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Service Canada may Refuse to Process Certain LMIA Applications in Alberta

Employment and Social Development Canada has announced a list of twenty-nine high wage occupations that have been added to a list of occupations that Service Canada may refuse to process. The occupations, which center around the construction industry, have been selected on the basis of a determination that there is ample labour supply in the province and in Canada, in general. This supplements the government’s previous directive to process certain occupations in the Food Services and Retail Trade sectors in which regional unemployment rates are in excess of 6%.

The list of occupations that have been specified for exclusion are as follows:

Management occupations

Number National Occupational Classification Code Title
1 0112 Human resources managers
2 0211 Engineering managers

Business, finance, and administration occupations
Number National Occupational Classification Code Title
3 1225 Purchasing agents and officers
4 1523 Production logistics co-ordinators

Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
Number National Occupational Classification Code Title
5 2131 Civil engineers
6 2132 Mechanical engineers
7 2133 Electrical and electronic engineers
8 2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
9 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
10 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
11 2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians

Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
Number National Occupational Classification Code Title
12 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
13 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
14 7237 Welders and related machine operators
15 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
16 7242 Industrial electricians
17 7251 Plumbers
18 7271 Carpenters
19 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
20 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
21 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
22 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
23 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
24 7511 Transport truck drivers

Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Number National Occupational Classification Code Title
25 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
26 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
27 8412 Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators
28 8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
29 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

The announcement was made in conjunction with the launch of a new Employer Liaison Service maintained by Alberta Labour, which will act to connect employers and Canadians in need of work. This service will be piloted for a 24 month period in order to improve the hiring of Albertans by employers in that province.

Date Posted: April 20, 2017 Posted In: Labour Market Impact Assessment