Alberta Agriculture & Agri-Food immigration and labour options to fill proven job vacancies in rural areas

April 24, 2018

We are writing to express our concerns with respect to both the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). AILCA appreciates governmental efforts in securing new trade deals, however, detrimental impacts of recent TFWP and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) changes are making the agriculture and agri-food trade targets set in Budget 2017 unachievable. Current orders are increasingly difficult, and expansion is out of reach for many producers and processors.

There continues to be a vast disconnect between industry needs and the federal government’s approach to addressing economic demands in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process, as well as the disconnect between the TFWP and requirements imposed on the PNPs. Alberta producers and processors are encountering the following issues outlined in this letter.

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Canadian Agriculture Well Positioned to Compete Globally

The Chief Economist with Farm Credit Canada says, despite increased global competition, the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector is well positioned to remain profitable moving forward. Farm Credit Canada has released its latest outlooks for the agriculture and agri-food sectors. J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada’s Chief Economist, observes competitive pressures have been mounting as food suppliers around the world increase their output putting downward pressure on prices.

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CPTPP levels the playing field for Canada’s Beef Industry

March 9, 2018

Calgary, AB — (March 9, 2018): The National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) applauds the Canadian government for signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Agreement in Chile today.

“Canada should approve CPTPP in parliament as soon as possible so we get in on the ground floor on tariff reductions and secure lower tariffs as quickly as possible,” stated John Weekes, NCFA Trade Advisor, Senior Business Advisor at Bennett Jones, former ambassador to the WTO, and Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the original NAFTA.

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