Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway – (Simple & Easy Guide)

Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway – (Simple & Easy Guide)

The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) offers fast processing for foreign workers already working for or holding a job offer from a tech industry employer in Alberta within an eligible tech occupation. The Province of Alberta is operating this stream in order to fulfill its increasing demand in the tech industry.

Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway Overview

The Alberta Accelerated Tech pathway follows as applicants are required to independently submit an interest form. If the AAIP determines that they satisfy the eligibility criteria outlined below, they will be extended an invitation to submit an application. This differs from other applicants who receive their invitations while in the Express Entry pool.

Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway Requirements

  • You should have the minimum requirements outlined in the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
  • Additionally, you are engaged in full-time employment within Alberta under an employment contract or should have a legitimate job offer for full-time work based in Alberta. Full-time employment is defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week and should be documented through a signed agreement between you and your employer.
  • This agreement must adhere to the job offer and current employment contract criteria specified in the Assessment criteria.
  • Furthermore, the occupation in the job offer should be on the list of eligible Accelerated Tech Pathway occupations.
  • The employing Alberta-based organization must primarily operate within the Alberta tech industry, as defined by the AAIP list of eligible North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.
  • The primary occupation specified in your Express Entry profile must align with the occupation either currently held in Alberta or covered by your job offer.
  • The base minimum wage or salary associated with the employment must meet the provincial minimum wage requirements.
  • Additionally, it should either meet or exceed the required outlined in your Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) of lowest starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta.

Please note that non-wage compensation, such as benefits from company ownership, is not considered part of the applicant’s base monetary wage or salary.

Individuals falling into the following categories are ineligible to apply for or be nominated under the Accelerated Tech Pathway, even if they are employed by an eligible Alberta employer in a qualifying tech occupation or possess a job offer for 30 hours or more per week over a period of 12 months or longer:

  • Part-time, casual, or seasonal employees, regardless of their weekly working hours.
  • Independent contractors or temporary agency workers.
  • Employees not physically working in Alberta, this include online work from outside Alberta.

List of Occupations

Applicants must either be currently employed in one of the 38 tech occupations recognized as in-demand by the AAIP or possess a job offer from an Alberta employer affiliated with an eligible tech industry.

NOC codeOccupation
00012Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
10011Human resources managers
10022Advertising, marketing and public relations manager
10030Telecommunication carriers manager
11200Human resources professionals
11202Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
12101Human resources and recruitment officers
20010Engineering managers
20011Architecture and science managers
20012Computer and information systems managers
21210Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211Data scientists
21220Cybersecurity specialists
21221Business system specialists
21222Information systems specialists
21233Web designers
21223Database analysts and data administrators
21231Software engineers and designers
21230Computer systems developers and programmers
21232Software developers and programmers
21234Web developers and programmers
21300Civil engineers
21301Mechanical engineers
21310Electrical and electronics engineers
21311Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
22110Biological technologists and technicians
22212Drafting technologists and technicians
22220Computer network and web technicians
22221User support technicians
22222Information systems testing technicians
22301Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
22302Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
22310Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
32120Medical laboratory technologists
32129Other medical technologists and technicians
33101Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
41402Business development officers and market researchers and analysts
50011Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
51120Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
52120Graphic designers and illustrators
60010Corporate sales managers
72200Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72201Industrial electricians
72205Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians

How to Apply?

  1. To start the application process for this pathway, foreign nationals must confirm their eligibility by ensuring they meet the industry or National Occupation Classification (NOC) code requirements for one of the 38 in-demand occupations.
  2. Once a candidate passes the eligibility, individuals can begin their application by submitting details of their Express Entry profile, job offer, and employer to the AAIP.
  3. Alberta will then assess the provided details and extend invitations to eligible candidates to apply for provincial nomination.
  4. Applicants under the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway experience an expedited processing timeline for their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) application.
  5. Upon a successful nomination, candidates will be invited to accept the provincial nomination on their Express Entry profile, resulting in the addition of 600 points to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
  6. These extra points significantly enhance the likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through the Express Entry system.


How do you qualify for the accelerated tech pathway in Alberta?

You should meet the minimum requirements outlined in the Alberta Express Entry Stream and have job offer for full-time work in the Alberta tech industry.

What is Alberta accelerated tech pathway processing time?

The average processing time for Alberta’s accelerated tech pathway is nine months.

What are the Alberta accelerated tech pathway occupation list?

A total of 38 occupations are in Alberta accelerated tech pathway, you can find the list here.


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