The Alberta Coalition for Action on Labour Shortages (ACALS) industry advocacy group continues to grow, now with 21 organizations representing a large portion of the Alberta economy, as members. The group recently took stock and identified next steps:
- Develop a progress report on immigration reforms and meet with Federal Immigration Minister Kenney to: thank the government for efforts to date; ensure industry input so that implementation of the new policies is effective; and seek to address gaps including how to speed up process for employers that are new to hiring TFWs and hence ineligible for the attestation process; and how to extend the ALMO to semi- or low-skilled (NOC C&D) occupations
- Continue to work with the Provincial Government to improve the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) in adopting best practices of other provincial nominee programs, notably introducing an appeals mechanism where an AINP application has been denied
Domestic sources of labour
- Collect information and develop a collective plan of action that may include: advocacy with the Education Ministry; promotion of essential skills.