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You've probably heard a lot about the proposed LNG industry and jobs. Christy Clark won a provincial election, in part, by claiming that the industry would create 100,000 jobs in BC. We'll look at that number elsewhere, but here is a little detail that surfaced after the election victory:

Immigrants to B.C. will also be an important part of the labour supply. B.C. has been successful in attracting and retaining immigrants to the Lower Mainland, but has had more limited success encouraging them to settle in the north. The emergence of the new LNG industry is an opportunity for the province to be more targeted in the programs it offers in conjunction with the federal government. The federal government, for its part, is changing immigration and temporary foreign worker programs in an attempt to make them more flexible and responsive to industry needs.

Source: BC Natural Gas Workforce Strategy and Action Plan July 2013, p. 10