Alberta is set to launch an Express Entry Stream

Alberta is set to launch an Express Entry stream in January, 2018, allowing the province to use a portion of its allocation for the (AINP) to nominate candidates in Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry pool.

In doing so, Alberta will finally join most other provinces in having at least one (PNP) stream aligned with Express Entry. By January, it will have been three years since IRCC’s Express Entry system first came into operation.

At this time, the eligibility criteria for Alberta Express Entry have not been publicly disclosed.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-aligned stream, also known as an enhanced nomination or stream, receive 600 additional points (CRS) points and an (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool. An enhanced provincial nomination is the single most valuable factor under the CRS.

“Immigrants are a valued part of our workforce and communities. Helping them settle successfully is crucial to the ongoing prosperity of our province,” said labour minister, Christina Gray.

“These changes will simplify processes, reduce wait times and make it more fair for applicants across all sectors to apply for permanent residency in Alberta.”

Alberta’s population stands at just over four million, with more than half of all residents residing in Calgary or Edmonton.