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Alberta Plans to Enhance its Provincial Nomination to Address Skilled Worker Shortages

Alberta aims to nominate a significantly higher number of candidates for a permanent residence between 2023 and 2025 to support its growing economy and labor shortages.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently allocated 9,750 nominations to help Alberta nominate meet the job market and economy needs in 2023. The 2023 figure is far higher than the last year’s allocation, which was 6,500. Several provinces, including Ontario and Alberta, are strongly following up with the federal government to increase the quota of nominations.  

 Alberta will nominate 10,140 and 10,849 candidates in 2024 and 2025, respectively. These allocations will help Alberta bridge a large labor market gap as the province needs to fill 100,000 job vacancies.

Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

Alberta operates various provincial nomination streams through Alberta Advantage Immigration Program to attract international graduates, foreign-skilled workers, and entrepreneurs planning to settle permanently.  

Alberta provides myriad opportunities to aspiring immigrants through the following options:

  • Express Entry streams
  • Accelerated Tech stream
  • Rural renewal pathway
  • Entrepreneur stream for international graduates
  • Entrepreneur stream for graduates

Candidates receiving nominations become eligible to apply for permanent residency along with their common-law partner, spouse, and dependent children.

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