The AINP continues to accept and process applications, with temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes.
Find out how the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is responding to COVID-19.
Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) criteria may apply at the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal, at the time the AINP assesses your application, or both. Review the criteria carefully to understand eligibility requirements.
The AINP defines the ‘mailing date’ as follows:
If sent by registered mail, the mailing date is the date the item is accepted by Canada Post.
For parcels, the mailing date is the date Canada Post accepts a parcel or the date a courier service picks up the parcel.
The AINP may confirm the mailing date with the mail service provider, including online tracking information.
Residency and work permit requirements
At the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal, and at the time the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) assesses your application, you must have a valid temporary resident status in Canada that authorizes you to work in Canada, that is, a temporary foreign worker permit.
At the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal, and at the time the AINP assesses your application, you must have a valid work permit – not implied status or restoration status – for an eligible occupation.
Valid work permits are based on one of the following:
a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
a LMIA exemption for workers based on one of the following exemptions as determine by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
international trade agreements
workers transferred within a company
International Experience Canada
an open work permit issued by IRCC to:
vulnerable workers who have demonstrated they are experiencing abuse or are at risk of abuse in the context of their employment in Canada, including under the Vulnerable Workers Open Work Permit (VWOWP) exemption, or
the family members of a vulnerable worker under the VWOWP exemption
a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) held by a graduate of an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution
PGWP holders must also meet specific occupation, education and work experience requirements as set out below.
The following individuals cannot apply for or be nominated under the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS):
refugee claimants or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process – the AINP does not intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process
temporary residents living or working in a province or territory of Canada other than Alberta, or
foreign nationals living or working in Canada who do not have valid temporary resident status
At the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal, and at the time the AINP assesses your application, you must work in an eligible occupation in Alberta. Occupation requirements also apply to your work experience and job offer.
You must review the work experience criteria and eligible job offer criteria sections below for details.
The occupation you are working in at the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal is your ‘current occupation’.
Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AINP.
Individuals working in the following occupations at the time of application and assessment are not eligible to apply for or be nominated under the AOS.
Table 1. List of ineligible occupations
|NOC Code (2016)||NOC Skill Level||Occupation|
|0422||0||School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education|
|0423||0||Managers in social, community and correctional services|
|0432||0||Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers|
|0651*||0||Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers|
|4031||A||Secondary school teachers|
|4032||A||Elementary school and kindergarten teachers|
|4154||A||Professional occupations in religion|
|5121||A||Authors and writers|
|5133||A||Musicians and singers|
|5135||A||Actors and comedians|
|5136||A||Painters, sculptors and other visual artists|
|1227||B||Court officers and justices of the peace|
|3223*||B||Dental laboratory assistants/bench workers|
|4214*||B||Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)|
|4217||B||Other religious occupations|
|5232||B||Other performers, not elsewhere classified|
|5244||B||Artisans and craftspersons|
|6232||B||Real estate agents and salespersons|
|4411||C||Home child care providers|
|4412||C||Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations|
|4413||C||Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants|
|6564||C||Other personal service occupations|
|7513||C||Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs|
|8442||C||Trappers and hunters|
|6623||D||Other sales related occupations|
|6722||D||Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport|
|6742||D||Other service support occupations, not elsewhere classified|
|8612||D||Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers|
|8613||D||Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers|
If you are unsure whether your occupation is on this list:
find your occupation on the list, based on your job title and job duties
call the Immigrate to Alberta Information Service at 1-877-427-6419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Post-Graduation Work Permit holders
If you are a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder, your occupation must also be related to your field of study in Alberta. Review the education criteria section for details on eligible Alberta credentials and approved Alberta institutions.
If you started attending your Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019 and you have completed an Advanced Education-approved one-year post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate, your occupation must also be related to your previous post-secondary field of study outside Canada.
In addition to occupations on the list above, PGWP holders are not eligible to apply to the AOS if their occupation is on the Government of Canada’s list of high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta. These occupations are not in demand in Alberta and can be filled by Albertans and Canadians.
Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must review both the ineligible occupations, Table 1 above, and the Government of Canada’s list of high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta to determine occupation eligibility.
Language requirements changed for some applicants as of January 1, 2020. For information about this planned change in language requirements, read AOS Planned changes below.
If your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal on or after January 1, 2020, you must demonstrate you meet the following language test score in English or French.
Table 2. Language requirements
|National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level||Canadian Benchmark (CLB) test score required||Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required|
|If you are working in a NOC 0, A or B occupation||Minimum of 5 for each English language skill||Minimum of 5 for each French language skill|
|If you are working in a NOC C or D occupation||Minimum of 4 for each English language skill||Minimum of 4 for each French language skill|
If you apply to the AINP under NOC code 3413 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates), the AINP requires a minimum language test score of CLB of 7 for each English language skill, or NCLC of 7 for each French language skill.
You must provide your official test results with your AINP application for one of the following language tests:
Official test results must be less than 2 years old at the time your application was mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal. The AINP will not accept confirmation of registration to take a language test in place of a test result.
Check the federal guideline on CLB/NCLC equivalency for each of the tests.
Candidates whose applications were mailed to the AINP on or before December 31, 2019 were required to meet a minimum of CLB 4 for each English or French language skill at the time of application, with exception of NOC 3413 applicants who required CLB 7 for each English or French language skill.
At the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal, you must have completed a minimum of high school education in your country of origin.
Starting January 1, 2021, all candidates except Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must have completed a minimum of high school equivalent to Alberta standards.
Read more about AOS planned changes.
Post-Graduation Work Permit holders
PGWP holders must meet the following additional education requirements.
Approved Alberta institutions
Your credential must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution.
Eligible Alberta credentials
If you started attending your Alberta credential program before April 1, 2019, your credential must be one of the following Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials:
certificate or post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate (minimum 1 year in length)
diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
undergraduate bachelor’s degree
graduate level degree
graduate level certificate
graduate level diploma
If you started attending your Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019, your credential must be one of the following Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials:
post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate (minimum 1 year in length)
diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
undergraduate bachelor’s degree
graduate level degree
graduate level certificate
graduate level diploma
Work experience requirements
Your ‘current occupation’ is the occupation you are working in at the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal.
Your current occupation must also match your work experience at the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal and at the time the AINP assesses your application.
Eligible work experience
At the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal you must have either:
a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, or
a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada or abroad within the last 30 months or both – this work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) or abroad.
Post-Graduation Work Permit holders require a minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months.
For all applicants, including Post-Graduation Work Permit holders, work experience in the qualifying period:
must have been full-time, for a minimum of 30 hours a week
must be for the same occupation as your current occupation
must have been authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and with valid temporary resident status if completed in Alberta or Canada
cannot have been gained while studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of a study program, unless you are a PGWP holder who completed during paid co-op work terms as a part of your program of study at an Alberta post-secondary institution. To qualify, the work terms must have been:
paid and full-time (minimum 30 hours per week)
for work experience directly related to your current occupation, and
for work experience all gained in Alberta
All applicants, including PGWP holders, must meet the following licensing, registration and certification requirements:
You must have the required licensing, registration or certification to work in your current occupation in Alberta at the time your application is mailed or submitted in the AINP portal and at the time the AINP assesses your application for nomination.
If you are working in a compulsory trade in Alberta, you must have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) recognized trade certificate.
If you are working as childcare worker, you must have valid certification as a child development worker (formerly Level 2) or child development supervisor (formerly Level 3).
Eligible job offers
For all applicants, including PGWP holders, at the time your application is mailed to the AINP or submitted in the AINP portal, and at the time the AINP assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta.
Your Alberta employer must be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Alberta.
Your job offer or employment contract must be signed by you and your Alberta employer and must offer:
continuous, paid work
full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week
employment for 12 months or more
work in your current occupation
wages and benefits that meet provincial minimum wage and:
meet or exceed the requirements set out in your LMIA, or
if you are LMIA exempt, meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta as set out on the Alis website
work for an eligible AINP occupation for which you have a work permit that meets AINP work permit requirements
You must meet the terms agreed to in your job offer or employment contract at the time of application and assessment.
Ineligible applicants based on job offer
The following individuals are not eligible to apply for or be nominated under the AOS, even if they have a job offer to work 30 hours a week or more in a 12-month period:
part-time, casual or seasonal employees, regardless of their working hours
independent contractors, business owners or temporary agency workers, including individuals listed as directors, shareholders or agents of the Alberta employer on the Corporate Registry System (CORES)
employees who work in Alberta in a place of employment that is not zoned for commercial or industrial operations, such as a home-based business
employees who do not work on premises in Alberta, such as those who work in a ‘virtual’ location or serve the employer by telecommuting from a location outside Alberta
AOS planned changes
For the Alberta Opportunity Stream, there are planned increases to election criteria for language and education between 2020 and 2021.
Table 3 lists what is expected to change and when it is expected to change. Changes to selection criteria may happen without notice at any time. These changes will be communicated by the AINP. The summary of changes below is for information only and will not be used to assess applications.
Table 3. Summary of AOS planned changes
|AOS Selection requirements (Applies to all candidates unless otherwise noted)||Effective April 1, 2019||Effective January 1, 2020||Effective January 1, 2021|
|Residency Status/Work Permit||No change||No change||No change|
|Occupation||No change||No change||No change|
|Language||Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4||CLB/NCLC 5 for candidates working in NOC 0, A or B occupation. No change for NOC C or D occupations||No change|
|Education (for all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Holders)||Minimum High School in Country of Origin||No change||Minimum High School equivalent to Alberta standard|
|Education (Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Holders only)||If you started attending an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, entry level certificates are no longer eligible. No change to other eligible credentials (post-diploma or post-baccalaureate certificates, diplomas, degrees and graduate level. certificates/diplomas)||If you started attending an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, entry level certificates are not eligible. Eligible credentials include post-diploma or post-baccalaureate certificates, diplomas, degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)||No change|
|Work Experience (for all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Holders)||No change||No change||No change|
|Work Experience (Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Holders only)||Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada||No change||No change|
If you have questions about the program, submit an email using the Opportunity Alberta Feedback form.
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