What is the Alberta Occupation-Specific Pilot?

The Alberta Occupation-Specific Pilot allows employers to hire foreign workers in one of the following occupations without needing a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA):  steamfitter/pipefitter, estimator, welder, heavy-duty equipment mechanic, ironworker, millwright and industrial mechanic, and carpenter.

Both certified and uncertified workers are eligible to apply to the pilot. A one-year employer-specific/occupation-specific work permit will be issued to an uncertified worker with an approval letter from Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). Once certified, the foreign worker can apply for a two-year occupation-specific/open work permit, allowing movement between employers.

Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) working in Canada or applying from abroad who hold an Alberta Qualification Certificate or trade certificate recognized in Alberta can apply for a two-year occupation-specific/open work permit, where they will be able to move freely between employers.

For more information, consult the Alberta Occupation-Specific Pilot fact sheet.

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Date updated: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:06:53 - RDP: 2902-21