Alberta launches Accelerated Tech Pathway

By Vijay Lala



EDMONTON ― Alberta’s Minister of Labour and Immigration, Tyler Shandro, has announced the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway launch, a new initiative to help foreign workers working in high-demand fields like technology get PR quickly. The announcement was made on January 13, 2022.

The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway under Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will provide fast-track PNP immigration to eligible applicants in these fields who are currently working for or have a job offer with an Alberta-based tech industry employer in a suitable tech occupation.

This initiative aims to support the tech sector’s growth in Alberta to create a more diverse workforce with a stronger talent pool for employers looking to hire workers with specialized skill sets in the technology sector.

Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have a Federal Express Entry profile with a minimum CRS score of 300
  • Working full time or having a job offer in an eligible occupation from an Alberta based employer
  • The primary occupation in the Express Entry profile must match with Alberta employment/job offer

List of eligible occupations under Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway:

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

NAIC codes of eligible industries under Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway:

  • 2211 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • 3251 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • 3254 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
  • 3333 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
  • 3341 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3342 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3343 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3344 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • 3345 Navigational, Medical and Control Instruments Manufacturing
  • 3346 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
  • 3364 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • 4173 Computer and Communications Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • 5112 Software Publishers
  • 5121 Motion Picture and Video Industries
  • 5171 Wired Telecommunications Carrier
  • 5172 Wireless Telecommunications Carrier (except satellite)
  • 5174 Satellite Telecommunications
  • 5179 Other Telecommunications
  • 5182 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
  • 5191 Other Information Services
  • 5413 Architectural, Engineering and Related Services
  • 5414 Specialized Design Services
  • 5415 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • 5417 Scientific Research and Development Services
  • 5419 Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • 7115 Independent Artists, Writers and Performers
  • 8112 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance

Along with the priority process, tech professionals will also get a letter of support from the Government of Alberta if they require a work permit.

If you are eligible, you can apply for Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Accelerated Tech Pathway here.

By Vijay Lala

Vijay Lala is the founder and editor-in-chief of Dual master's degrees in Political Science and Economics, along with a decade of Canadian immigration research experience, have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of immigration law, policy research, and settlement issues. Linkedin  Twitter

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