The Alberta Advantage to nominate more immigrants

Alberta to nominate more immigrants in all sectors

Alberta’s government recently announced that the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) will be able to issue 9,750 nominations in 2023. It is a significant increase from the 6,500 nominations allowed in 2022. Moreover, the program expects to receive 10,140 nominations in 2024 and 10,849 nominations in 2025.

For those who are not familiar, every year the federal government, through IRCC, allocates a certain number of nominations to Alberta. However, with Alberta’s economy growing and about 100,000 job vacancies to fill, “the province needs more skilled workers”.

“Alberta’s government has been advocating strongly to the federal government for an increase in the number of immigrants it can accept each year,” said the province in a news release

It is important to mention that Alberta is not the only province advocating for more allocations. Since 2021, Ontario has been asking the federal government to significantly increase the number of nominations. By September 2022, nearly 400,000 jobs continued to go unfilled in Ontario.

Attracting immigrants to Alberta

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, has streams for international graduates, foreign workers and entrepreneurs who plan to live in the province. According to the province, these newcomers bring valuable skills to Alberta and play a key role in its economy.

Not only do newcomers bring new skills, ideas and vision to Alberta’s workforce, they also help us create jobs, diversify the economy and strengthen the workforce in all sectors of the economy.”

Kaycee Madu, Minister of Skilled Trades and Professions

To increase opportunities and attract skilled newcomers, Alberta has been creating numerous pathways, program adjustments and established priority processing mechanisms. These initiatives include:

  • Alberta Express Entry Stream – high-demand skills with Alberta family connection
  • Religious Workers Eligibility
  • Rural Renewal Stream
  • Rural Entrepreneur Stream
  • Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine
  • Accelerated Tech Pathway
  • Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Graduate Entrepreneur Stream 

You can explore all these initiatives in our article “The Alberta immigration program and its streams“.

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