Alberta Minute: Expedited Immigration, Unjust Transition, and COVID Response Review
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
The Legislature is still adjourned. There are no Committee meetings this week either.
The Alberta Community Justice Awards are currently accepting nominations for individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to enhancing safety in Alberta's communities. Eligible nominees include youth justice committees, restorative justice programs, victim services organizations, police officers, or anyone who has made exceptional contributions to community justice. Nominations must be submitted by 12:00 pm on February 10th.
- Eligible Albertans who have not yet applied for the Province’s affordability payments can still do so online. Those who are already receiving Alberta Seniors Benefits, AISH, or PDD will receive the funds automatically and do not need to apply.
Last Week In Alberta:
- The Alberta government announced a new initiative to expedite the immigration process for individuals with necessary skills and family ties to the province. The "Alberta Advantage" Immigration Program will now reserve 25% of its Express Entry stream nominations for individuals with experience in high-demand fields and an immediate family member residing in Alberta. The program is primarily focused on economic growth, so workers with skills in construction, trades and engineering, computer programming, nursing, office support, and teaching, among others, will be prioritized.
Both Premier Danielle Smith and Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley have expressed their opposition to the recently proposed "just transition" plan. The plan, put forth by the federal government, would eliminate jobs in key sectors such as oil and gas, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and forestry. If you haven’t already signed the petition from our friends at Project Confederation, you can do so here.
- Preston Manning has been selected to chair the committee responsible for reviewing Alberta's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will evaluate the government's decisions and their impact on jobs, children, mental health, and the protection of rights and freedoms. The committee will review orders in council and legislation that occurred during the pandemic. Manning will select the panelists, and the group will gather feedback virtually from experts and the public, before providing a final report and recommendations by November 15th.
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