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  • Alberta

    The Alberta Government is keen on welcoming new immigrants to fill labour shortages and contribute to the provincial economy.Every year, people from all over the world choose Alberta as a great place to work and live, attracted by its high standard of living, diverse and welcoming communities, beautiful scenery and much more.


    About the province of Alberta

    Alberta is located in the western region of the country, bounded by the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north, and the U.S. state of Montana to the south. With over 4 million residents, Alberta is Canada’s fourth most populous province. It is an attractive tourist destination, famous for its spectacular national parks, Rocky Mountains, lakes and forests.

    The capital of Alberta is Edmonton, but the largest city is Calgary, which is located south of the capital. About 75% of Alberta’s population live in the Edmonton – Calgary corridor.

    Alberta has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters.


    Workforce Opportunities

    Stable economy, low taxes and other advantages make Alberta a great place to work and do business.


    Cost of Living

    Alberta is one of the most affordable places in Canada to live. Financial benefits attract families and newcomers to the province renowned for its strong economy and high standard of living. Although housing in Calgary or Edmonton may be expensive, it is still affordable, due to Alberta’s cost-of-living advantages:

    • No provincial healthcare premiums
    • No provincial tax (PST)
    • Residents in every province except Alberta pay up to 10 percent in addition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid by all Canadians.


    Higher Incomes

    Alberta families have the highest median after-tax income in the country, according to Statistics Canada. As of Canadian Income Survey report 2012, Alberta families of two or more people had the highest median income of $92,300 – well above the national average of $71,700.


    Health Care

    Alberta provides a free hospital and medical service, as part of a free basic health insurance through the Alberta health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). This plan covers permanent and temporary residents. It does not cover visitors or tourists. You must register within three months of arriving in Alberta.

    To learn more about health care in Alberta, find out if you’re eligible, what services does AHCIP cover and does not cover, how to access health care services in Alberta and whether you are eligible for any financial support from the government, contact us.

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