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When you arrive in Alberta

For many occupations, the qualifications and ways of working vary from one country to another. Newcomers must make a special effort to adapt their knowledge and skills to be accepted into Alberta’s labour market.

Education is often quite expensive. In most cases, you will have to meet these costs yourself. You could also obtain government financial assistance through loans or grants or apply to get a loan from a financial institution.

Most of the time, training requires proficiency in English prior to admission. This is another good reason to start learning the language before leaving your country!

Educational institutions offer full-time or part-time training, day or night. Taking part-time or evening courses can allow you to complete your training while being employed.

Here are links to the main post-secondary institutions in the Edmonton area. All these institutions deliver courses in English except the Campus Saint-Jean.

Athabasca University (distance learning)

Campus Saint-Jean (French-language Campus of the University of Alberta)

MacEwan University

Metro Continuing Education

Norquest College

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

University of Alberta