The Alberta Opportunity Stream application intake has been temporarily paused by the Alberta Advantage immigration Program (AAIP).

The AAIP will continue to assess those Alberta Opportunity Stream applications that were submitted prior to the pause’s institution.

Those applications in the AAIP portal that were in the draft stage but not uploaded before the pause, including those pending final fee payment, will not be accepted.

According to the AAIP website, “this pause will enable the program to address its current inventory and focus its limited immigration nominations on priorities, such as filling labour shortages in healthcare, technology, construction, agriculture, tourism and hospitality and other in-demand sectors.”

“The AAIP will be implementing measures to manage future application volumes against program priorities and to maintain reasonable service standards across its streams.”

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The website will be updated when the pause is lifted, and the stream begins to retake applications.

The Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream

This update comes just two days after the announcement of a new stream under AAIP, called the Tourism and Hospitality Stream, which will commence on March 1, 2024, and will help Alberta’s tourism and hospitality sectors deal with labour gaps and challenges.

Applications will be finite and expedited.

The main reason for this new stream will be to enable Alberta businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry to attract and retain workers.

What is the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program?

AAIP is an economic immigration program that nominates people for an Alberta PR.

Applicants need to have the skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta.

They must also be able to provide for their families.

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The program has three streams for foreign workers living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work there:

The AAIP has four streams for entrepreneurs planning to live in Alberta and buy or start a business there:

The Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream expired in 2018.

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