June 11, 2008:  Foreign workers form essential part of Canada’s labour force, panel says
Temporary foreign workers may only account for five percent of Canada’s construction workforce but their importance cannot be ignored, a Construction Sector Council (CSC) panel recently emphasized. “Temporary foreign workers are essential to us getting our projects being built,” said Terry Burton, corporate manager of labour resources for Shell Canada. See the Full Article:

April 30, 2008:  Temporary foreign workers see exponential growth in Alberta
Alberta is experiencing an explosion in the number of temporary foreign workers (TFW) in the construction industry, but official statistics may underestimate the number of these workers in the country. “Alberta has seen exponential growth in the use of TFWs for construction,” states a study recently released by the Construction Sector Council (CSC). Full article at:


The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce warmly welcomed the announcement today by Minister Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and Minister Hansen, Minister of Economic Development of a significant expansion of the temporary foreign worker program as critical to the economic prosperity of the West and therefore of Canada as a whole.

“Our members have been clear, addressing the skills and labour shortage must be a top priority for the government as we look to enhance the economic prosperity of communities across BC. This announcement shows that government is hearing this concern,” states Daren Hancott, Chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “With BC and Alberta currently enjoying virtually full employment the most important thing government can do to address the critical skills and labour shortage facing our economy is enhancing businesses ability to access foreign workers.”

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Government Eases Process for Bringing in Workers
Employers can take a break as Service Canada eases advertising requirements for certain "Occupations under Pressure" in BC and Alberta. These new measures make it easier to bring in foreign workers to fill those critical positions!
Read more in our recent newsletter of November 2006

Vancouver Board of Trade Seminar
Jeffrey S. Lowe, President of, gave a seminar with Craig Natsuhara of Davis & Company to over 120 employers at the Vancouver Board of Trade on Hiring Foreign Workers, on June 29, 2006.
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Jeffrey S. Lowe, the President of CanadaTradeJobs, is to speak at a conference on Employing Foreign Workers in Calgary, Canada
(Sept. 18 & 19, 2006)
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Foreign Worker Immigration to Canada
Canada has long been a country that welcomes newcomers. The latest immigration statistics confirm how more and more people from all four corners of the globe are making a fresh start in Canada.
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CBS News Coverage of the Alberta Oil Sands
There’s an oil boom going on right now. Not in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait or any of those places, but 600 miles north of Montana.
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