.
That same company is still bidding on large projects and staffing them with foreign workers specifically for the project bid on therefore the workers are temporary as they are only brought in for that project and then returned to their country of origin.

I feel companies, regardless of the skillsets they require, should be forced to hire provincially first, then nationally and if they then and only then still cannot fill their position requirements should they be allowed to bring in foreign workers regardless of the field of work.

To use the jargon of the current US President simply changing the national title "Canada First" especially when we have the skilled labour sitting unemployed and actively seeking work who are being passed over because the policies currently allow companies to bring in "Skilled" labour from outside for a much lower bottom line in most cases.

Just my 2 cents worth...


David Hermanutz
David Hermanutz
20:00 May-08-2017
Re: Alberta Bans Hiring Foreign Workers in NDT and other fields.
In Reply to James Scalf at 18:10 Apr-25-2017 .


The petition to include NDT in the foreign worker restriction took some effort and time, unfortunately there are many qualified technicians internationally who are willing to work for 40 hour straight time weeks in a camp in Canada, even at a lower than industry standard wage. The situation with the South African firefighters who came in to help provided a good highlight to the business practice of profiting from foreign workers vs. local residents. The take-away is we are not in Saudi Arabia, and should not endorse (slave) labour anywhere on the supply chain (foreign and domestic) that does not support our culture's value of safety, training and appropriate compensations.



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