Alberta Opportunity Stream Reopens with New Application Process for 2024

Alberta remains a top choice for immigrants due to its thriving economy and quality of life. However, the demand to immigrate to Alberta exceeds the province’s capacity, as determined by the federal government’s annual nomination limits. 

For 2024, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allocated 9,750 nominations to Alberta. This is the maximum number of provincial nomination certificates that can be issued this year.

In March 2024, Premier Danielle Smith wrote a letter to Justin Trudeau requesting an increase in the provincial nomination quotas. However, it appears she has not yet received a positive response.

As of May, Alberta had already issued 4,337 nominations. The remaining nominations will be distributed strategically across different streams to maintain a balanced and effective allocation.

To manage this demand effectively, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) has introduced new guidelines for 2024.

To optimize processing times and manage application volumes, the AAIP has announced that the province will resume accepting applications for the Alberta Opportunity Stream starting on June 11. This decision is part of a broader strategy to manage the high volume of applications and streamline the processing times for various immigration streams.

Moreover, the program has introduced updated guidelines to provide more clarity on managing nomination targets and processing times for the year 2024. These guidelines are designed to align with the annual PNP allocation set by the Canadian government, ensuring a fair and efficient distribution of nominations across different sectors and economic priorities. By implementing these changes, the AAIP aims to better balance the distribution of nominations throughout the year, addressing the needs of all economic sectors in the province.

To streamline processing times and manage the volume of applications, the AAIP has introduced monthly intake limits for several streams. These limits are designed to help balance the distribution of nominations throughout the year and ensure that all sectors’ economic priorities are addressed. Applications will be accepted monthly, starting on the following dates: June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5, and December 10

The Alberta Opportunity Stream, Rural Renewal Stream, Accelerated Tech Pathway, and Tourism and Hospitality Stream will all benefit from this initiative. By organizing the remaining nominations for these streams evenly over the next seven months of 2024, the province aims to maintain a balanced approach to immigration intake.

Additionally, to manage the influx of applications effectively, Alberta will only be accepting a set number of applications each month for these streams. This measure not only ensures a manageable workload for immigration officials but also allows for thorough processing of each application received.

 The monthly intake limits are as follows:

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream: 430-444 applications
  • Accelerated Tech Pathway: 30-50 applications
  • Rural Renewal Stream: 145-160 applications
  • Tourism and Hospitality Stream: 130-143 applications

While the application process has been updated, the eligibility criteria for each stream remain unchanged. This consistency allows prospective immigrants to continue preparing their applications based on the existing requirements without having to adjust to new criteria.

The AAIP aims to address labor market needs and support economic growth across different sectors by managing nominations through specific streams. Dates for application acceptance, application targets, and processing times will be updated regularly. These details are subject to change, so applicants and potential applicants should check regularly for the latest information.

As mentioned earlier, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has allocated 9,750 nominations to Alberta. As of May, Alberta had already issued 4,337 nominations. The remaining nominations will be distributed strategically across various streams to ensure a balanced and effective allocation. The Rural Renewal Stream, Express Entry Stream, and Alberta Opportunity Stream have the highest number of allocations remaining for the rest of the year.The stream-specific nominations are as follows:

Stream / pathway2024 nominations issued2024 total estimated nominations allocated (subject to change)
Alberta Opportunity Stream2,2455,393
Express Entry Stream9831,775
Dedicated Healthcare Pathways228320
Accelerated Tech Pathway5361,047
Priority Sector Draws and other initiatives116231
Family Connection and Occupation in Demand103177
Rural Renewal Stream9711,900
Tourism and Hospitality Stream135660
Entrepreneurial Streams: Foreign Graduate, Graduate, Rural and Farm Streams combined322
Grand Total4,3379,750

The immigration pathways provided by the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are:

  1. Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  2. Alberta Express Entry Stream
  3. Accelerated Tech Pathway for Express Entry
  4. Alberta Opportunity Stream (currently paused)
  5. Tourism and Hospitality Stream
  6. Religious Workers Eligibility Program
  7. Rural Renewal Stream
  8. Rural Entrepreneur Stream
  9. Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Eligibility Criteria 

The basic eligibility criteria for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) include:

  1. Meeting the requirements of one of the AINP streams.
  2. Having a valid temporary resident status in Canada.
  3. Having a qualifying job offer from an Alberta employer (for some streams).
  4. Demonstrating the intention and ability to live and work in Alberta.
  5. Meeting minimum language requirements (for some streams).
  6. Having sufficient settlement funds (for some streams).
  7. Meeting any additional criteria specific to the chosen stream.

Alberta Express Entry draws for 2024:

  • May 1, 2024: 40 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 305.
  • April 17, 2024: 49 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 305.
  • March 19, 2024: 41 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 304.
  • March 5, 2024: 34 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 303.
  • February 20, 2024: 33 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 311.
  • February 6, 2024: 44 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 302.
  • February 1, 2024: 80 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Priority sector – construction occupation with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 382.
  • January 30, 2024: 22 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 312.
  • January 16, 2024: 22 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 312.
  • January 11, 2024: 44 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Priority sector – agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 312.
  • January 2, 2024: 42 Notification of Interest letters sent. Draw parameters: Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter: 309.

The AAIP’s new guidelines for 2024 reflect Alberta’s proactive approach to managing its immigration program. By introducing monthly intake limits and specific nomination targets, the province aims to address the high demand for immigration while supporting economic priorities across all sectors. Prospective immigrants should take note of these changes and plan their applications accordingly to ensure the best chance of success.

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