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The new Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) means significant change for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within Alberta. SMEs within the trades industry may lack the human resources, time, and/or skills to learn the ins and outs of the new legislation. Furthermore, the Government of Alberta’s Trade Secrets website is cumbersome and not easily navigable, particularly for the less internet savvy user.
Trades people moving to Alberta and attempting to transfer certifications may also encounter these issues, putting Alberta at a competitive disadvantage in recruiting skilled workers. Frustration caused by these obstacles may also lead to intentional or unintentional contravention of AIT/TILMA regulations on the part of both employers and trades people.
Additionally, as immigration continues to grow in Canada, there is an increasing likelihood that trades people coming to Alberta and/or new small business owners may have limited English language skills, a further impediment to ensuring that legal requirements are understood and met.
It is imperative to the provincial economy that Alberta use the current opportunity, while the labour force needs are not as pressing, to establish meaningful support resources in a pro-active fashion to meet the coming demands, and that Alberta position itself to attract and employ skilled workers from other parts of Canada in an efficient, cost-effective and timely manner.
Consequently, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce recommends that the Government of Alberta:
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