Rural Renewal program introduced to Southeastern Alberta communities

Medicine Hat – Medicine Hat Economic Development is pleased to celebrate the launch of the Rural Renewal Program, a collaborative immigration initiative, in partnership with the Government of Alberta and neighbouring municipalities of Cypress County, Town of Redcliff and Town of Bow Island, collectively known as the Southeast Alberta Immigration Partnership.

The Rural Renewal Stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) supports the attraction and retention of newcomers in rural Alberta through a community-driven approach that is responsive to local economic development needs and contributes to the economic growth of the community by helping fill gaps within the local labour force.

"The employer demand for Rural Renewal has been substantial, underscoring the need for creative solutions to labour gaps in our region,” states Selena McLean-Moore, Director of Medicine Hat Economic Development. “Our initial allotment of spaces was filled within 24 hours of the program’s launch, we hope to make additional spaces available within the month,“ adds McLean-Moore.

This collaborative program aims to attract skilled and financially secure immigrants to Southeastern Alberta, fostering economic growth and community development.

“Attracting new residents to our region is beneficial for our local economy, however, supporting our local workforce is also of vital importance” says McLean-Moore. “Therefore, one of the eligibility requirements for employers is to advertise job openings to local candidates for a minimum period before selecting candidates from the immigration pool, ensuring our residents are given priority,” explains McLean-Moore.

By offering opportunities for newcomers to contribute their talents and skills to local businesses and industries, Medicine Hat Economic Development anticipates significant long-term benefits for the region.

"This workforce development partnership underscores our collective commitment to building vibrant, thriving communities in Southeastern Alberta," says McLean-Moore. "We are grateful for the enthusiastic response to the Rural Renewal Program and remain committed to accommodating as many applicants as possible by managing a waiting list.”

For more information about the Rural Renewal Program, please visit


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