AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream was terminated on June 14th, 2018. However, skilled workers or entrepreneurs who wish to have a permanent residence in Alberta may pursue a nomination through the other streams included in AINP.
The AlNP Strategic Recruitment Stream was a collection of immigration streams of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). This program was operated by the province of Alberta and Canada.
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AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream was designed to give permanent residence to foreign nationals who have skills that are in demand in Alberta. However, the availability of this AINP stream was dependent upon application volumes and labour market needs.
The AINP Strategic Recruitment Immigration Streams
The AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream included the following three immigration streams:
1. Alberta Compulsory and Optional Trades
Alberta Compulsory and Optional Trades was included under the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream. It was targeted at foreign people who had the certification to practice their trade in Alberta and had work experience in the province. Unfortunately, this programme has been terminated and is no longer accepting new applications.
2. Alberta Engineering Occupations
Alberta Engineering Occupations was also part of the AlNP Strategic Recruitment Stream. It targeted foreign nationals who had experience working in the engineering sector in Alberta. This program has been terminated as well.
3. Alberta Post-Graduate Worker
Alberta Post-Graduate Worker was the third part of the AlNP Strategic Recruitment Stream. It targeted foreign nationals who recently graduated from a post-secondary institution in Alberta and were working in the province at the time of application. Just like the other two, this program has been terminated.
What is the Update on AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream?
If you applied for the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream, you can get more information on the AINP portal.
There is no official statement from the AINP on whether the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream will return or not.
However, foreign nationals or skilled workers wishing to migrate to Alberta can apply for other streams included in the AINP, if eligible. They include,
- The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)
- The Alberta Express Entry Stream
- International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS)
- Self-Employed Farmer Stream
- Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream
The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)
Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available for temporary foreign workers who live and work in Alberta or have a job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation.
Only Candidates with a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an accepted LMIA exemption work permit will be considered. Eligible Candidates can apply using the AINP portal
What are the Eligible Occupations Under AOS?
Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C, and D are eligible under the Alberta Opportunity Stream.
What are the Ineligible Occupations Under AOS?
The below table contains a list of the Occupations that are ineligible for AOS.
|NOC Code||NOC Skill|
|0422||0||School principals and administrators|
|0423||0||Managers in social & correctional services|
|0432||0||Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers|
|0651*||0||Escort agency & massage managers|
|4031||A||Secondary school teachers|
|4032||A||Elementary school 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 workers|
|4214||B||Early childhood educators not certified|
|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 and housekeepers|
|4413||C||Elementary 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||Attendants in recreation and sport|
|6742||D||Service support occupations unclassified|
|8612||D||Landscaping maintenance labourers|
|8613||D||Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers|
Please note that some NOC codes listed on this table are eligible, so we used the ‘Occupation title’ column to specify the occupations that are ineligible.
The Express Entry Stream
Under this Stream, Alberta nominates a limited number of qualified candidates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system.
Who are the Qualified Candidates Under Express Entry Stream?
- Candidates who have shown strong ties with Alberta province.
- Candidates with the ability to assist the government in economic development
- International graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions may also be considered.
- Candidates cannot apply directly, they must be nominated by Alberta.
- All nominated candidates will be notified via their Express Entry Profile and invited for an assessment.
Stream For Entrepreneurs
The following streams are for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and start or buy a business there.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS)
IGEIS permits Alberta to nominate qualified international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who are interested in starting a business in Alberta for permanent residence.
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
This stream is specifically for experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta.
Foreign Graduate Start-up
This stream is for Foreign graduates who want to start innovative business in Alberta.
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