Immigrating to Alberta

The SouthGrow Region welcomes visitors and newcomers to the region.  In fact, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in 2007, 317 immigrants selected a location in the SouthGrow region as their destination of choice on their permanent residence application.  This figure does not include temporary foreign workers, students or temporary residents.

The region's diversified economy, excellent quality of life and welcoming communities make it a prime place for settlement.  This is evident by the large total change (64.8%) for the SouthGrow region between 2002 and 2007.

The Province of Alberta provides numerous resources to guide immigrants considering settlement in the SouthGrow region before and after arriving to the region and the province.

Economic Indicators: South Central Region

Immigrants, CIC (Permanent Residents) 1

South Central

As of December 31, 2001

221

% of Province

1.3%

As of December 31, 2002

219

% of Province

1.5%

As of December 31, 2003

232

% of Province

1.5%

As of December 31, 2004

263

% of Province

1.6%

As of December 31, 2005

300

% of Province

1.5%

As of December 31, 2006

317

% of Province

1.5%

As of December 31, 2007

361

% of Province

1.8%

Annualized Percentage Growth, 1997 - 2007, 10 years2

2.7%

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Landing File

1 Permanent Immigrants – Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) count of where immigrants are landing within the province of Alberta. This includes spouses, dependents, entrepreneurs, investors, self employed, refugees and family sponsorship. This does not take into account those that land in other Canadian provinces and then move to Alberta.

2 Annualized Percentage Growth, 1997 - 2007, 10 Years (%) – The average annual increase in immigrants over the 10 year period.