Exploring the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) is a program for economic immigration, which selects individuals for permanent residency in Alberta. The program focuses on nominating individuals who possess the necessary skills to address job shortages or have intentions to establish or purchase a business in Alberta. Additionally, nominees must demonstrate the ability to support their families. Both the Alberta and Canadian governments are involved in managing the program. If you are selected through the AAIP, you have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency along with your spouse or common-law partner, as well as dependent children. Applications for permanent residency are handled by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The final decisions regarding these applications are made by the federal government.

Streams for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

The AAIP offers three pathways for foreign workers who currently reside and work in Alberta or have intentions to do so:

Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Stream is available for temporary foreign workers in Alberta who already have a full-time job offer from an eligible employer. They must meet specific criteria related to residency, work permit, occupation, language, education, and work experience. Candidates apply individually through the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program portal.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or
  • An LMIA exemption granted based on the following categories determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
  • International trade agreements
  • Workers transferred within a company
  • International Experience Canada
  • Mobilité Francophone
  • for religious work
  • An open work permit issued by IRCC to:
  • Vulnerable workers facing or at risk of abuse under the Vulnerable Workers Open Work Permit (VWOWP) exemption
  • Family members of a vulnerable worker under the VWOWP exemption
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) held by a graduate of an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution
  • An open work permit issued under the public policy for recent graduates from Hong Kong
  • An open work permit issued under IRCC's Ukraine immigration measures, also known as the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET).

Appropriate Work Experience

Ineligible Applicants

Individuals who fall into the following categories are ineligible to apply for or be nominated under the Alberta Opportunity Stream. First, refugee claimants or those involved in a federal appeal or removal process are excluded, as the AAIP does not intervene in these specific federal procedures. Additionally, temporary residents who currently reside or work in provinces or territories other than Alberta are not eligible. Lastly, foreign nationals residing or working in Canada without valid temporary resident status are also unable to apply for the program.


Occupation Requirements

To be eligible for the Alberta Opportunity Pathway, you need to be employed in a qualified occupation in Alberta. Most occupations classified under NOC (National Occupational Classification) Skill levels D, C, B, A, and 0 are eligible for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Unlike some other Canadian provinces, Alberta does not prioritize candidates based on a specific list of occupations. However, there is a list of disqualified occupations under the AINP.

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Language Requirements

When submitting your application, you must provide language test results that demonstrate a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 in all language skills in either English or French. This requirement applies to most NOC codes. The only exception is for applicants under NOC Code 3413, which includes Patient Service Associates, Orderlies, and Nurse Aides. They are required to achieve a language test score of at least Level 7 CLB or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for each language skill in either English or French. Starting from January 1, 2020, candidates applying under NOC levels B, A, and 0 are required.

Proof of Funds Statement

Education Requirements

At the time of applying, you must have completed at least a high school education in your country of origin. Starting from January 1, 2021, candidates are now required to have completed at least a high school education equivalent to the standards in Alberta.

Work Experience Requirements

  • At least 12 months of full-time experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the past 18 months, or
  • At least 24 months* of full-time experience in your current occupation in Canada or overseas within the past 30 months. (*This can be a combination of experience obtained in Alberta, outside Alberta, and in Canada or overseas.)
  • Your current occupation in Alberta in the past 18 months, and
  • An occupation related to your field of study, aligned with a credential and institution approved in Alberta.

Additional Requirements:

  • Certification, registration, or licensing to work in your current occupation in Alberta.
  • A full-time and valid job offer from an employer in Alberta, specifically for your current employment in Alberta. You must be employed full-time by that employer in the qualified occupation specified in the AINP Work Visa requirements.
  • The job offer must include your and your employer's signature and meet the following criteria: ontinuous paid work
  • Employment in your current occupation
  • Employment in a qualified occupation under the AINP for which you hold a Work Visa and that meets the AINP Work Visa requirements.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to choose a limited number of qualified candidates from the Express Entry system of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Individuals who wish to participate in the Alberta Express Entry Stream must receive an invitation to apply. It is not possible to submit a nomination application in this stream without being invited to do so. The immigration route is designed for individuals who have a solid association with Alberta and possess the capacity to enhance the province's economy and promote its diversity. Additionally, overseas graduates are also extended invitations to participate in this pathway. Selections for the Alberta Express Entry Stream are made based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates with experience in an in-demand occupation and a family connection in Alberta may receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter or be asked to submit an application.
  • Candidates who have a job offer from an Alberta employer in the healthcare sector and hold a valid license to practice in one of the eligible healthcare professions under the Designated Healthcare Pathway are eligible to apply. Expedited processing applies.
  • Candidates who have a job offer for an eligible tech occupation from an Alberta employer in an eligible tech industry can apply through the Accelerated Tech Pathway. The process starts with submitting an initial Accelerated Tech Pathway web form, and expedited processing applies.
  • Candidates with relevant experience that can support labor needs in key sectors like agriculture, construction, and tourism and hospitality may receive an NOI letter or be asked to submit an application.

To become eligible for receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) in the Alberta Express Entry stream, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain an active profile within the Canada Express Entry pool.
  • Express interest in permanently immigrating to Alberta.
  • Be employed in an occupation that promotes the diversification and economic development of Alberta.
  • Attain a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300 points.

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Pathway

The Self-Employed Farmer Pathway, managed by the AINP in collaboration with Alberta's Agriculture and Forestry Department, gives priority to candidates with farm management skills and sufficient financial resources to invest in an agricultural business within the province.

Requirements for the Self-Employed Farmer Pathway include:

  • Experience in managing an existing farming enterprise.
  • Work experience, training, and education necessary for establishing a viable agricultural business in Alberta.
  • A Business Plan outlining the proposed agricultural enterprise to be established in the province.
  • Proof of commitment from a Canadian financial institution to fund the agricultural enterprise.
  • Equity of at least $500,000 available for investment in the agricultural business, along with a net worth of at least $500,000 or authorization to access these funds.

To become eligible for receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) in the Alberta Express Entry stream, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain an active profile within the Canada Express Entry pool.
  • Express interest in permanently immigrating to Alberta.
  • Be employed in an occupation that promotes the diversification and economic development of Alberta.
  • Attain a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300 points.

Alberta Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur Pathway

The Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur Pathway in Alberta is designed for graduates from post-secondary institutions in Alberta who wish to operate or establish a business in the province. Initially, candidates are expected to run or set up their business in Alberta for at least one year while holding a Work Visa. Once they fulfill the terms of the Agreement for Business Performance, the AINP nominates them for a Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) Visa.

Application Process for PR Visa through AINP Entrepreneur Pathway

Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) Submission:

Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria can submit their EOI, which will be evaluated and assigned scores within one month. The highest-scoring candidates will be invited to proceed with the Business Application.

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Stage 2: Business Application Package Submission:

Selected candidates from the EOI pool must submit their comprehensive Business Application within three months. The application entails a non-refundable fee of $3,500.

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Stage 3: Business Application Assessment:

The AINP thoroughly assesses the submitted Business Application and supporting documents. Approved candidates will receive a legally binding Business Performance Agreement (BPA) that needs to be signed and returned within 14 days. A Letter of Approval for Business Application is issued upon receiving the signed BPA.

Appropriate Work Experience

Stage 4: Business Establishment in Alberta:

After receiving the Letter of Approval, candidates must reside in Alberta and actively engage in operating their business, maintaining a minimum ownership stake of 34%, for a duration of at least one year.


Stage 5: Final Nomination Report:

After successfully fulfilling the Business Performance conditions, candidates submit the final Nomination Report to the AINP. Upon approval, the AINP will issue a Certificate of Nomination to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and provide a nomination letter to the candidate. Candidates can then proceed with their application for the Canadian PR Visa through IRCC.

In-Demand Occupations in Alberta

  • Managerial Occupations
  • Applied and Natural Sciences and Associated Occupations
  • Finance and Business Administration Occupations
  • Occupations in Religion, Government Service, Education, and Social Science
  • Health Occupations
  • Sales and Service Occupations
  • Occupations in Sport, Recreation, Culture, and Art
  • Occupations exclusive to Manufacturing, Processing, and Utilities
  • Equipment, Transport, Trades, and Operators and Associated Occupations

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