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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta has attracted the largest number of foreign workers and immigrant settlers within the Prairie Provinces, due to its growing economy and lack of skilled, semi skilled and unskilled workers.

Its large cities Edmonton and Calgary are extremely popular and home to many immigrant families. It consists of large Provincial parks which is home to many wild animals on land and water. Many smaller cities such as Banff, Jasper, Kananaski and Canmore are great tourist attractions and hence larger numbers of people are in and out of these cities during the summer and winter seasons, making these cities a hub for workers.

The AINP consists of three main immigration streams:

  • Strategic Recruitment Stream
  • Employer-Driven Stream
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Strategic Recruitment Stream

This stream consists of 3 main streams and very popular as it has no requirement for employer support.

Compulsory and Optional Trades Category –

For a list of Alberta Trades visit


those who are working in Alberta on a valid work permit under one of the trades occupations in above list and has either an Alberta Qualification Certificate or a Recognized Trade Certificate may be eligible under this category.

Engineering Occupations Category –

Open for applicants working in Following NOC’s

  • NOC 2241 (Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  • NOC 2231 (Civil Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  • NOC 2144 (Geological Engineers)
  • NOC 2141 (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers)
  • NOC 2133 (Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • NOC 2131 (Civil Engineers)
  • NOC 0211 (Engineering Managers)
  • NOC 2132 (Mechanical Engineers)
  • NOC 2134 (Chemical Engineers)
  • NOC 2143 (Mining Engineers)
  • NOC 2145 (Petroleum Engineers)
  • NOC 2232 (Mechanical Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  • NOC 2253 (Drafting Technologists/Technicians)

Applicants must be currently working in Alberta and must have worked for 2 years. must provide evidence of education, training and experience in the above NOC’s.

Post Graduate Worker Category

Individuals must have graduated from an Alberta post secondary institute and have a valid post graduate work permits and who is working full time for an Alberta employer may apply under this category. Certain occupations and not eligible for applying. Please check eligible occupation list under NOC 0, A, B and C. Must prove English abilities for those working under NOC C.

Employer-Driven Stream

This Stream consists of 3 sub streams. Main feature of this program is that it requires an employer to nominate an applicant

Skilled Worker Category

Employers may nominate a skilled worker working in an eligible occupation. Skilled worker need not be in Canada. Employers need to:

  • Be an Alberta registered company
  • Offer a job to an applicant under NCO 0 ,A or B, ad comply with wage standards
  • Receive a positive LMIA for the job being offered ( some jobs maybe LMIA exempt)

Applicant must have related work experience, training and education and/or licensing, English ability and proof of valid status inside or outside Canada.

Additional Criteria for early childhood educator or child care staffare that the employer need to be accredited with Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Service; and,Be approved for funding under the Alberta Child Care Accreditation Funding Program.

Early childhood educator and childcare staff applicants must also: Have a valid work permit under the NOC code 4214;,Be currently residing in Alberta;Have completed a minimum of high school education;Be a certified Child Development Worker (Level 2) or Child Development Supervisor (Level 3) through the Alberta Human Services Child Care Staff Certification Office; and,Be employed by a pre/accredited daycare program or family day home agency for a minimum of six months. Preference is given to candidates who have completed a first aid course.

International Graduate Category

Applicants need to have completed a course of post graduate studies in Canada and have a valid post graduate work permit and have received a permanent full time job offer from an Alberta employer in NOC 0, A , B or C occupation. Those working in a NOC C occupation need to provide proof of language ability.

Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Eligible Alberta employers can nominate a semi-skilled employee already working with the employer for over 6 months and who has a valid work permit so long as the employer operates under one of the below 5 industries:

  • Hotel and Lodging
  • Food services
  • Food and Beverage processing
  • Manufacturing
  • Long Haul trucking

Employer and employee must meet all criteria.


Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Applicants that possess farm management skills and is able and willing to purchase and operate a farm in Alberta may apply for residency.

Important points to note

  • Previous experience in farm management must be proved by financial documents of existing far,, proof of education and experience.
  • Must show a business plan for purchase of a plan in Alberta and any financial assistance bring provided by Canadian financial institute.
  • Show proof of financial resources available for the purchase of the farm
  • Be prepared to invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta

Are you outside Canada?

  • Immigrate Permanently with or without Job offer
  • visit
  • Study
  • Work
  • Invest, Do Business or be self-employed
  • Live-in Caregiver

Are you inside Canada?

  • Sponsor your Family Federal or Provincial
  • Apply for Permanent Residency
  • Renew your PR
  • Change Jobs
  • Extent/change/Restore Tour status
  • Do Business or Invest

Are you an Employer?

  • Take advantage of the foreign worker program
  • Find a suitable employee
  • Retain your employees
  • Hire a Foreign Worker
  • Federal or provincial Sponserships?
  • How Ann Arbour can assist you

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