New Alberta Express Entry Stream – Accelerated Tech Pathway

The Alberta Government recently announced a new Express Entry Stream under the Alberta Immigration program: Accelerated Tech Pathway. It allows skilled tech workers an expedited pathway to permanent residency to fulfil labour shortages.

There are more than 3,000 tech companies in the Alberta province. The significant growth of tech companies necessitated the introduction of the Accelerated Tech Pathway to strengthen Alberta’s tech workforce.

The Associate Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Muhammad Yassen, stated that:

“The new [Alberta Accelerated Tech] immigration pathway will help Alberta’s tech industry attract world-class professionals to grow their businesses and develop the skills of Albertans currently employed in the industry.”


To be eligible to apply for the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway, you must meet the following requirements:

Tech Occupations

The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway is only eligible for those that have an occupation in the tech industry. The following is a list of eligible occupations:

  • 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  • 0112 Human resources managers
  • 0131 Telecommunication carriers manager
  • 0211 Engineering managers
  • 0212 Architecture and science managers
  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • 0601 Corporate sales managers
  • 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations
  • 1121 Human resources professionals
  • 1223 Human resources and recruitment officers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2161 Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries
  • 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
  • 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
  • 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations
  • 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • 7242 Industrial electricians
  • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers

Tech Employer

To be considered eligible for the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway, applicants must be employed by or have a job offer from an employer that is part of the Alberta tech industry. This is defined y the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes. The companies that fall into the following categories will be considered eligible for the new tech pathway:

  • 2211 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • 3251 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • 3254 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
  • 3333 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
  • 3341 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3342 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3343 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3344 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • 3345 Navigational, Medical and Control Instruments Manufacturing
  • 3346 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
  • 3364 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • 4173 Computer and Communications Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • 5112 Software Publishers
  • 5121 Motion Picture and Video Industries
  • 5171 Wired Telecommunications Carrier
  • 5172 Wireless Telecommunications Carrier (except satellite)
  • 5174 Satellite Telecommunications
  • 5179 Other Telecommunications
  • 5182 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
  • 5191 Other Information Services
  • 5413 Architectural, Engineering and Related services
  • 5414 Specialized Design Services
  • 5415 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • 5417 Scientific Research and Development Services
  • 5419 Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • 7115 Independent Artists, Writers and Performers
  • 8112 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance

To determine whether your employer qualifies, you can speak with your employer or conduct a search on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) website linked here.

Adriana Chipman

Juris Doctor (University of Melbourne)
Adriana is one of our immigration agent assistants. She graduated from the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne at the end of 2020. She is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen Centre for Law in Melbourne, Victoria.

With her experience in volunteering for not-for-profit organisations in addition to conducting legal research, drafting documents, and engaging with clients
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