More foreign temporary workers are moving into Alberta than ever before compared to those that are arriving through normal immigration channels, according to the Alberta Federation of Labour.
Close to 22,400 people arrived in Alberta last year through the province’s foreign workers program to address workers shortages, compared to the 20,717 immigrants who were granted permanent residence status, according to the AFL.
Last year’s number of temporary workers doubles the 11,067 workers that moved into the province in 2003 and AFL president Gil McGowen calls the trend bothersome.
“If these temporary workers were on a track to becoming full citizens, it would be less of a concern — but they’re not,” said McGowen.
“The vast majority will be treated like Post-It notes that will be used, discarded and sent back.”