Semi-skilled Worker criteria

Semi-Skilled Worker Category Criteria (includes but is not limited to):

Alberta employer criteria

As an Alberta employer in the Semi-Skilled Worker Category, you must:

  • be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Alberta
  • be operating in an industry that is one of the five (5) industries currently eligible under the AINP Semi-Skilled Worker Category and provide a job offer to the candidate for permanent, full-time employment in an eligible semi-skilled occupation
  • provide a job offer to the candidate that meets Alberta's employment and wage standards
  • provide a job offer to the candidate that does not conflict with existing collective bargaining agreements
    The AINP will not approve an application if there is a labour dispute in progress that may involve, directly or indirectly, either the employer or the candidate.
  • have a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Confirmation for the candidate and meet all the conditions of the LMIA
  • submit to the AINP a candidate who meets all job requirements and AINP criteria
  • show a plan outlining your approach to accommodation, settlement, and retention for the Candidate
  • make sure you meet additional criteria required for your industry:

Note:
For the occupation of Front Desk Agent/Clerk (NOC 6525) only: if the Candidate is working with the Alberta Employer on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, an LMIA is not required.

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Eligible industries and occupations

The following is a list of eligible industries for semi-skilled workers under the AINP Semi-Skilled Worker Category, along with eligible occupations within those industries with their National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes.


Industry: Food and Beverage Processing

Eligible occupations:

  • Food and Beverage Production Worker (NOC 9617)
  • Bakery Production Worker (NOC 9617)
  • Food and Beverage Processing Equipment Cleaner (NOC 9617)
  • Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters (NOC 9462)
  • Poultry Production Workers (NOC 9462)

Industry: Hotel and Lodging

Eligible occupations:

  • Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 6513)
  • Room Attendants (NOC 6731)
  • Front Desk Agent/Clerk (NOC 6525)

Industry: Manufacturing

Eligible occupations:


Industry: Trucking

Eligible occupations:

  • Long-Haul Truck Driver (NOC 7511)

Industry: Foodservices (pilot project)

Eligible occupations:

  • Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 6513)
  • Food Counter Attendants (NOC 6711)
  • Kitchen Helpers (NOC 6711)

Candidate criteria

As a candidate in the Semi-Skilled Worker Category, you must:

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

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Industry-specific criteria – food and beverage processing

As an Alberta Employer in the food and beverage processing industry, you must also:

  • Operate an agricultural-based industrial food processing plant. In collaboration with the AINP's partner ministry, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD), this program has been established to assist with labour challenges in industrial food processing plants. Retail establishments are not considered part of the food processing sector for which this category was created and are not considered eligible employers under this AINP category.
  • Have satisfactory recruitment strategies, employment policies and practices, retention and settlement in order to qualify for allocations.

As a Candidate in the food and beverage processing industry, you must also:

  • Complete an interview with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD) staff and be able to satisfy AARD regarding your suitability for the AINP.
  • Have a total of three years of full-time work experience in your home country prior to arriving in Canada in a physically demanding job similar to that found in the food and beverage processing industry.
  • Be employed in Alberta for a minimum of six months before applying to the AINP.

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Industry-specific criteria – hotel and lodging

The AINP is no longer accepting applications under its 2013 Additional Allocation Initiative. See the Expired AINP streams, categories and initiatives page for criteria applied to applications that were postmarked or delivered in person between May 31, 2013 and November 28, 2013, under the 2013 Hotel and Lodging Additional Allocation Initiative.

The regular criteria and allocation system under the Hotel and Lodging industry has been reinstated. Applications postmarked or delivered in person on or after November 29, 2013, will be assessed against the regular Hotel and Lodging industry criteria and allocation system outlined below.

As an Alberta Employer in the hotel and lodging industry, you must also:

  • Be a member in good standing with the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and adopt the association's practices with respect to hiring and employing temporary foreign workers.
  • Be aware that you are eligible for a maximum number of allocations per calendar year for Food and Beverage Servers and Room Attendants based on the total number of rooms at a property. Allocations can be for Food and Beverage Servers and Room Attendants or a combination of both. Allocations are as follows:

    • 1 - 50 rooms = 2 allocations/calendar year
    • 51 - 100 rooms = 4 allocations/calendar year
    • 101 - 150 rooms = 6 allocations/calendar year
    • 151 - 200 rooms = 8 allocations/calendar year
    • 201- 250 rooms = 10 allocations/calendar year
    • 251 - 350 rooms = 12 allocations/calendar year
    • 351 - 400 rooms = 14 allocations/calendar year
    • 401 - 450 rooms = 16 allocations/calendar year
    • 451 rooms or more = 18 allocations/calendar year
  • Be aware that you are only eligible for one allocation per property, per calendar year for the occupation of Front Desk Agent/Clerk.
  • Have satisfactory recruitment strategies and conditions, employment policies and practices, retention and settlement in order to qualify for allocations.

As a Candidate in the hotel and lodging industry, you must also:

  • Have a total of three (3) years of work experience in a job directly related to the hotel and lodging industry (abroad and/or in Canada).
  • Be employed in Alberta for a minimum of six months before applying to the AINP.

Note: Applications that were postmarked or delivered in person:

  • between December 7, 2012 and May 30, 2013, or
  • on or after November 29, 2013

will be assessed against the criteria outlined above.

If your application was postmarked or delivered between May 31, 2013 and November 28, 2013, under the 2013 Additional Allocation Initiative, see the Expired AINP streams, categories and initiatives page for criteria applied to your application.

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Industry-specific criteria – manufacturing industry

As an Alberta Employer in the manufacturing industry, you must also:

  • Have satisfactory recruitment strategies and conditions, employment policies and practices, retention and settlement in order to qualify for allocations.

As a Candidate in the manufacturing industry, you must also:

  • Have a minimum of two years of work experience in a job similar to your employer's type of business;

    • At least one year out of the two years must consist of work experience obtained in Canada.

  • Be employed in Alberta for a minimum of six months before applying to the AINP.

Note: Applications that were postmarked or delivered in person before May 31, 2013, will be assessed against this manufacturing industry criteria.

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Industry-specific criteria – long-haul trucking industry

The AINP is no longer accepting applications under its 2013 Heavy Haul Initiative. See the Expired AINP streams, categories and initiatives page for criteria applied to applications that were postmarked or delivered in person between May 17, 2013, and November 28, 2013, under the 2013 Heavy Haul Initiative.

The regular criteria and allocation system under the Long-haul Trucking industry has been reinstated. Applications postmarked or delivered in person on or after November 29, 2013, will be assessed against the regular long-haul trucking industry criteria and allocation system outlined below.

Definition of long-haul and short-haul truck drivers

Long-haul: Drivers depart for destinations thousands of kilometres away from home. They cross inter-provincial boundaries and travel over international routes across North America. Drivers are away from home for several days per week or weeks at a time. A long-haul driver is one who operates a tractor-trailer combination vehicle and hauls commercial goods over long distances.

Long-haul truck drivers are eligible under the AINP.

Short-haul: Drivers typically leave home or the terminal in the morning and travel to destinations within a half day's or one day's drive; they make numerous stops to pick up and deliver goods over a relatively short distance.

Short-haul truck drivers are not eligible under the AINP.

As an Alberta Employer in the long-haul trucking industry, you must also:

  • Have satisfactory recruitment strategies and conditions, employment policies and practices, retention and settlement in order to qualify for allocations.
    • Allocations will also be based on the number of temporary foreign workers approved under a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), size of company and total number of long-haul drivers employed by the company and past performance (retention rates).
    • A company will not receive an allocation larger than the number of foreign drivers for which the company has received an LMIA.
    • Allocations will be based on 10 to 15 per cent of the total number of long-haul drivers employed by the company.
    • A review of the retention rate of the company with previous allocations will be conducted. Companies with retention rates of less than 50 per cent may not receive a full yearly allocation. These companies will have to demonstrate improved recruitment and hiring practices. 
  • Provide information regarding recruitment activity and supporting documentation that demonstrates that the foreign trained driver is aware of the scope of their employment, which includes duration of long-haul trips taken, mileage, normal amount of days away from home, and anticipated annual salary.

  • Show the Candidate has received in-Alberta training. If you provide the training, details of the training program must be provided, including training content, hours of training provided in a classroom and supervised road training, testing methodology, and results.

    • If the training is provided by a third party, a copy of the program syllabus must be provided including hours of classroom and supervised road training, testing methodology and results.
    • The in-Alberta training and supervision must certify familiarity with traffic laws, documentation requirements (record of loads, vehicle maintenance log books, mileage, etc.) and areas of specialization (hazardous goods, mountains, winter driving conditions, running in major metropolitan areas, etc).
  • Show that Candidates have prior driving training and related experience in a professional capacity.

As a Candidate in the long-haul trucking industry, you must also:

  • Be working for your Alberta employer as a long-haul truck driver (refer to definition above).

  • Show you have a valid Alberta Class 1 driver's license and are eligible to meet provincial regulations.
  • Provide a copy of your foreign driver's license which indicates C+E certification (if from Europe).
    • Both parts of the license must be provided. If the driver's license is not in English, it must be translated by a certified translator.
  • Be employed in Alberta for a minimum of six months before applying to the AINP.
  • Have driven in a professional capacity before coming to Canada and provide sufficient credible documentation to demonstrate your previous driving related training (hazardous goods, etc.) and work experience.
    • You must provide reference letters on company letterhead, dated, and signed with the title or position of the individual from the company who is providing the reference. E-mail letters are acceptable if they are sent from the e-mail account of the company that is providing the references (not hotmail, gmail or yahoo accounts). The letter must state the occupation of the employee, either HGV/LGV driver, and/or describe the work they performed which clearly indicates the equipment that was driven (articulated, semi, reefer, tanker, etc.).

Note: Applications postmarked or delivered in person

  • between December 7, 2012, and May 16, 2013, or
  • on or after November 29, 2013

will be assessed against the criteria outlined above.

If your application was postmarked or delivered between May 17, 2013, and November 28, 2013, under the 2013 Heavy Haul Initiative, see the Expired AINP streams, categories and initiatives page for criteria applied to your application.

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Industry-specific criteria – foodservices industry (pilot project)

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has removed the increased allocation limit per restaurant location for the Foodservices Industry (Pilot Project). See the Expired AINP streams, categories and initiatives page for criteria applied to applications that were postmarked or delivered in person between September 13, 2013, and November 28, 2013, under the additional allocations per restaurant initiative.

The regular criteria and allocation system under the Foodservices Industry (Pilot Project) has been reinstated. Applications postmarked or delivered in person on or after November 29, 2013, will be assessed against the regular pilot project criteria and allocation system outlined below.

The AINP is continuing the pilot project evaluation process. In order to support the foodservices industry to meet its labour needs, the AINP will continue to accept and process applications and issue nominations for the three eligible occupations until the evaluation process has been completed.

Once the evaluation is concluded, the AINP will make a decision on the continuation of the Pilot. Employers and Candidates should visit the AINP website on a regular basis for updates on the status of this Pilot.

At this time, applications are currently being accepted and will be assessed against the criteria below.

As an Alberta Employer in the foodservices industry, you must also:

  • Be aware that you are eligible for only one allocation per restaurant location for one (1) of the three selected occupations (listed above) under this pilot project.

  • Sign an Employer Compliance Declaration Form (PDF) and attach it to your application, responding to each question about the status of your business with the following legislative authorities:

    • Employment Standards Code; Public Health Act; Occupational Health and Safety Act; Workers' Compensation Act; and Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act. 
    • You must be in compliance with all legislation. All your answers must be truthful, correct and complete. Failure to completely disclose your current status with any of the applicable legislative authorities will result in the refusal of current and future applications submitted to the AINP on the basis of non-disclosure. The AINP reserves the right to declare you as an employer ineligible to apply under the program for up to 24 months from date of application received for non-disclosure.

  • You are obligated to uphold provincial standards for both workplace health and safety, and offer your candidate(s), for as long as your candidate(s) is/are employed, a sustainable and reliable work environment.
    • The AINP supports all legislation regarding a safe and healthy work environment, and will not approve an employer who does not adequately demonstrate compliance in meeting the AINP criteria and applicable requirements, criteria and/or standards under that legislation.
  • Show that accommodations for the Candidate are available at a cost that does not exceed 33 per cent of the Candidate's gross salary.  

As a Candidate in the foodservices industry, you must also:

  • Have a total of three (3) years of work experience in a job directly related to food and beverage services (abroad and/or in Canada).
  • Be employed in Alberta for a minimum of nine (9) months before applying to the AINP.

Note: Applications postmarked or delivered in person

  • on or before September 12, 2013, or
  • on or after November 29, 2013

will be assessed against the criteria outlined above.

If your application was postmarked or delivered between September 13, 2013, and November 28, 2013, under the additional allocations per restaurant initiative, see the Expired AINP streams, categories and initiatives page for criteria applied to your application.

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Who is not eligible?

The following are NOT eligible under the AINP Employer-Driven Stream, Semi-Skilled Worker Category:

  • Semi-Skilled Workers NOT in an eligible AINP industry or occupation
  • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process. It is not the mandate of the AINP to intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.
  • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada
  • Temporary Foreign Workers working and residing in a province other than Alberta

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Note: The availability of AINP streams and categories is dependent upon application volumes and labour market needs. The AINP reserves the right to close application intake for any AINP stream or category at any time, without prior notice. Further, the AINP may decline to consider applications to closed or suspended streams or categories, regardless of when the applications were submitted. Changes to the AINP, including notice of suspension or closure of its streams and categories are available on the AINP news page and/or the AINP application forms page.

The AINP is not obligated to assess/process any applications submitted. Applications to the AINP are treated as an expression of interest, and as such, will be processed according to quality of the application (completeness, eligibility), labour market information, occupational supply and demand forecasting, AINP application volumes, and / or any other factors at the AINP’s discretion. By submitting an application to the AINP you acknowledge and agree that your application may not be processed in the order received, or at all. Further, the decision to assess / process any particular application, and the outcome of any such assessment / processing, is at the AINP’s sole discretion. Program criteria are eligibility minimums, and meeting program criteria does not guarantee that an applicant’s application will be assessed, processed, or granted.