(Jul. 28/14) Restaurants Canada met with Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Kyle Fawcett to discuss the impact of the new Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program rules on the thousands of foodservice Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) applications awaiting processing.

Minister Fawcett has asked federal Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Chris Alexander to provide flexibility for AINP applicants whose work permits may expire before processed. He advocated that the federal government develop a semi-skilled permanent immigration program to help alleviate pressure on AINP. He also asked Minister Alexander to increase Alberta’s 5,500 AINP nominations by an additional 2,000 in 2014 and 2,500 in 2015.

Restaurants Canada is urging Minister Fawcett to prioritize semi-skilled AINP applications, as this program remains the only path to permanent residency for lower-skilled foreign workers.

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