Workforce Immigration & Support Program

Endorsement Request Form


The application is completed by the EMPLOYER, not the CANDIDATE. You will not be able to save the form and return to it later, but the form will not time out. Therefore, please confirm that you have ALL the information required prior to starting your submission. You will be required to complete the form in its entirety. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the form. Please ensure that all names are spelled correctly AND all mailing addresses/email addresses are correct prior to submitting the form.

You will require the following information to complete the form:

  • Personal information for the candidates (including residential/email address, country of origin)
  • Corporate Information (including NAICS code and full contact info)
  • Position Information (including NOC code and TEER category, compensation, position details)

Before proceeding:

Before proceeding with this application, please confirm that the Candidate, Job, and Organization meet the following requirements of the Workforce Immigration & Support Program. Only proceed if all these components are accurate. (For more information, please refer to FMWB’s Workforce Immigration & Support Program (WISP) Application Guide.)

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Candidate criteria:

  • Candidate has required licensing, registration and certification requirements
  • Candidate meets all language test scores in English or French
  • Candidate meets educational requirements (Educational Credential Assessment; a recognized Canadian degree, diploma or certificate; or a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or a trade certificate)
  • Candidate has 12 months of full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the last 18 months (or is a Post-Graduation Work Permit Holder)
  • Candidate meets settlement fund requirements if not currently working in Canada.
  • Candidates cannot be participating in another AAIP Stream at the same time
  • Intends to remain in the region for 3 years

Job criteria:

  • Job meets or exceeds the lowest starting wage for the occupation as set out on the Alis website.
  • Job is located within the municipal boundaries of Wood Buffalo.
  • Job was attempted to be filled locally first.
  • Job is full-time (minimum 30 hours per week), non-seasonal and permanent (12 months or more).
  • Job is genuine and represents a labour market need
  • The majority of job duties will be performed within the Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
  • Letter of offer or employment contract (to be sent after) that includes the following:
    • Signature of both Employer and Employee
    • Location of employment
    • Name of Business & Business Contact information
    • Position and description of duties
    • Name, address and contact information of the employee
    • Duration of employment, wage and work conditions

Organization criteria:

  • Is not known to be in violation of any municipal, federal or provincial legislation, and is in good standing with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Worker’s Compensation Board of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Occupational Health & Safety and other regulatory bodies, as applicable.
  • Agrees to abide by the rules and guidelines of the Workforce Immigrant & Support Program, as outlined by Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism.
  • Has reviewed and will comply with eligibility requirements under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program - Rural Renewal Stream.
  • Will review and confirm eligibility requirements with any prospective candidates before issuing an offer of employment, including admissibility requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Acknowledges that FMWBEDT will share the Candidate Endorsement Letter with the YMCA of Northern Alberta, to reach out to the Candidate directly to provide Newcomer Support Services.
  • Will notify FMWBEDT of any changes in legal or operational status via the email.
  • Understands that misrepresentation could result in disqualification from the program.
  • Consents and acknowledges that FMWBEDT may disclose information within this form for reporting purposes to any of the following: the Regional Labour Market Committee, RM of Wood Buffalo, Government of Alberta, Government of Canada and/or the YMCA of Northern Alberta. Information will not be shared beyond these organizations.
  • The business must hold a valid Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo business number and have been in business for at least one year

Yes, I confirm that I have read and agree with all the requirements above and wish to proceed with this application.