A new Alberta Opportunity stream is open for individuals seeking a nomination under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).
The Alberta Opportunity stream provides temporary foreign workers in Alberta, who meet criteria on their language skills, academic history, and duration of employment with a gateway to permanent residence.
Alberta began receiving applications under this stream as of June, 2018.
In November that same year, Alberta immigration authorities announced changes that will make it easier for people to apply to the Alberta Opportunity Stream and will help make sure Alberta can continue to fill job shortages with qualified candidates when there are no Albertans or Canadians available to do the work. The changes included removing the income requirement and delaying the onset of elevated language requirements for skilled workers, which were due to come into effect in January, 2019; those requirements, outlined below, are now scheduled to come into effect a year later in January, 2020.
The stream replaces the now-closed Employer-Driven stream and the Strategic Recruitment stream.
As a ‘base’ stream under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), applications will be processed outside of the Express Entry selection system. Alberta has a dedicated AINP Express Entry stream, through which it can nominate candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.
Alberta Opportunity Stream selection criteria
Eligibility is based on an applicant meeting all of the below criteria. Only then may they apply to the AINP through the Alberta Opportunity stream.
1. Occupation requirements
Applicants must be employed in an eligible occupation, when your application is postmarked, and when the AINP assesses the application. The AINP will still check whether candidates are being paid the provincial minimum wage and whether they’re being paid the minimum wage for their occupation, set out in their Labour Market Impact Assessment or on Alberta’s Alis website.
Most jobs with an National Occupational Classification (NOC) level of 0, A, B, C, or D are considered eligible. View the table below to see exceptions.
Alberta Opportunity Stream ineligible occupations
|National Occupational Classification code||Positions that will not be processed||Specialized positions that will not be processed if work duration is greater than six months|
|0121||Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers||-|
|0124||Advertising, marketing and public relations managers||-|
|0212||Architecture and science managers||-|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers||-|
|0601||Corporate sales managers|
|1212||Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers||-|
|1225||Purchasing agents and officers|
|2113||Geoscientists and oceanographers||-|
|2133||Electrical and electronic engineers||-|
|7201||Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations||-|
|7203||Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations||-|
|7241||Electricians (except industrial and power system)||-|
|7322||Motor vehicle body repairers||-|
|(except all terrain crane operators)|
|9212||Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities|
2. Residency status and work permit requirements
These conditions must be met at both the time your application is postmarked, and when the AINP assesses it.
- You must be in Canada on a valid temporary foreign worker status. Refugees, temporary residents living or working outside of Alberta, and foreign nationals without valid temporary status, are not eligible.
- You must have a valid work permit – not implied status, or restoration status. This can be based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or participants of temporary work permit programs like International Experience Canada.
3. Language requirements
Applicants must be able to demonstrate ability in English and/or French, as determined by a formal language assessment (CELPIP, IELTS, or TEF). The test must be less than two years old when your application is postmarked.
A minimum score equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is required 4 in each skill. These requirements are lower than other popular immigration programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC).
People working in National Occupational Classification 0, A and B jobs can continue to apply with a CLB score of 4 until January 1, 2020. As of January 1, 2020, these candidates will be required to have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 5. This change extends the transition time for the increase in language requirements for these candidates.