Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway

The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway is contained within the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Alberta. The Accelerated Tech Pathway allows certain Express Entry candidates with an Albertan job offer at a company in a tech industry or in an eligible tech role to apply for nomination with expedited processing.

Candidates who meet the requirements of the Alberta Express Entry stream and meet the requirements of the Alberta Accelerated Tech Program may be eligible to receive accelerated application processing.

Individuals who are successfully nominated through the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway will be issued a work permit support letter, allowing them to apply for a temporary work permit. Successful nominees will also be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence.

Job Offer Requirements

The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway has unique job offer requirements. An eligible job offer must be for one of 38 selected in-demand occupations or with an Albertan employer in an eligible tech industry.

The job offer or contract must be signed by you and your Alberta employer and should include details of your employment. The offer must be full-time, continuous, and for at least 12 months. The wage or salary must meet or exceed provincial minimum wage and any requirements set out in an LMIA if applicable. If an applicant does not have an LMIA, their job offer wage must meet or exceed the starting wage for their occupation across all industries in Alberta.

When submitting an Express Entry profile, a candidate’s  should also indicate the same primary NOC as the Alberta job offer.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway, candidate must be eligible under the Alberta Express Entry stream.

Candidates must also be working in one of 38 tech occupations identified as in-demand by the AAIP, or hold a job offer with Alberta employer that is part of an eligible tech industry.

Eligible occupations:

NOC codeOccupation
0013Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0112Human resources managers
0131Telecommunication carriers managers
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
2133Electrical 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

Eligible Industries:

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


Application Procedure

The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway is aligned with Alberta’s Express Entry stream. In order to apply for the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway, a foreign national should verify that they meet the industry or National Occupation Classification (NOC) code requirements for one of the 38 in-demand occupations. If this requirement is met, the person may initiate the application process by submitting details of their Express Entry profile, job offer, and employer to the AAIP. Alberta will then assess the details provided and invite eligible candidates to apply for nomination.

Accelerated Tech Pathway applicants will have their PNP application processed at an expedited rate. Successful nominees will be invited to accept the provincial nomination on their Express Entry profile. Upon accepting a nomination, candidates will receive 600 points toward their CRS score. These additional points will allow candidates to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through the Express Entry system.

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