Fort St John, B.C., Looking for Skilled Immigrants
The mayor of Fort St John, Lori Ackerman, has made it clear that there is a pilot project to bring in more international skilled workers into the town of Northern B.C. However at this time there is little information about any other details about the project.
“We’re working on it, and once we’ve got it all ironed out with all the details, it’ll gladly be public,” stated Ackerman, who added that “We’ve received the nod from the province and the federal government to do this pilot project.”
Fort St John’s is looking forward to more skilled immigrants entering the town with skilled trade experience, like welders and electricians.
Local MLA, Pat Pimm said, “We’re looking at trying to get field trades into whatever areas we need them.” He also added that, “The oil and gas industry, we really have problems getting to become part of the foreign worker program or whatever, because they don’t have real consistent hours.” He said that a reason for this was that they had not been able to access foreign workers similar to other businesses.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program allows the province to select candidates for Canadian immigration that will benefit their labour market.