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The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta. They must also be able to provide for their families. The program is run by the governments of Alberta and Canada.

Important: The National Occupational Classification (NOC) has been updated. The NOC 2021 version applies to all AAIP applications submitted on or after November 16, 2022. Review the AAIP updates page for details on how the NOC change affects eligibility for this stream. Review the information on this Eligibility page to understand how AAIP criteria has changed.

If you submitted your application on or before November 15, 2022, review the NOC 2016 version of the requirements (PDF, 299 KB) that apply to you.

Rural Renewal Stream: 

If you are nominated through the program, you may apply for permanent residence status together with your spouse and dependent children.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada manages applications for permanent residence. The federal government also makes final decisions on these applications.

The Rural Renewal Stream supports the attraction and retention of newcomers to rural Alberta through a community-driven approach that supports local economic development needs and contributes to the growth of the community. The Rural Renewal Stream empowers rural communities to recruit and retain foreign nationals to live, work and settle in their communities.

The Rural Renewal Stream has a 2-step process:

  1. A community designation process – community recruits' newcomers to meet labor needs and provides an Endorsement of Candidate letter.
  2. Candidate submits the AAIP application.

The AAIP defines a rural Alberta community as any community outside of the Calgary and Edmonton Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) that are under 100,000 in population. Learn more about rural communities and the designation process.

Requirements

Community residency requirement

At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must intend to and be able to reside and work in your designated community in Alberta.

Ineligible applicants

Refugee claimants or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process cannot apply for or be nominated under the Rural Renewal Stream. The AAIP does not intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.

Community endorsement requirement

At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must have a valid Endorsement of Candidate Letter issued by the Economic Development Organization (EDO) of your designated rural community in Alberta. The recommendation must be based on criteria established by the EDO. In addition, you must meet the AAIP Rural Renewal Stream eligibility criteria.

Endorsement of Candidate letter

All candidates must have an Endorsement of Candidate letter from their designated community. The letter must be issued by the local EDO of the community and must outline the following:

  • name and address of the EDO supporting the application
  • your full name and residential address
  • details of the bona fide job offer:
    • name of the business
    • name and contact information of the employer
    • location of employment
    • position and description of job duties
    • duration of employment and work conditions
  • detailed description of how filling the position you are offered aligns with the economic growth of the designated community
  • your employer’s efforts to fill the position within Canada and outcomes
  • name, title and contact information of the person issuing the endorsement of the Candidate letter.

You must review the requirements for endorsement letters section for details.

Job offer requirements

At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in an eligible occupation in your designated community.

Your Alberta employer must be incorporated, or registered by or under, an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Alberta.

Your job offer or employment contract must be signed by you and your Alberta employer, and must offer:

  • continuous, paid work in your designated community
  • full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • employment for 12 months or more
  • wages and benefits that meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta as set out on the Alis website
    • if your employer has obtained a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for your occupation, wages and benefits must meet or exceed the requirements set out in your LMIA.

You must meet the terms agreed to in your job offer or employment contract at the time of application and assessment.

Licensing, registration and certification requirements

At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must meet the following licensing, registration and certification requirements:

  • You must have the required licensing, registration or certification to work in your current occupation in Alberta or occupation in your Alberta job offer. Information on the occupation specific requirements is set out on the Alis website.
  • If you are working or have a job offer in a compulsory trade in Alberta, you must have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) recognized trade certificate.
  • If you are working as childcare worker in Alberta, you must have valid certification as a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Worker) or Level 3 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Supervisor) prior to applying to AAIP.

Ineligible job offers

The following individuals are not eligible to apply for or be nominated under the Rural Renewal Stream, even if they have a job offer to work 30 hours a week or more in a 12-month period:

  • part-time, casual or seasonal employees, regardless of their working hours
  • independent contractors, business owners or temporary agency workers, including individuals listed as directors, shareholders or agents of the Alberta employer on the Corporate Registry System (CORES)
  • employees who work in Alberta in a place of employment that is not zoned for commercial or industrial operations, such as a home-based business
  • employees who do not work on premises in Alberta, such as those who work in a ‘virtual’ location or serve the employer by telecommuting from a location outside Alberta

Occupation requirements

At the time your application is submitted, and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must have a job offer in an eligible occupation.

Important: The National Occupational Classification (NOC)  has been updated. The NOC 2021 version applies to all AAIP applications submitted on or after November 16, 2022. Review the AAIP updates page for details on how the NOC change affects eligibility for this stream. Use IRCC’s Find your NOC tool to find the NOC 2021 version of your occupation and understand how your occupation may be impacted by this change.

If you submitted your application on or before November 15, 2022 review the NOC 2016 version of the occupation requirements (PDF, 299 KB) that apply to you.

The list of ineligible occupations has been updated with the NOC 2021 version. Read the updated list to assess your eligibility for this stream.

Most occupations under NOC TEER categories 0, 1, 2, 3 4 and 5 are eligible under the AAIP.

Ineligible occupations

Individuals with job offers for the following occupations at the time of application submission and assessment are not eligible to apply for or be nominated under the Rural Renewal Stream.

Table 1. List of ineligible occupations

*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.
NOC Code (2021) NOC TEER category Occupation
00010 0 Legislators
60040* 0 Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
41100 1 Judges
51111 1 Authors and writers (except technical)
51122 1 Musicians and singers
42200* 2 Justices of the peace
53121 3 Actors, comedians and circus performers
53122 3 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
53124 3 Artisans and craftspersons
53200 3 Athletes
33100* 3 Dental laboratory bench workers
44100 4 Home childcare providers
44101 4 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
64321 4 Casino Occupations
55109 5 Other performers
65229 5 Other support occupations in personal services
85101 5 Harvesting Labourers
 

Qualifying work experience requirements

Important: If you submitted your application on or before November 15, 2022, review the NOC 2016 version of the qualifying work experience requirements (PDF, 299 KB) that apply to you.

At the time your application is submitted you must have a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the last 18 months prior to your application.

This work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) or abroad.

Work experience in the qualifying period must:

  • have been paid full-time employment, for a minimum of 30 hours a week
  • meet the following requirements:
TEER Category of job offer or current occupation is: TEER Category of work experience must be:
TEER 0 TEER 0 or 1
TEER 1 TEER 0, 1 or 2
TEER 2 TEER 1, 2, 3 or 4
TEER 3 TEER 1, 2, 3 or 4
TEER 4 TEER 2, 3, 4 or 5
TEER 5 TEER 5andmust be in the same occupation – NOC code
  • have been authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and with valid temporary resident status if obtained in Canada
  • not have been gained while studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of a study program, unless you are a PGWP holder who completed paid co-op work terms as a part of your program of study at an Alberta post-secondary institution. To qualify, the work terms must have been:
    • paid and full-time (minimum 30 hours per week), and
    • for work experience all gained in Alberta

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders who have completed a two-year post-secondary education program at an IRCC designated learning institution in their designated community are not required to meet the 12 months of work experience criterion.

Language requirements

Important: The language requirements for some candidates may have increased or decreased with the implementation of the NOC 2021 version. You must confirm the TEER Category for your occupation in the NOC 2021 and use the TEER Category to determine your minimum language score using the table below.

If you submitted your application on or before November 15, 2022, review the NOC 2016 version of the language requirements (PDF, 299 KB) that apply to you.

At the time your application is submitted, you must demonstrate that you meet the following language test score in English or French:

National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER category Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test score required Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required
If your job offer is for NOC 0, 1, 2 or 3 occupation Minimum of 5 for each English language skill Minimum of 5 for each French language skill
If your job offer is for NOC 4 or 5 occupation Minimum of 4 for each English language skill Minimum of 4 for each French language skill

You must provide your official test results with your AAIP application for one of the following language tests:

Official test results must be less than 2 years old at the time your application was submitted. The AAIP will not accept confirmation of registration to take a language test in place of a test result.

Check the federal guideline on CLB NCLC equivalency for each of the tests.

Education requirements

At the time your application is submitted, you must have completed a minimum of high school education equivalent to the Canadian education standard or a foreign degree, diploma or certificate. You must provide a copy of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) issued by an organization designated by IRCC for your highest level of education.

You do not need to provide an ECA if:

Settlement fund requirements

At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members to settle in your designated community if

  • you are not residing in Canada, or
  • you are currently in Canada but are not working.

Minimum settlement funds requirements are based on the Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICOs). Table 2 below sets out the amount of settlement funds required. The amount of settlement funds you must have depends on the number of family members you have, including yourself, and the population size of your designated community where you plan to settle in Alberta.

Table 2. Settlement Funds Requirement for Rural Renewal Stream in Canadian Dollars

Population size of the community and funds required
Number of family members Less than 1,000 1,000 to 30,000 30,000 to 99,999
1 $8,922 $10,151 $11,093
2 $11,107 $12,636 $13,810
3 $13,655 $15,534 $16,977
4 $16,579 $18,861 $20,613
5 $18,803 $21,392 $23,379
6 $21,208 $24,127 $26,367
7 $23,611 $26,861 $29,356
Amount of funds required for each additional family member $2,404 $2,735 $2,989

Funds must be unencumbered and readily available to you to meet the minimum settlement funds requirement. Real estate property, jewelry, cars and other personal assets are not eligible.

If your spouse is coming with you, you can count money you have together in a joint account. You may be able to count money in an account under your spouse’s name only, but you must prove you have access to the money.

The funds must be available at the time of application and assessment. You must prove to an AAIP officer that you can legally access the funds when you arrive in Alberta.

You must provide official letters from any banks or financial institutions where your funds are kept.

Letter(s) must:

  • be printed on the financial institution’s letterhead
  • include contact information of the financial institution – address, telephone number and email address
  • include your name
  • list all outstanding debts such as credit card debts and loans
  • include, for each current bank and investment account, the:
    • account numbers
    • date each account was opened
    • current balance of each account
    • transactions made within the past 3 months
    • average balance for the past 6 months

RURAL ENTREPRENEUR STREAM

To be eligible for this stream, candidates must meet the following criteria:

 Requirements for the Rural Entrepreneur Stream:

Area Requirements
Work experience Have either a minimum 3 years of experience as an active business owner/manager or a minimum of 4 years of experience as a senior manager within the past 10 years.
Education Completed a minimum of high school equivalent to the Canadian standard with anEducation Credential Assessment(ECA).

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website lists thedesignated organizations for ECAs

Language Have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 4 for each English language skill or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of 4 for each French language skill: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Official test results must be less than 2 years old at the time your Expression of Interest is submitted. The AAIP only accepts the following language tests:

Check theIRCCwebsite onCLB/NCLC equivalencyfor each of the tests.

Net worth Minimum net worth of $300,000. All assets must be candidate’s own personal holdings or spouse's or common-law partner’s.
Business investment Minimum investment of $200,000 from candidate’s own (and/or spouse/common-law partner) equity. Higher levels of investment will be awarded more points.
Business establishment Minimum ownership of 51% for a new business. Business Partners must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

OR

100% ownership for business succession (the succession buy-out must result in a complete change in ownership where the candidate will assume full control of the business).

Business must not be on the list of ineligible businesses.

Resources on how to establish a business in Alberta, including supports and services related to business plan development, business start-up, and business loans are available on theSmall business resource page.

Job creation New businesses must create at least one full-time job for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (not including relatives).

More job creation will be awarded more points. Jobs must be created for Canadian citizens or permanent residents (not including relatives) for a period of at least 6 months.

For business succession, job creation is not required.

Community support letter Candidates must have a Community Support Letter from a participating rural Alberta community.

 

Factors that increase your chances

If candidates have one or more of the factors in Table 3, this may increase their likelihood of receiving a Request to Submit a Business Application.

Factors that increase your chances:

Economic Benefit Business succession
Age 21 to 49
Spouse Your spouse/common-law partner has one of the following:
  • completed at least one year of full-time post-secondary education (Certificate, Associate Degree, Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree or higher) or
  • a minimum level Canadian Language Benchmark 4 in English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens 4 in French in all four language abilities (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking). Language test results must be less than 2 years old at the time the Expression of Interest is submitted.
Alberta relative Relatives are defined as father, step-father, mother, step-mother, child, step-child, sister, step-sister, brother, step-brother of candidate or spouse or common-law partner

 

AAIP self-assessment tool

Review the Self-Assessment Tool to ensure you meet program eligibility requirements.

We strongly suggest you read thoroughly through the GOA AAIP pages, utilize the self-assessment tool and contact our office if you are interested in the Rural Entrepreneur Program. The qualifications required to participate in the RES are involved & you will have to work closely with the Town and our Economic Development Officer to put together a strong proposal.