The attraction of Alberta: Why immigration is at an all-time high

International student: Khushdil Kaur in front of the Senator Burns Building at SAIT on Friday, 27 October, 2023. Kaur moved from Saskatchewan to study at SAIT as an international student (photo by Akshita/The Press).

Canada’s huge, diverse territory has been invaluable for travelers seeking to discover new destinations and opportunities for employment.

In recent years, Alberta has become a more popular location for Canadians wishing to relocate. Many factors are influencing people’s choice to re-settle in Alberta. The province’s flourishing economy is one such factor.

“I am from Italy, but there was unemployment, so I moved to Saskatchewan,” said business administration student Khushdil Kaur. “I will get easy (permanent residency) in Calgary.”

The province boasts an active job market which offers various possibilities across multiple areas, including energy, technology, healthcare, and agriculture.

The economic appeal of Alberta has been further enhanced by the significant growth and diversity experienced by its cities, such as Edmonton and Calgary, in recent times.

Another reason for migration is Alberta’s amazing natural beauty. Numerous national parks in Alberta, such as Banff and Jasper, offer hiking, skiing, and camping opportunities for locals and tourists. Visitors from more urbanized and populated parts of Canada will find a welcome change of pace in the breathtaking scenery and clean air.

Alberta ranks high in terms of quality of life and livability and is regarded for its healthcare system. These elements work together to create a high standard of living that attracts people and families seeking a secure and prosperous environment.

The fact that there is no provincial sales tax (PST) in Alberta is one of the financial benefits of living there. This indicates that citizens pay less taxes on purchases than citizens of other Canadian provinces.

However, prospective immigrants should carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages and make a knowledgeable choice before moving to this vibrant province. Although Alberta is known as the land of opportunity, getting started requires thoughtful planning and adaptation.

“The interest rates have gone up. Even the mortgages of houses and cars are going through the roof,” said Himanshu Jalota, an international student.

“A lot of people are moving to Calgary for settlement, which is a good opportunity. I have been living here for the past five years, and a drastic change has occurred in the rent of basements, too. When I came here, I used to pay $400, and now, for the same room, I am paying $650, which is a lot.”

International student: Khushdil Kaur in front of the Senator Burns Building at SAIT on Friday 27 October, 2023. Kaur moved all the way from Saskatchewan to study at SAIT as an international student (photo by Akshita/The Press).
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As a news reporting and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Akshita Duggal is working as a writer for The Press in 2024.