The Rural Renewal Stream supports the attraction and retention of newcomers to rural Alberta through a community-driven approach that supports local economic development needs and contributes to the growth of the community. The Rural Renewal Stream empowers rural communities to recruit and retain foreign nationals to live, work and settle in their communities.

Communities must apply for and become designated before they can recruit and endorse candidates for the Rural Renewal Stream. Candidates with an endorsement of candidate letter from a designated community can apply using the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program portal.

Learn about community designationeligibility criteria and how to apply.

Recent changes

On April 3, 2023, the AAIP made 5 changes to the program so Alberta can be even more competitive in attracting and keeping skilled and in-demand workers and entrepreneurs, including introducing the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway under the Alberta Express Entry Stream and reducing the minimum investment amount required under the Rural Entrepreneur Stream.

Find out more about recent program updates.

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