Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta(Alberta Immigration Nominee Program AINP)

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an immigration program managed by the Government of Alberta along with Government of Canada’s Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to bring people who are ready to contribute to the Alberta economy with their skills and live permanently in Alberta.

Individuals or Individuals with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children nominated by the Government of Alberta can apply for permanent residence through IRCC as a provincial nominee. IRCC makes final decisions on all permanent resident applications.

The AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. You will be able to apply on your own, or with your employer.

NOTE:  You must enable a valid work permit throughout the AINP application and assessment process. Only applicants under the Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations Category are free from this requirement. At the time of assessment, you must provide the AINP with a valid work permit or implied status based on either:

  • a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or
  • an LMIA exemption as determined by IRCC

 3 AINP Streams and Categories Accepting Applications

1. Strategic Recruitment Stream

Apply on your own (without an employer) under one of three different category options:

  • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

A candidate may qualify if you are a temporary foreign worker and have a valid trade certificate in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).

  • Engineering Occupations Category
    • Candidate must be now living in Alberta.
    • Candidate must intend to and be able to live permanently in Alberta.
    • Candidate must give evidence of related education/training and experience as an engineer, designer or drafter.
    • Candidate must be working or have worked within the last two years in Alberta either directly or on contract for an Alberta Employer.
    • Candidate must occupation in Alberta, must be on the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations List.
    • If the Candidate have engineering credentials and  are working in an occupation under NOC 0211, 2131, 2132, 2133, 2134, 2141, 2143, 2144, or 2145, he or she must give a “Letter of No Objection” from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) or show that you are registered with APEGA as a foreign licensee.
    • If the candidate is working in an occupation under NOC 2231, 2232, 2241 or 2253 he or she does not need a “Letter of No Objection” from APEGA.
  • Post-Graduate Worker Category

A candidate may qualify, if he or she has a Post-Graduation Work Permit, and are working in Alberta, and have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta. Changes were made to this category on September 27, 2013.

2. Employer-Driven Stream

The AINP Employer-Driven Stream is for:

This stream is for Alberta Employers who want to continue having a foreign worker (Candidate) on a permanent, on a full-time basis when there is a challenge finding Albertans/Canadians to fill the position.

Candidates (foreign workers) with a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta Employer who plans to live and work in Alberta permanently.

The employer must make a permanent, full-time job offer to a candidate under one of three categories:

Skilled Worker Category

Candidates who have a permanent, full-time job offer from their Alberta Employer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B).

International Graduate Category
Candidates who have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and have a permanent, full-time job offer from their Alberta Employer in a NOC skill-level 0, A, B or C occupation.

Semi-Skilled Worker Category
Candidates who have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta Employer in a semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D) that is eligible under the AINP. Only certain occupations are eligible.

3. Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Self-Employed Farmer Stream criteria (include but are not limited to):

  • You must prove that you have farm management skills shown by:
    • Financial documentation of your existing farm business
    • Documentation of your education, training and work experience
    • Proposed business plan for the farming enterprise you are considering in Alberta
    • Proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business.
  • You must have enough financial resources to develop a sustainable farming operation.
    • You must be able to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
    • You must give documents that prove you have a minimum net worth of CDN $500,000 or confirmation that you have access to a similar amount of funds from other sources.
    • The CDN $500,000 is the minimum amount. You may be required to show you have the ability to invest more than the minimum.
  • You must invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
    • You will have to document your investment intentions in your proposed business plan.
    • Applications representing the best opportunity for growth relevant to Alberta’s agri-food targets will be given priority.

Meeting the criteria listed above does not guarantee a nomination or permanent residence.

4. Alberta Express Entry Stream

Express entry AINP will invite candidates from the Express Entry pool. Candidates will be chosen directly by the AINP and must receive an invitation to apply before they are able to submit an application under the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Candidates who have proven strong ties to Alberta and who can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities will be invited to apply. International graduates will also be invited under this stream


NOTE: Alberta Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream are closed now and replaced by Alberta Opportunity Stream and Alberta aligned Express Entry from 14th June 2018 onwards.


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