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
|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|
|*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.|
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.