OTTAWA — Alberta’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program was on the table for discussion this week in a meeting between Tony Pollard, president of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), and Blake Richards an Alberta MP and chair of the All Party Non-Partisan Tourism Caucus.

While HAC’s support of the new Federal Tourism Strategy was discussed, there was a lengthy conversation on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and how vital it is to hotel operations across Canada.

The problem is the Foreign Worker program needs to be more consistent across provinces and requires immediate government attention. “There is no reason why hiring an individual under the program in Nova Scotia takes a few weeks while in Alberta it can take up to several months,” reads a HAC press release that references the meeting. “Richards indicated that he would like the HAC to meet with the full Alberta Conservative Caucus in the near future.”

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