Edmonton Economic Development Corporation executive director Mike Wo poses for a photo in the development corporation's downtown offices, Wednesday July 4, 2012. The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is working with private industry on a six-week worker recruitment campaign in Seattle, Washington.
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As Alberta continues to struggle with shortages of skilled labourers, employers are now looking south of the border to veterans of the US military to help fill over 100,000 vacant jobs.
Thousands of skilled American workers have been locked out of work due to President Obama's refusal to okay the US leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pledged he would expedite the pipeline's approval process.
The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, a city-run agency, is posting on online veteran jobs boards and hosting recruitment sessions to lure Americans north. Skilled workers like welders, egineers, and pipefitters are able to work up to four years in Canada should they meet the right immigartion criteria.