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Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream: Fast-Track Immigration Path

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Calgary and Alberta Immigration

Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream: Fast-Track Immigration Path

Alberta announced the launch of a new immigration stream under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). Alberta's Tourism and Hospitality Stream will help fill labour shortages in the tourism industry, a significant contributor to the province's economy. The Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream is a fast-track immigration path to permanent residency for qualified temporary foreign workers in the tourism industry who are already in Alberta.

“The future of Alberta’s visitor economy depends on a thriving tourism and hospitality sector being able to meet the increasing demands of visitor traffic throughout the province. We’ve listened to stakeholders as they’ve shared concerns about the persistent labour shortages within their industry, and this new stream is a direct response to those challenges.”

- Muhammad Yaseen, Alberta Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism


Key Points of the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream

The Alberta Tourism and Hospitality stream is for individuals who have been working in tourism and hospitality for 6 months or more, and have a valid full-time, non-seasonal job offer from an approved employer in the tourism industry.

Apply to the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality stream via the AAIP portal.

  • Target Audience: Temporary foreign workers currently living and working in Alberta's tourism and hospitality industry.
  • Goal: Address labour shortages in the province's tourism sector.
  • Eligibility:
    • A minimum 6 months of experience in a relevant tourism/hospitality role.
    • Valid full-time job offer from an approved Alberta employer in the same industry.
    • Currently residing in Alberta with a valid work permit with a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment).
  • Application Process: Apply directly through the AAIP portal.
  • Benefits: Offers a pathway to permanent residency in Alberta.
  • Timeline: Launched March 1, 2024, with a limited number of applications being accepted.
    • The maximum number of initial applications has been met and applications are closed for now.
    • The next intake stage will be opened once these applications have been reviewed.
    • Check back for information on the second intake phase.

Processing will be prioritized by the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP).

Note: If you have an existing AAIP application as of March 1, 2024, you are not eligible to apply to the Tourism and Hospitality Stream.

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Types Of Employers Included In Alberta's New Stream for Tourism and Hospitality Workers

Approved Alberta Tourism and Hospitality employers include:

  • Art Galleries, Art Museums, Interpretive Centres, Museums
  • Game Farms, Zoos
  • Billiard Parlours, Bowling Alleys, Pool Halls
  • Driving Ranges, Golf Courses
  • Chairlifts, Gondolas, Ski Instruction, Ski Resorts
  • Casino Halls, Dance Halls
  • Arenas, Stadiums, Race Tracks
  • Wildlife and Wilderness Associations, Tour Guides, Tourist Promotion, Park Associations
  • Coffee Shops, Drive-In Restaurants, Restaurants, Take-Out Services, Bartending Services
  • Bed and Breakfast, Cabins and Motels, Convention Centres
  • Amusement Parks and Rec Resorts, Hot Air Ballooning, Boats, Pleasure and Water Tours, Campsites
  • Hostels, Bingo Halls, Airports
  • Private Clubs, Sporting Clubs, Fitness Clubs and Gun Clubs


Do You Want to Move to Calgary, Alberta? Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law to Discuss Your Options

Ackah Business Immigration Law has a team of experienced immigration professionals who will work closely with businesses and individuals to ensure your application is complete, accurate and meets all the requirements. By using our firm, you can avoid common mistakes that could lead to rejection and the potential loss of your chance to work in Canada or the U.S. We also provide ongoing support throughout the entire process, so you can be confident that you are taking the necessary steps to secure your visa.

Ackah Law has offices in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to help people move to new opportunities in Canada and the U.S. To get in touch with Ackah Business Immigration Law, contact us at (587) 854-3866 or send an email directly to contact@ackahlaw.com.

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