As a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the government of Alberta is accelerating the assessment of applications for permanent residence by Ukrainian nationals through Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). Application and post-decision service fees will also be temporarily waived for new and existing applications made by Ukrainian nationals.
The province has also donated $1 million to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, $5 million to the Ukrainian World Congress, and $5 million to the Canada Ukraine Foundation, as well as $350,000 to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council to coordinate the shipment of first aid and defensive equipment to Ukraine.
Additionally, the government is helping connect temporary Ukrainian residents with Alberta employers who have job openings. The program prioritizes assessments of applications from Ukrainians. Therefore, all program criteria must still be met.
Jason Kenney, Premier said:
"Ukraine holds a deep, historical connection to Alberta, and we owe so much to the hundreds of thousands of Albertans of Ukrainian origin who have helped build this province. This action helps demonstrate Alberta’s unwavering solidarity with the people of Ukraine during their time of need."
The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program is a federal-provincial program that nominates individuals for permanent residence in Alberta if they have skills to fill job shortages or are planning to buy or start a business in Alberta.