Government seeks conduit to help attract foreign LNG professionals 0
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks and a membrane-type tanker are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Futtsu Thermal Power Station in Futtsu, east of Tokyo February 20, 2013. The B.C. government wants to make it faster for foreign-trained LNG workers to come to the province. (REUTERS)
Overseas workers will be able to get in on what Victoria insists will be a liquefied natural gas bonanza, according to government documents.
The Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training is looking for proposals for someone to help it examine what it calls “high-demand occupations” in the LNG sector and make it easier for those trained overseas to fill positions.
“This project will result in an action plan that will encourage immigrants who are in or destined for British Columbia to consider the LNG sector, knowing that their qualifications will be recognized and matched to high-demand occupations,” said the proposal.
“An internationally-trained workforce will be an essential component to complement British Columbia’s domestic workforce, supporting B.C.’s LNG sector for long-term operations.”
Victor Wong of the Chinese Canadian National Council, a group that called for a moratorium on the Temporary Foreign Worker program, wasn’t opposed if the need is genuine.
“This appears directed at recognizing the foreign credentials of immigrants, so in that sense it’s complementary to an overall holistic labour accord,” he said.
Wong said his group has been asking governments to recognize foreign credentials for some time, but added residents also need to be trained for local jobs.