Information for Workers

Information for Workers

Every year, over 90,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily to help Canadian employers address skill shortages. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) ensure that these workers will support economic growth in Canada and create more opportunities for all Canadian job seekers.

The Alberta government has set up two special advisory offices for temporary foreign workers. These offices provide one-stop access to information and services for temporary workers. This includes help resolving employment standards or occupational health and safety issues, and other support. Concerns that fall outside employment standards and workplace safety – such as housing issues and illegal recruitment fees – will be referred to and followed up by the appropriate authorities.

Working in Alberta – Education Materials

These materials have been developed as part of a group of tools made up of the video, the Facilitator’s Guide and the Student Guide.

Working in Alberta – Rights and Responsibilities

It is important for temporary foreign workers to be aware of their employment rights.

First Day at Work

The proper integration of temporary foreign workers into the workplace is very important to both employers and employees. The following is a first day checklist and worksheet for temporary foreign workers to help ensure safety on the jobsite.

Support Services

Settling into a new country and work environment can be difficult. For information, support and referrals, visit Temporary Foreign Worker Support Services.

English as a second language

Visit an Adult English as a Second Language Drop- in Centre to help you in your transition.

Immigrate to Alberta

For temporary foreign workers interested in gaining permanent residency in the province, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) can help expedite the immigration process. The AINP is designed to support Alberta’s economic growth by attracting labour-market-destined immigrants to the province.

Helpful Resources

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Helpline: 1‑877‑944‑9955 or 780‑644‑9955 (Edmonton local calling area)
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Offices:

    Main Floor, Sterling Place
    9940-106 Street
    Edmonton AB T5K 2N2

    Suite 150, 717-7 Avenue SW
    Calgary AB T2P 0Z3

    To contact either office call the Temporary Foreign Worker Helpline toll-free throughout Alberta at 1‑877‑944‑9955
  • Alberta’s Official Immigration website
  • Employment Standards: 1‑877‑427‑3731 or 780‑427‑3731 (Edmonton local calling area)
  • Employment Standards website
Modified: 2016-11-10
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