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'Alberta hires Albertan first' getting popular among localsIndia Blooms News Service
Under the existing federal-provincial regulations there are 29 restricted occupations where hiring of temporary foreign workers are strictly prohibited.
The list, among others, includes engineering managers, contractors, machinists, plumbers, carpenters and oil-and-gas drillers, a report in Calgary Metro News read.
The government now had been emphasizing the need of hiring local jobseekers by the companies as that would help reducing rate of unemployment and at the same time would increase purchasing power of the working class.
Currently, Alberta's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 8.4 percent.
Until Dec 2016, the province had the third highest number of Employee Insurance recipients in Canada, which was 55 percent more than the corresponding period the year before.
(Reporting by Chandan Som)