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Lukaszuk promotes Alberta south of the border

Lukaszuk promotes Alberta south of the border

Edmonton… Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk will travel to Texas and Illinois from August 29 to September 2 to encourage investment and attract skilled and experienced people for Alberta’s oil and gas sector.

“We need workers and our neighbours need jobs,” said Lukaszuk. “The U.S. is an attractive market for Alberta employers as we have similar occupational health and safety standards, licensing requirements and a common language. It’s about creating opportunity – investment in Alberta’s oil and gas sector creates jobs on both sides of the border.”

Lukaszuk will meet with investors, industry leaders and government officials to provide an overview of Alberta’s labour needs and standards on safety in Alberta’s workplaces. The minister will also meet with Albertans and Canadians who may be looking for an opportunity to return home.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) makes it easier for U.S. citizens in certain professions to work in Canada as they can more easily obtain a federal work permit. There are more than 60 professions listed as part of NAFTA and some are currently or expected to be in shortage in Alberta: geologists, geochemists and geophysicists; civil engineers; mechanical engineers; electrical and electronics engineers; chemical engineers; mechanical engineering technologists and technicians; electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians.

The total cost of the trip for the minister and his executive assistant is estimated at $6,500 including air and ground transportation, meals and accommodations.

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

For more information on NAFTA, visit www.naftanow.org.

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