Twenty-one job fields added to list
Vancouver employers struggling to fill vacant positions got a leg up yesterday as a pilot project was expanded to help find foreign workers to fill jobs here.
The Expedited Labour Market Opinion project was set up in September to expedite the process allowing employers to hire foreign workers when no Canadians are available.
Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, yesterday announced that 21 new occupations have been added to the former list of 12 eligible jobs, all identified as in high demand.
"Our government is committed to helping businesses who face pressures from labour shortages," said Solberg. "Without these workers, projects will not finish on time."
The expanded occupations include ironworkers, roofers, welders and engineers, added to a list that includes carpenters, pharmacists and nurses.
The project allows eligible employers to receive their Labour Market Opinions, which they must get before they hire a foreign worker, in five days rather than five months.
A Labour Market Opinion assesses the potential impact hiring a foreign worker will have on Canada's labour market.