In April 2022, Alberta introduced the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), a new stream to attract immigrants from overseas or other provinces. The Alberta Tech Pathway, one of the seven streams of this program, gained the most popularity over the last few months and placed Alberta on the lips of potential immigrants considering Canada.
There are two main streams under the AAIP with sub-streams. AAIP replaced the Alberta Immigrant Nominee program, which could have been more effective if Alberta Immigration had been transparent with the occupations in demand, nomination requirements and process. While there were speculations based on the history of people who were invited, those who presumably should have been invited based on family ties and stronger points were not considered. This new AAIP is a welcome development. As with all immigration programs, this stream’s goal is economic growth by filling job shortages or supporting those planning to buy or start a business in Alberta.
This stream is for foreign workers living and working in Alberta or who plan to live and work in the province. The substreams under this stream are:
Alberta Opportunity Stream
Qualified candidates who live and work in Alberta and have a job offer from an Alberta employer can apply for an AAIP nomination under this stream.
Alberta Express Entry Stream (Accelerated Tech Pathway)
This stream is for qualified candidates with an Express Entry Cumulative Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 300 points with a job offer. Candidates with a job offer from an employer considered to be in the Tech industry can qualify for expedited processing under the Accelerated Tech Pathway.
Rural Renewal Stream
Qualified candidates who have a job offer from an Alberta employer to work in a designated rural Alberta community can apply for AAIP nomination.
There are four sub-streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province. They are:
Rural Entrepreneur Stream
Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
International graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residency.
Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Foreign graduates outside Canada may apply for permanent residency under this stream if they are entrepreneurs and meet the eligibility requirements.
Foreign nationals temporarily living in other provinces can also become permanent residents through these streams. However, the suitable pathway for potential immigrants depends on whether they have job offers or money to invest in a business. To successfully navigate these pathways, potential immigrants require a lot of research, networking and consultation with licensed immigration professionals to secure a nomination.