Alberta PNP

AAIP

/AAIP/

Introduction

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta. They must also be able to provide for their families. The program is run by the governments of Alberta and Canada.

The AAIP has 3 streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work here:

The AAIP has 4 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province:


Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Stream is for temporary foreign workers who are already working full-time in Alberta and have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation. Candidates must have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or hold one of the accepted LMIA exemption work permits. Candidates must also meet other minimum eligibility criteria for residency and work permit type, occupation, language, education, Alberta job offer and work experience.

Requirements:

  • Have a valid work permit when application is postmarked and assessed under AINP, either it is a LMIA-based work permit (including LMIA-Exempt work permit or it is a Post-Graduation Work Permit
  • Your current occupation matches your previous work experience at the time of applying and processing of AINP or PGWP holder must be working in an occupation which is related to your Alberta educational credential; if holding a post-graduate certificate, the occupation must also match your previous undergraduate or graduate field of study
  • Occupation is not on ineligible occupation table; PGWP holder’s occupation is also not on the Government of Canada’s list of high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta
  • Minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in Alberta within the last 18 months or Minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months or PGWP holder must have minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in Alberta within the last 18 months
  • Working in NOC 0, A or B occupation have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 5;Working in NOC C or D occupation have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4;Working in NOC 3413 have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 7
  • Have a full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta, employment for 12 months or more
  • Complete high school education in your country of origin (or equivalent a Canadian high school diploma)

Ineligible occupations:

NOC Code (2016)NOC Skill LevelOccupation
00110Legislators
04220School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
04230Managers in social, community and correctional services
04320Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0651*0Escort agency managers , massage parlour manager
4031ASecondary school teachers
4032AElementary school and kindergarten teachers
4154AProfessional occupations in religion
5121AAuthors and writers
5133AMusicians and singers
5135AActors and comedians
5136APainters, sculptors and other visual artists
1227BCourt officers and justices of the peace
3223*BDental laboratory assistants/bench workers
4214*BEarly 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)
4216BOther instructors
4217BOther religious occupations
5232BOther performers, not elsewhere classified
5244BArtisans and craftspersons
5251BAthletes
6232BReal estate agents and salespersons
4411CHome child care providers
4412CHome support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
4413CElementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6533CCasino occupations
6564COther personal service occupations
7513CTaxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
8442CTrappers and hunters
6623DOther sales related occupations
6722DOperators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
6742DOther service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
8611DHarvesting labourers
8612DLandscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613DAquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614DMine labourers
*This National Occupation Classification (NOC) code consists of both eligible occupations and ineligible occupations. The ‘Occupation’ column specifies which occupations are ineligible for each NOC Code listed.


Alberta Express Entry Stream

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system.

General Alberta Express Entry Stream:Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties to Alberta or who can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities may be asked to submit an application. International graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions may also be asked to apply under this stream.

Accelerated Tech Pathway:Under the Alberta Express Entry Stream, candidates may be selected for expedited processing if they are currently working for, or have a job offer with, an Alberta-based tech industry employer in an eligible tech occupation. Refer to the list of eligible Accelerated Tech Pathway occupations.

General Alberta Express Entry Stream Requirements:

  • Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • Have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta
  • Your primary occupation in your federal Express Entry profile is an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • Are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300.

The factors may increase likelihood of receiving a Notification of Interest letter:

  • Alberta job offer and/or work experience
  • A graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • A relative that is living in Alberta: parent, child, brother and/or sister

Accelerated Tech Pathway Requirements:

  • Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • Have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta
  • Are working full-time in Alberta or have a job offer for full-time employment based in Alberta in an occupation on the list of eligible AINP Tech Industry Pilot occupations and for an employer that is part of the Alberta tech industry as defined by the AINP list of eligible North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes
  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300
  • The primary occupation in EE profile is the same occupation as current Alberta employment or job offer

List of eligible Tech NAICS codes:

  • 2211 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • 3251 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • 3254 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
  • 3333 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
  • 3341 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3342 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3343 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
  • 3344 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • 3345 Navigational, Medical and Control Instruments Manufacturing
  • 3346 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
  • 3364 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • 4173 Computer and Communications Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • 5112 Software Publishers
  • 5121 Motion Picture and Video Industries
  • 5171 Wired Telecommunications Carrier
  • 5172 Wireless Telecommunications Carrier (except satellite)
  • 5174 Satellite Telecommunications
  • 5179 Other Telecommunications
  • 5182 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
  • 5191 Other Information Services
  • 5413 Architectural, Engineering and Related services
  • 5414 Specialized Design Services
  • 5415 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • 5417 Scientific Research and Development Services
  • 5419 Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • 7115 Independent Artists, Writers and Performers
  • 8112 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance

List of eligible Tech occupations:

  • 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  • 0112 Human resources managers
  • 0131 Telecommunication carriers manager
  • 0211 Engineering managers
  • 0212 Architecture and science managers
  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • 0601 Corporate sales managers
  • 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
  • 1121 Human resources professionals
  • 1223 Human resources and recruitment officers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
  • 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
  • 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
  • 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
  • 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and pow
  • 7242 Industrial electricians
  • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers


Rural Renewal Stream

The Rural Renewal Stream supports the attraction and retention of newcomers to rural Alberta through a community-driven approach that supports local economic development needs and contributes to the The Rural Entrepreneur Stream allows Alberta to nominate qualified and capable entrepreneurs who want to start a new or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community. The Rural Entrepreneur Stream is an economic immigration program. Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest.

Requirements:

  • At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must intend to and be able to reside and work in your designated community in Alberta
  • have an Endorsement of Candidate letter from their designated community
  • have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in an eligible occupation in designated community
  • have a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the last 18 months prior to your application(This work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) or abroad);post-Graduation Work Permit holders who have completed a two-year post-secondary education program at an IRCC designated learning institution in their designated community are not required to meet the 12 months of work experience criterion. Work experience meet the following requirements:
Skill level of job offer or current occupation is:Skill level of work experience must be:
NOC 0NOC 0 or A
NOC ANOC 0, A or B
NOC BNOC A, B or C
NOC CNOC B, C or D
NOC DNOC D and must be in the same occupation – NOC code
  • Minimum of 5 for each language skill if your job offer is for NOC 0, A or B occupation; Minimum of 4 for each language skill if your job offer is for NOC C or D occupation
  • have completed a minimum of high school education equivalent to the Canadian education standard or a foreign degree, diploma or certificate. You must provide a copy of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) 
  • demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members to settle in your designated community if you are not residing in Canada, or you are currently in Canada but are not working.
  • meet the following licensing, registration and certification requirements:
    • have the required licensing, registration or certification to work in your current occupation in Alberta or occupation in your Alberta job offer
    • have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) recognized trade certificate if you are working in a compulsory trade  in Alberta
    • have valid certification as a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Worker) or Level 3 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Supervisor) prior to applying to AAIP if you are working as childcare worker in Alberta

 Ineligible occupations

NOC Code (2016)NOC Skill LevelOccupation
00110Legislators
06510Escort Agency Managers, Massage Parlour Managers
4154AProfessional Occupations in Religion
5121AAuthors and Writers
5133AMusicians and Singers
5135AActors and Comedians
5136APainters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
1227BCourt Officers and Justices of the Peace
3223*BDental Laboratory Bench Workers who do not have certification through College of Dental Technologists of Alberta
4217BOther Religious Occupations
5232BOther Performers, n.e.c.
5244BArtisans and Craftspersons
5251BAthletes
4411CHome Child Care Providers
4412CHome Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations
6533CCasino Occupations
6564COther Personal Service Occupations
8611DHarvesting Labourers

Settlement Funds Requirement:


Population size of the community and funds required
Number of family membersLess than 1,0001,000 to 30,00030,000 to 99,999
1$8,922$10,151$11,093
2$11,107$12,636$13,810
3$13,655$15,534$16,977
4$16,579$18,861$20,613
5$18,803$21,392$23,379
6$21,208$24,127$26,367
7$23,611$26,861$29,356
Amount of funds required for each additional family member$2,404$2,735$2,989


Rural Entrepreneur Stream

The Rural Entrepreneur Stream is an economic immigration program. Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest.

Requirements

  • Have either a minimum 3 years of experience as an active business owner/manager or a minimum of 4 years of experience as a senior manager within the past 10 years.
  • Completed a minimum of high school equivalent to the Canadian standard with an Education Credential Assessment (ECA).
  • Have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 4 for each language skill 
  • Minimum net worth of $300,000. All assets must be candidate’s own personal holdings or spouse’s or common-law partner’s.
  • Minimum investment of $200,000 from candidate’s own (and/or spouse/common-law partner) equity. Higher levels of investment will be awarded more points.
  • Minimum ownership of 51% for a new business. Business Partners must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents; OR 100% ownership for business succession (the succession buy-out must result in a complete change in ownership where the candidate will assume full control of the business).
  • New businesses must create at least one full-time job for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (not including relatives). More job creation will be awarded more points.
  • Candidates must have a Community Support Letter from a participating rural Alberta community.

Factors that increase your chances

  • Economic Benefit:Business succession
  • Age:21 to 49
  • Spouse: Your spouse/common-law partner has one of the following:
    • completed at least one year of full-time post-secondary education (Certificate, Associate Degree, Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree or higher) or
    • a minimum level Canadian Language Benchmark 4 in English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens 4 in French in all four language abilities (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking). Language test results must be less than 2 years old at the time the Expression of Interest is submitted.
  • Alberta relative:Relatives are defined as father, step-father, mother, step-mother, child, step-child, sister, step-sister, brother, step-brother of candidate or spouse or common-law partner


Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The Graduate Entrepreneur Stream allows the AAIP to nominate qualified international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to establish or operate a business in Alberta to apply for permanent residence.

Requirements

  • Have completed at least two years of full-time education resulting in a degree or diploma from an eligible Alberta post-secondary institution
  • Have a PGWP valid for at the time you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • At least CLB of 7 for each English skill (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalences in French
  • Start a new business, or buy an existing business in Alberta with 34% ownership

Factors that increase your chances:

  • Work experience: Have a minimum of 6 months of work experience that can be a combination of actively managing or owning the business or equivalent; or have equivalencies include experience with a business incubator or business accelerator, or completion of entrepreneurship program courses (Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, Artisan Entrepreneurship, Culinary Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Commerce – Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Bachelor of Commerce – Small Business and Entrepreneurship, or Master of Business Administration – Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
  • Economic benefit: Can provide economic benefit to Alberta through: job creation, economic sector, business location (for example, rural), business succession, investment, developed intellectual property, partnership or support from business incubator/accelerator, venture capital or angel investor
  • Age: 21 to 49 years
  • Spouse: Your spouse or common-law partner has at least one of the following:
  • at least 1 year of continuous full-time employment in Alberta
  • completed at least 2 years of full-time study at a post-secondary institution in Alberta
  • a minimum level CLB 5 in English or NCLC 5 in French in all 4 language abilities (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
  • Alberta relative: You, or your spouse or common-law partner, have one or more of the following relatives living full-time in Alberta: father, step-father, mother, step-mother, child, step-child, sister, step-sister, brother, step-brother


Farm Stream

This stream is for entrepreneurs who have the financial resources and farm management experience to establish a new or purchase an existing farm in Alberta.

Candidates must submit their application, along with a proposed business plan, to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) for assessment. The AAIP will consult with Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development to ensure the business plan is feasible and viable, and meets the needs of Alberta’s agriculture industry.

Requirements:

  • Have farm management skills, such as: financial documentation of an existing farm business, documentation of education, training and work experience, a proposed business plan for the farming enterprise you are considering in Alberta, or proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business
  • Invest a minimum $500,000 of equity in a farm business in Alberta
  • Have a personal net worth higher than $500,000


Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is an economic immigration program for qualified foreign educated graduates from outside of Canada who want to launch start-up enterprises and innovative businesses in Alberta.

Requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience of actively managing or owning the business, or work experience with a business incubator or business accelerator
  • Have completed a degree from a post-secondary institution within the last 10 years; ECA required
  • Submit a business plan with projected financials
  • Prepare a 10-minute presentation
  • At least CLB of 5 for each language skill (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Have at least 34% ownership for business located in an urban centre, or at least 51% ownership for business located outside Calgary and Edmonton
  • Invest at least CAD $100,000 for business located in an urban centre, or at least CAD$50,000 for business located outside Calgary and Edmonton Census Metropolitan Areas
  • Have a recommendation letter from AINP-approved designated agency
  • Have enough settlement funds

Settlement funds requirement:

 Population size of community and funds required
Number of family membersLess than 1,0001,000 to 30,00030,000 to 99,999100,000 to 499,999500,000 and over
1$8,922$10,151$11,093$12,961$12,960
2$11,107$12,636$13,810$16,135$16,135
3$13,655$15,534$16,977$19,836$19,836
4$16,579$18,861$20,613$24,084$24,083
5$18,803$21,392$23,379$27,315$27,315
6$21,208$24,127$26,367$30,807$30,806
7$23,611$26,861$29,356$34,299$34,299

Updates:

As of May 1, 2022, the Alberta government lifted restrictions on hiring new temporary foreign workers to help employers meet their workforce needs. The Alberta government removed all occupations on the ‘refusal to process’ list, which had been created to prioritize jobs for unemployed Albertans due to the pandemic.

Last Modified / 最后修改: Jul 27, 2022

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