The Government of Alberta updated the AAIP inventory

The Government of Alberta updated the AAIP inventory

The Government of Alberta updated the AAIP inventory
On April 16, 2024, Alberta published the update considering the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) inventory. According to the new update, there were around 4,358 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications, 1,728 Rural Renewal Stream applications, 300 Tourism and Hospitality Stream applications, and 969 applications under all pathways (Family Connection and In-Demand Occupation Streams, Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Priority Sectors, and Accelerated Tech Pathway) of the Express Entry stream. In 2024, the province invited 410 candidates through the AAIP Express Entry streams.

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BC invited skilled candidates under the BCPNP
On April 16, 2024, the Government of British Columbia held new invitation draws under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and issued invitations to apply to skilled candidates in the general draw and to candidates with work experience in healthcare, childcare, construction and veterinary care occupations. In the general draw, the province invited 39 candidates. The minimum score for candidates invited in this draw was 107 points. BC issued 12 ITAs to candidates under the childcare-targeted draw for early childhood educators (NOC 42202). In the Healthcare-targeted draw, British Columbia invited 18 candidates who scored 97 points. The province also issued ten invitations to candidates working in the construction sector. Finally, up to five invitations have been issued to candidates working in veterinary care occupations. In total, British Columbia issued up to 84 ITAs in this draw. This year, British Columbia has already invited up to 2,759 candidates.

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Alberta’s record population growth reveals signs of strain
According to Mark Parsons, chief economist at ATB Financial, Alberta’s robust economy is drawing people to the province, primarily due to housing affordability. Compared to Toronto and Vancouver, the province’s affordable real estate market has been a major attraction, as emphasized in the “Alberta is Calling” ad campaign. This campaign urged Canadians unable to afford a home in their current location to consider moving to Alberta. However, this population influx has increased housing prices and rent, reducing Alberta’s real estate affordability. It has also resulted in a family doctor shortage and overcrowded schools. Despite these challenges, ATB Financial forecasts that Alberta’s population growth will continue to outpace other parts of Canada.

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Ottawa prioritizes French-speaking economic immigrants, often overlooking stronger candidates
The Canadian Government places a high emphasis on French-speaking economic immigrants, which sometimes results in the bypass of applicants with higher rankings. With the recent overhaul of the Express Entry system, Ottawa has extended invitations for permanent residency to approximately 19,700 individuals, primarily based on their proficiency in French. In addition, around 36,150 invitations were sent out to candidates chosen according to their point scores rather than specific qualities. This approach may result in the selection of candidates with lower scores. Some critics express concern that this policy might not effectively foster economic growth and could limit the capacity to attract top talent.

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Quebec advocates a pause on temporary immigration
Quebec’s Parti Quebecois (PQ) has expressed concerns over the current levels of temporary immigration, suggesting that it might contribute to the rise in housing costs. The party believes that the rapid increase of immigrants could make it difficult for residents to afford housing. Although the PQ has not held power or opposition in the last two elections, its popularity is growing. They have committed to construct 45,000 homes over the next five years if they win in the 2026 elections. This proposal is a response to what they perceive as the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ)’s inadequate approach to the housing crisis.

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