Alberta Creates New Tech Immigration Program!

Canada Immigration News: Are you a tech worker in search of IT Jobs in Canada? Well look no further!

On January 13, 2022, Alberta’s immigration minister, Tyler Shandro, announced that it would be adding a fast-tracked pathway for tech workers to immigrate to the province under its new Express Entry stream - Accelerated Tech Pathway.

“The faster we can fill these jobs with skilled and qualified workers, the stronger our overall recovery will be – and that helps all Albertans, no matter where they live or what they do. With our low taxes, amazing quality of life and reasonable cost of living, Alberta is already becoming a magnet for people seeking opportunity. We’re taking action to make Alberta even more attractive for tech workers.” - Tyler Shandro, Minister of Labour and Immigration

How to Apply Through The Accelerated Tech Pathway

Step 1: Check if you qualify for Express Entry

To apply through this new tech immigration programs you will need to ensure that you qualify for at least one of three Express Entry Programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • Federal Skilled Trade Program; or
  • Canadian Experience Class.

Step 2: Ensure that you have a valid job/job offer in Alberta

To apply through the new Accelerated Tech Pathway you will need a valid IT job in Alberta or a job offer from an eligible employer in the Alberta tech industry. Check to see if your employer is on the AINP list of eligible North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes here. You’ll find the 38 eligible occupations listed below:

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program - Accelerated Tech Pathway
(NOC) codesEligible Occupations
0013Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services
0112Human resources managers
0131Telecommunication carriers manager
0211Engineering managers
0212Architecture and science managers
0213Computer and information systems managers
0512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
0601Corporate sales managers
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1121Human resources professionals
1223Human resources and recruitment officers
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2253Drafting technologists and technicians
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
4163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242Industrial electricians
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers

Indian man working on laptop | Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway

Step 3: Check if you meet the Accelerated Tech Pathway Criteria

To apply through the new Accelerated Tech Pathway you will need to meet a few program requirements:

  • have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300;
  • Qualify for at least 1 or more Express Entry programs;
  • are working full-time in Alberta or have a full-time job offer in Alberta (minimum 30 hours per week):
  • the primary occupation in your EE profile is the same occupation as your current Alberta employment or job offer
  • salary must meet minimum wage requirements
  • have a valid immigration status
  • live in or intend to live and work in Alberta

Step 4: Create your Express Entry profile

To apply through the new Accelerated Tech Pathway you will need a valid Express Entry profile. The entire process can be done online and is free.

Step 5: Complete and submit your form

The Accelerated Tech Pathway form includes information regarding your job offer or employment in Alberta, as well as your federal Express Entry profile, so be sure to have your job offer letter on hand.

Factors that could reduce your chances of getting a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter

  • your Express Entry profile expires in 5 months or less;
  • your primary occupation in your federal Express Entry profile:
    • is on the list of High-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta set out on the online Government of Canada Refusal to Process a Labour Market Impact Assessment list
    • is on the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list
    • has a high volume of submissions across all AINP streams.

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