Too few young workers entering the labour market; too many older workers leaving it — the consequence could be a labour crunch that will threaten many companies’ ability to compete.
A solution might exist outside Canada in the form of foreign workers. And advice about how to tap into this source of human capital will be provided next Wednesday in Red Deer.
The Central Alberta Rural Manufacturers Cluster, a partnership between the Central Alberta Rural Manufacturers Association (CARMA) and Community Futures, is sponsoring an information session on planning for, selecting and securing foreign workers.
Scheduled for Jan. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m., the session will feature presentations by Henk Ten Wolde, trade commissioner at the Trade Office at the Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Edmonton, and president and owner of the Dutch Western Canada Connection; and Martine Varekamp-Bos, a Canadian immigration consultant and member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.
Participants will learn what they should consider when selecting foreign workers, how to apply for the requisite labour market opinions, exemption categories, how to apply for a work permit and how to deal with visa offices, among other things.
For more information or to register for the session, call the CARMA office at 403-347-2276 or visit its website at www.carmagroup.ca.