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Alberta

The province is situated on Canada’s West Coast. Its capital city is Edmonton, and its most populated city is Calgary. Alberta isn’t short of natural beauty. Though it offers a savanna landscape, it contains a multitude of lakes and rivers. In fact, its landscapes are a UNESCO-recognized world heritage site! For reference, there are 75 national parks in Alberta with 587+ animal species and 500 protected regions. Alberta’s environment and nature allow for a multitude of outdoor activities. Travelers there can visit the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Zone. Outdoor activities are available every season, such as winter skiing, kayaking, and fishing. Calgary is Alberta’s best place for nature lovers, with clean air quality, and 300+ days of sunshine per year! But let’s say you want to enjoy Alberta’s urban life. Edmonton offers that, and it does contain North America’s biggest shopping center the West Edmonton Mall. Many activities also exist there, and the indoor entertainment is satisfactory to all visitors. Plus, low living costs and a competitive education system are features of that city, making it an attraction for international students.

Alberta does have a diverse economy, with sectors including administration and healthcare, education, real estate, and construction. But, it’s renowned for its energy sector and the mining of minerals and fossil fuels, which have turned Canada into the world’s biggest oil exporter. Plus, revenues from Canada’s energy businesses have contributed a lot to the local life quality. Median wages there are much higher than in any other province. This makes home ownership easier there than other locations, especially with low property price tags. For example, home ownership in Alberta is possible with just 27% of yearly income, compared to Toronto’s 69%.

The province has experienced a boom in all its sectors, and its immigration programs plan to capitalize on that. Alberta nominates and prefers candidates who are experienced or who received education in its territory. Sought after talents are from the technology sector. Expertise is also needed in the agriculture and rural sectors. Startups are also encouraged there. Investment migration programs are available to post-graduates with management majors, allowing them to start businesses in Alberta. Other investment migration routes come with little investment requirements, though do require the help of a local organization. For enterprises wanting to enter Alberta’s agricultural sector, the province does offer a residency alternatives with a viable system for investing and implementation.

Facts

Geographic & Economic Profile of Alberta

Edmonton

Edmonton

Capital
Calgary

Calgary

Largest city
English

English

Main language
4,756,408

4,756,408

Population
Q4-2023
661,848

661,848

Total Area (km²)
6th
642,317

642,317

Land Area (km²)
6th
19,531

19,531

Freshwater Area (km²)
9th
5%

5%

Sale tax
$15.00

$15.00

Minimum Hourly Wage
1/2024
$29.50

$29.50

Median Hourly Wage
2023
7.00%

7.00%

Unemployment rate
4/2024
58%

58%

Tertiary education
2021
$1,514

$1,514

Annual premium car insurance
2023
$1,295

$1,295

Monthly childcare
9/2020
$1,688

$1,688

2 bedroom apt rent
8/2022
$450,279

$450,279

Average House Price
2023

Weather Averages

No Data Found

Education Institutions

school
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
Red Deer College
University of Lethbridge
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Lethbridge College
Athabasca University
Grande Prairie Regional College
Mount Royal University
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Major Economic Sectors

Service-producing industries
Goods-producing industries
Industrial production
Energy sector
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
Oil and gas extraction
Public sector
Real estate and rental and leasing
Owner-occupied dwellings
Manufacturing
Construction
Health care and social assistance
city

Top immigration occupations

Q3-2023
Immigration 1
  • 6311 - Food service supervisors
  • 6211 - Retail sales supervisors
  • 7511 - Transport truck drivers
  • 1241 - Administrative assistants
  • 6322 - Cooks
  • 2173 - Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 - Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 4411 - Home child care providers
  • 2171 - Information systems analysts and consultants

Alberta Express Entry Draws

DateTotalCRSLimitations
Jul 2, 202437301Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Jun 18, 202473301Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
May 28, 202499302Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
May 1, 202440305Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Apr 17, 202449302Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Apr 2, 202448303Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Mar 19, 202441304Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Mar 5, 202434303Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Feb 20, 202433311Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Feb 6, 202444302Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Feb 1, 202480382Priority sector - Construction occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500
Jan 30, 202422312Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Jan 16, 202422312Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above
Jan 11, 202444312Priority sector - Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500

References
https://doi.org/10.25318/1410028701-eng
https://doi.org/10.25318/3710013001-eng
http://www.ibc.ca/ns/resources/industry-resources/insurance-fact-book
https://www.retailcouncil.org/resources/quick-facts/sales-tax-rates-by-province
https://arrivein.com/daily-life-in-canada/child-care-in-canada-types-cost-and-tips-for-newcomers
https://www.crea.ca/housing-market-stats/canadian-housing-market-stats/national-price-map
https://wowa.ca/cost-of-living-canada
https://www.travelalberta.com/ca/plan-your-trip/about-alberta/
https://economicdashboard.alberta.ca/grossdomesticproduct#type
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Alberta
https://www.albertaiscalling.ca/