Below is the transcript of correspondence from the Minister of Labour and Immigration, Honourable Jason Copping, to Sean G McKinsley, Steven J Paolasini, Parvinder “Micky” Singh and Nikola Misina. The Premier of Alberta, Honourable Jason Kenney, is included in this correspondence.

Minister Copping confirms that the Government of Alberta will announce program details to allow entrepreneurs to start or buy existing businesses in smaller Alberta communities. The message is clear: Alberta welcomes entrepreneurial newcomers.

The experienced team at Canada Immigration and Visa Services (CIVS) is on standby to assist prospective applicants in understanding the opportunity that Alberta is making available for those who wish to permanently resettle in Alberta, Canada. CIVS will be conducting an informational webinar with sign-up details to follow.

Text of correspondence follows:

Dear Messers McKinsley, Singh, Paolasini and Ms. Misina:

Thank you for your March 2, 2021 letter regarding permanent residence pathways for entrepreneurial immigrants.  Although my schedule does not permit me to send a video recorded message or to meet, I appreciate you taking the time to share this information.  As Minister of Labour and Immigration, I am pleased to respond and apologize for the delay.

Alberta has always been a magnet for immigration and all Albertans benefit from the entrepreneurial drive and skills that newcomers bring.  Our goal is to attract talented newcomers from overseas and welcome job creating entrepreneurs.  The Alberta Advantage Immigration Strategy (AAIS) is guiding Alberta’s actions related to immigration with the goal of supporting the province’s economic growth.

Under AAIS, the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS) and Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream (FGSVS) are launched and accepting Expressions of Interest.  We are focused on launching the Rural Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (REIS) and Rural Renewal Immigration Stream (RRIS), which will support rural communities across Alberta.

REIS will invite entrepreneurs to start or buy existing businesses in smaller Alberta communities.  Prospective immigrants will have to meet requirements such as net worth and investment thresholds, business experience and a well-developed business plan, and the intent to live and actively manage a business in Alberta.

RRIS will prioritize foreign nationals who are committed to living and working in smaller communities throughout Alberta.  This stream will invite communities to help recruit, screen and support the retention of prospective immigrants.

More information on our rural streams will become available as work progresses.
I hope that the launch of these streams in the coming months will address some of your concerns.

We are also focused on promotion and marketing of IGEIS and FGSVS launched by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).  As a joint program operating under the Canada-Alberta agreement, the Government of Canada must provide concurrence on new AINP streams or significant changes to existing AINP streams.

If you are interested in learning more about our entrepreneur immigration streams, please visit

Thank you again for taking the time to write.  I hope this information will be of assistance to you.


Honourable Jason Copping

Minister of Labour and Immigration

cc:       Honourable Jason Kenney

Premier of Alberta

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