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Labour mobility within Canada

Certified workers in regulated occupations can work anywhere in Canada without further training, testing or assessments.


Certain occupations are governed by provincial legislation regarding licensing/certification requirements. These include:

  • occupations, such as foresters, lawyers, teachers
  • trades, such as electricians, heavy equipment technicians, welders, machinists, millwrights

Domestic Trade Agreements

The Government of Alberta has signed 2 domestic trade agreements.

Canadian Free Trade Agreement

All provinces and territories have joined the federal government in signing the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), which came into effect July 1, 2017, to make it easier for workers to access job opportunities anywhere in the country. The CFTA replaces the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).

New West Partnership Trade Agreement

The provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan entered into the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA), which also allows for certified workers in regulated occupations to have their qualifications recognized in each of the 4 provinces.

Alberta regulatory authorities

Labour mobility provisions of both domestic trade agreements specify Alberta’s labour mobility obligations for the transfer of certified workers across provincial or territorial lines.

Regulatory authorities through their certification of out of province workers, play a pivotal role in facilitating the movement and certification of workers to Alberta.

Governments that signed the NWPTA and the CFTA are also required to notify each other of anticipated changes to legislation that may affect out of province workers coming to their province/territory to work.

This may include:

  • changes to scopes of practice
  • regulating a new occupation
  • changes to existing legislation (acts, regulations, bylaws, rules)
  • creating a new membership category

To notify regulatory authorities and/or their government departments, you will need to:

Resources for regulatory authorities

Labour Mobility Coordinators across Canada have developed resources to help understand labour mobility obligations. These resources include:

  • CFTA Guidelines to help regulatory authorities understand their obligations under Chapter 7 of the CFTA
  • Best Practices Checklist for Regulatory Authorities, a quick reference guide for certifying out of province applicants
  • FAQs for Regulators


Connect with Alberta Labour Mobility:

Phone: 780-422-5450 (Edmonton and area)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

9th floor, 108 Street Building
9942 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2J5

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