Labour Mobility in Canada

Labour mobility allows Canadian workers in regulated occupations to work anywhere in Canada without further training or testing. For employers, labour mobility provides a larger pool of qualified candidates and a simpler process for hiring skilled workers from other parts of Canada.

Regulated occupations are occupations that are governed by provincial or federal legislation regarding licensing/certification standards. Regulated occupations include professions (such as foresters, lawyers, teachers) and trades (such as electricians, heavy equipment technicians, welders).

In the past, workers in regulated professions and trades sometimes faced difficulties and delays having their occupational qualifications recognized when they moved to a different province or territory. Individual provinces and territories often have different rules governing certification.

To address these barriers, governments across the country* signed the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) to make it easier for people to access job opportunities across Canada.

Under labour mobility provisions of the AIT (and similar agreements such as the British Columbia-Alberta-Saskatchewan New West Partnership Trade Agreement), persons who are certified and in good standing in one jurisdiction in Canada can apply to other Canadian jurisdictions which offer the same certification without having to retrain, retest or have their qualifications reassessed.

* Except Nunavut

Alberta Labour Mobility Survey Report

Alberta’s labour force receives significant numbers of certified workers from other provinces and territories who apply for registration to work in Alberta. The Alberta Labour Mobility Survey report provides a snapshot of the domestic labour mobility rates of certified workers to Alberta.

For general inquiries related to labour mobility, see Alberta Labour Mobility Contact Information.

If you are a worker from outside of Canada and are interested in working in Alberta, visit Immigrating to Alberta for more information.

Modified: 2016-08-23
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