Saturday, July 20, 2024

Changes coming to AAIP for in-demand skilled workers

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The Government of Alberta said it is making it easier for in-demand workers and entrepreneurs to become permanent residents.

The province has announced a few changes to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP).

Premier Danielle Smith said the changes will help Alberta become more competitive by attracting skilled workers from around the world.

“Alberta is a land of opportunity. In our province, you can find the career you want, take home a strong and regular paycheque, and still spend time with family and friends,” said Smith. “Not only do people around the world want to come here, we want them to come here to be a part of our communities and our prosperity, and help Alberta continue to grow and succeed.”


According to a media release from the Alberta government, there are currently about 100,000 job openings across the province. It is expected that there will be a cumulative job shortage of approximately 33,100 workers by 2025.

The province recently announced that it would by increasing the number of economic immigrants it admits over the next three years.

The province is creating a new stream under the AAIP for front-line healthcare workers. Up to 30 per cent of Alberta’s Express Entry Stream allocation in 2023 will be reserved for healthcare professionals who have a job offer from a health employer in Alberta.

“Alberta is a land of opportunity. In our province, you can find the career you want, take home a strong and regular paycheque, and still spend time with family and friends. Not only do people around the world want to come here, we want them to come here to be a part of our communities and our prosperity, and help Alberta continue to grow and succeed.”

Danielle Smith, Premier
For the Rural Entrepreneur Stream, the investment threshold is being lowered to $100,000. According to the government, this will open the door to more qualified entrepreneurs who wish to establish or purchase a business in participating communities.

A change to the Rural Renewal Stream means that skilled workers will no longer be required to have a letter from a settlement agency in order to be considered for entry into Alberta.

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