Alberta adds 5 new communities to its Rural Renewal Stream for permanent residency (PR), making the total to 22 communities now.
Drayton Valley, Cold Lake, St. Paul, Slave Lake, and Athabasca County are the new designated communities added on March 10, 2023.
Alberta Rural Renewal stream is one of the best PR program for foreign nationals with a job offer in one of these communities.
Furthermore, applicants need cumulative 12 months of experience. And, this can be a combination of experience in Alberta or in Canada (outside Alberta) or even abroad.
However, this program being new (launched in 2022) continues to be under utilized with low application numbers.
Another notable feature of this PR stream is that only CLB level 4 or 5 is required. This is equivalent to IELTS less than 4 in reading and 5 in rest of the modules.
Moreover, only high school level of education is required to qualify for the Rural Renewal Stream.
Full list of designated communities for Alberta Rural Renewal Stream
|City of Cold Lake||March 10, 2023|
|County of St. Paul (including: Town of St Paul, Town of Elk Point, Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay)||March 10, 2023|
|Town of Drayton Valley||March 10, 2023|
|Athabasca County (including: Town of Athabasca, Village of Boyle)||March 10, 2023|
|Town of Slave Lake||March 10, 2023|
|Town of Fox Creek||February 13, 2023|
|Town of Fairview (including: Village of Hines Creek)||January 13, 2023|
|City of Medicine Hat (including: County of Forty Mile, Cypress County, Town of Bow Island, Town of Redcliff)||January 13, 2023|
|Town of Edson||November 8, 2022|
|County of Barrhead (including: Town of Barrhead)||November 8, 2022|
|Big Lakes County (including: Town of High Prairie)||November 8, 2022|
|Town of Hinton||November 8, 2022|
|Municipality of Jasper||September 13, 2022|
|Town of Innisfail||September 9, 2022|
|Municipal District of Smoky River (including: Town of Falher, Town of McLennan, Village of Donnelly, Village of Girouxville)||September 9, 2022|
|County of Grande Prairie (including: Town of Sexsmith, Town of Wembley, Town of Beaverlodge)||September 9, 2022|
|Town of Trochu||September 9, 2022|
|Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo||September 9, 2022|
|Town of Whitecourt||July 20, 2022|
|Town of Taber (including: Municipal District of Taber, Town of Vauxhall, Town of Coaldale)||July 20, 2022|
|City of Grande Prairie||July 6, 2022|
|City of Brooks (including: Town of Bassano, Village of Duchess, County of Newell, Village of Rosemary)||May 13, 2022|
List of ineligible occupations for Alberta Rural Renewal Stream
Job offers in one of the below listed occupations are ineligible for Alberta Rural Renewal Stream.
|NOC Code (2021)||Occupation|
|60040*||Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers|
|51111||Authors and writers (except technical)|
|51122||Musicians and singers|
|42200*||Justices of the peace|
|53121||Actors, comedians and circus performers|
|53122||Painters, sculptors and other visual artists|
|53124||Artisans and craftspersons|
|33100*||Dental laboratory bench workers|
|44100||Home child care providers|
|44101||Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations|
|65229||Other support occupations in personal services|