The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an immigration program through which a broad range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs can settle in Alberta permanently. The AINP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
Successful applicants to the AINP receive a provincial nomination certificate. With this nomination, the applicant, as well as his or her accompanying family members, if applicable, may apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.
AINP applicants can now submit a reconsideration request for their application decision to be reviewed under certain conditions.
Alberta has been a hugely attractive destination for newcomers to Canada over recent years, with the latest government data showing that Alberta has surpassed British Columbia as the second most popular immigration destination in Canada, after Ontario. Alberta’s share of recent immigrants — defined as people who first obtained permanent resident status in Canada in the five years prior to a census — increased from 6.9 per cent in 2001 to 17.1 per cent in 2016. Immigrants to Alberta are attracted by the wealth of job opportunities across the province and high living standards. The provincial capital, Edmonton, as well as the slightly larger Calgary and a host of smaller communities across the province, have experienced economic growth over recent years.
In 2018, the AINP underwent an overhaul with the launch of two brand new streams — the Opportunity Stream and an Express Entry Stream — which replace the Strategic Recruitment stream and the Employer-Driven stream.
The Opportunity stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for foreign workers working in Alberta, who will require a job offer from an employer in Alberta in order to be eligible.
A further change saw the introduction, for the very first time, of an AINP stream aligned with Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-aligned stream receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.
The AINP, as it does today, will also continue to offer an additional stream for applicants with farm management experience.
Four top tips when applying for AINP
Like any application, it pays to be as prepared as possible when it comes time to submit your AINP application. With that in mind, here are four top tips that you should focus on:
- Read all the relevant AINP terms and conditions. The availability of AINP streams and categories is dependent upon application volumes and labour market needs. The criteria for the AINP are routinely evaluated and may be subject to change at any time and without notice so make sure that you are as prepared as possible.
- Review the AINP selection criteria: The key aspect in the selection criteria is a valid work permit. This can take the form of:
- 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
- Mobilité Francophone
- Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder
3. Review the language test requirements: It is necessary for you to provide official test results from one of the following official bodies:
- CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) General Test (English)
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training Test (English)
- TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) (French)
- TCF (Test de connaissance du français) (French)
4. Download the Document Checklist and complete the required forms: Use the Alberta Opportunity Stream document checklist (PDF, 178 KB) to complete the application.