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Alberta looks to immigration to ease labour shortage for in-demand occupations

DCN-JOC News Services
Alberta looks to immigration to ease labour shortage for in-demand occupations

EDMONTON — The Government of Alberta is making changes to its Alberta Advantage Immigration Program to ease its labour shortage.

The changes will allocate 25 per cent of express entry stream nominations towards individuals with in-demand occupations and close family ties in the province, according to an update on the province’s website.

“This approach will help ensure Alberta’s economy will prosper by dedicating a portion of provincial nominations towards in-demand workers who will have a great support network right from day one,” said Rajan Sawhney, minister of trade, immigration and multiculturalism, in a news release.

Skilled worker shortages are anticipated to extend into 2025 due to industry growth and retiring workers with as many as 100,000 job openings currently existing in the province across all sectors, states the release.

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