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Posted on: February 5, 2024

Town of High Level supports local business through new provincial-federal immigration program

AAIP RRS High Level (1)The Town of High Level has been approved to be part of an immigration program designed to assist employers with addressing their labour shortage needs.

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program – Rural Renewal Stream offers eligible foreign workers the opportunity to immigrate to designated communities across Alberta as a provincial nominee with the formal support of the local municipality.

The designation is accessible by employers and businesses located within High Level only.

Employers in northern Alberta often experience difficulties in filling positions within their organizations; sometimes job vacancies are never filled. The Rural Renewal Stream is intended to help alleviate some of these difficulties by accelerating the process of immigrants entering Canada and coming to designated communities (such as High Level) to fill a job they have been hired for.

“This is a great opportunity for the Town to directly support local employers in receiving some much needed help that can be so difficult to find in the north,” said Mayor Crystal McAteer. “At the same time, it allows High Level to grow the diversity of our community and showcase what we have to offer in the north on a global stage.”

The Rural Renewal Stream program is an opportunity for employers in High Level to hire foreign nationals with valid temporary status within Canada, or foreign nationals living abroad looking to immigrate to Canada within a shorter time period than is typical under other available Federal or Provincial immigration programs.

The Rural Renewal Stream is an opportunity to bring newcomers into the community who will be the right fit for the required position. The Rural Renewal Stream also presents the Employer with the possibility of an Endorsed Candidate staying on with the business on a permanent basis once they’ve obtained Permanent Resident through the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.

Employers based in High Level will have the ability to attract, recruit, and retain newcomers. The Town’s role includes endorsing candidates to fill job vacancies with employers approved by the Town, and to meet with endorsed candidates throughout their first year of settlement in High Level.

The Government of Alberta has several criteria for both prospective candidates and employers. The Town requires that employers play an active role in ongoing newcomer settlement into the community.

The Town of High Level has set up a new section on its website to assist candidates and employers in navigating High Level’s Rural Renewal Stream Program.

For more information, please visit the Town of High Level website at https://highlevel.ca/447/AAIP---Rural-Renewal-Stream

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