Alberta Opportunity Stream (AINP)

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On June 14, 2018 the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) replaced the following two immigration streams in Alberta’s immigration program:

  • Employer-Driven Stream
  • Strategic Recruitment Stream

The AOS is a way for foreign nationals working in Alberta and foreign graduates who have attended an approved post-secondary institution in Alberta, to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program or AINP.  The eligibility requirements are as follows:


Residency status and work permit requirements

  • You must have valid temporary residence in Canada, and specifically in the province of Alberta. You cannot be resident of another province or territory and you cannot be a refugee or be claiming refugee status.
  • You must have a valid work permit based on an eligible occupation (see below for list of ineligible occupations) and that is:
    • A positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) or
    • An LMIA exemption based on: a trade agreement; or workers transferred within a company; or International Experience Canada, or
    • An LMIA exemption based on a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) holder that is based on the following if you enrolled before October 1, 2018:
      • A post-secondary institution approved by Alberta Advanced Education which provides the approved credential for your degree: an AAE-approved certificate or Post-graduate certificate for a 1-year course, or
      • A 2-year diploma program, or
      • An undergraduate degree or post-graduate certificate or diploma
    • If you enrolled on or after October 1, 2018 your LMIA exemption must be based on the Alberta Advanced Education approved post-secondary credentials. Go here to see the list of approved degrees, diplomas, and credentials.


Occupation requirements

You must be working in an eligible occupation in Alberta. Most NOC skill levels 0, A, B, C, &D are eligible under the AINP, but the following occupations are NOT eligible as listed in the following table:

NOC CODE NOC Skill Level Occupation Titles of INELIGIBLE Occupations
011 0 Legislators
0422 School Principals and Administrators of Elementary and Secondary Education
0423 Fire Chiefs, and Senior Fire Fighting Officers
0651 Escort Agency Managers, Massage Parlour Managers
4031 A Secondary School Teachers
4032 Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers
4154 Professional Occupations in Religion
5121 Authors and Writers
5133 Musicians and Singers
5135 Actors and Comedians
5136 Painters, Sculptors, and other Visual Artists
1227 B Court Officers and Justices of the Peace
3223 Dental Laboratory Bench Workers
4214 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
4216 Other Instructors
4217 Other Religious Occupations
5232 Other Performers
5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
5251 Athletes
6232 Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
4411 C Home Child Care Providers
4412 Home Support Workers, House Keepers and Related Occupations
4413 Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants
6533 Casino Occupations
6564 Other Personal Service Occupations
7513 Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs
8442 Trappers and Hunters
6623 D Other Sales Related Occupations
6722 Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation and Sport
6742 Other Service Support Occupations
8611 Harvesting Labourers
8612 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers
8613 Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers
8614 Mine Labourers

You must be working in an occupation that matches your previous work experience.


Language Requirements

You must at the time of applying have proof of having scored the following on English and/or French language tests:

  • A minimum CLB score of 4 (English) until June 14, 2019 when it will increase to CLB 5.
  • A minimum NCLC score of 4 (French) until June 14, 2019 when it will increase to NCLC 5
  • Proof of this from one of the following testing systems: CELPIP, IELTS, TEF.
CLB Level CELPIP Score IELTS Score TEF Score
CLB 4/NCLC 4 (Until June 14, 2019) 4 Reading 3.5

Writing 4.0

Listening 4.5

Speaking 4.0

Reading 120 – 150

Writing 181 – 225

Listening 145 – 180

Speaking 181 – 225

CLB 5/NCLC 5 (On/After June 14, 2019) 5 Reading 4.0
Writing 5.0
Listening 5.0
Speaking 5.0
Reading 151 – 180
Writing 226 – 270
Listening 181 – 216
Speaking 226 – 270


Education requirements

For all Alberta Opportunity stream except Post-Graduate work permit holders, you must have a high school (secondary school) diploma from your home country until January 1, 20121. On and after January 1, 2021 you will need to have a secondary degree equivalent to Alberta high school standards.

For AOS Post-Graduate work permit holders you need:

  • An Alberta Advanced Education (AAE) approved credential. These include:
    • Apprentice Credentials:
      • Journeyman Certificate: 1 – 4 years depending on the trade
    • Undergraduate Credentials:
      • Certificate: 1 or less years. Sometimes required for admission to diploma programs or to transfer course credits
      • Diploma: 1 – 2 years. May require specific grades or subjects
      • Bachelor’s Degree: 4 years though may be longer if co-op education or work-study is involved
      • Post-diploma or Post-bachelor’s certificate: varying length of course study. Focused on specializing your skills
    • Graduate Credentials:
      • Master’s Degree: 2 years. Thesis-based or course-based. Requires undergraduate degree.
      • Doctor’s Degree: 2 – 3 years. Full-time study and research. Requires master’s degree. Involves preparation and defence of dissertation.

Note: If you enrol in an Alberta credential program on or after October 1, 2018 your Alberta credential must be on the Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials for Post-Graduate Work Permit Holders. Go here for the list of approved educational institutions in Alberta.


Work Experience requirements

  • Your current occupation (the job you are doing when you apply to the AINP) must be the same occupation as your work experience listed in your application.
  • Have 12 months full-time work experience in Alberta within the last 18 months, OR
  • Have 24 months full-time work experience in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months
  • If you are a Post-Graduate Work Permit holder you must have 6 months full-time work experience in Alberta in last 18 months and your work must be related to your field of study in your degree, diploma or certificate listed in your application
  • The work experience listed must be full-time with a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • The work experience must be in the same occupation as that listed in your application
  • Must have been authorized by the IRCC (if in Canada) with a valid work permit
  • Must NOT have been done while studying or as an internship:
    • Post-Graduate Permit holders may be exempted and thus used towards your work experience, IF your degree/diploma/certificate included co-op education or work-study programs if the work was:
      • Paid and full-time (minimum 30 hours per week)
      • Directly related to your area of study
      • Done in the province of Alberta
  • You must have any required licensing, registration, or certification
  • You have a bona-fide full-time job offer from a valid Alberta employer
  • Your job offer must be:
    • In a signed letter from your employer
    • For continuous, paid, full-time work
    • For a minimum of 12 months and in your occupation
    • Be in an eligible AINP occupation for which you have a valid work permit
  • The following people are NOT eligible:
    • Part-time employees
    • Business owners
    • Independent contractors
    • Temporary agency workers
    • Home-based business workers.


Income level requirements

This are the income requirements typical of any nominee program across Canada. The specific levels required for the AINP are given in the following table:

Number of Members in Family Unit Required Gross Annual Income CAD$ (income before tax)
1 (you) $21,833
2 (you and your partner) $30,876
3 $37,816
4 $43,666
5 $48,820
6 $53,480
7 $57,765
8 $61,753
9 $65,499
10 $69,042


PNP Draw Points Cut-Offs

Some of the PNP streams for the provinces of Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba use the same scoring system as Express Entry. Here are the cut-offs for 2021:


PNP Invitations


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