March 3, 2023
By Shelby Thevenot
Alberta has been advocating to the federal government for more immigrants.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets the number of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates that the provinces can nominate each year.
Alberta’s PNP allocation has been increased substantially from last year. In 2023, Alberta will be able to issue 9,750 nominations, up from 6,500 in 2022.
In a media release, the province says it expects to be able to issue 10,140 nominations in 2024 and 10,849 nominations in 2025.
With Alberta’s economy growing and about 100,000 job vacancies to fill, the province is seeking more skilled workers.
“Alberta needs more immigrants. We need them to help grow our communities, address labour shortages in key sectors and help continue Alberta’s economic success,” read a quote attributed to Rajan Sawhney, the province’s immigration minister. “I have lobbied the federal government for many months to receive an increase in Alberta’s nomination numbers, and I am pleased to see that they have listened to my request.”
Although Alberta added 120,000 jobs since the start of 2021, there are still about 74,140 job openings and a forecasted shortage of 33,100 workers by 2025 across many occupations, skill levels and sectors.
Alberta has created numerous new immigration pathways, adjusted programs, and established priority processing mechanisms to increase opportunities and attract skilled newcomers. These initiatives include:
- Alberta Express Entry Stream – high demand skills with Alberta family connection
- Accelerated Tech Pathway
- Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
- Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
- Religious Workers Eligibility
- Rural Renewal Stream
- Rural Entrepreneur Stream
- Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine
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