AINP news

This page outlines changes and updates related to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.

December 8, 2014

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has issued all 5,500 certificates for the year 2014. Further certificates will not be issued until January 2015. See the related News Release for more information.

October 17, 2014

The size of the AINP is limited by the federal government, and Alberta can nominate 5,500 people in the year 2014. So far, we have issued more than 4,000 nominations.

As you can imagine, given the number of jobs being created in our strong economy, the number of temporary foreign workers in the province and recent federal immigration changes, the program is very popular. More than 10,000 people are hoping to earn a nomination either this year, next year, or even the year after that.

AINP has traditionally operated on a first-come-first-served basis. For the rest of 2014, the remaining nomination certificates will be issued based on labour market information and industry general averages in recent years. This approach is fair because it means that more industries will be supported by the program. However, it does mean that some applications in sectors which have already received high levels of support will not be processed this year.

We understand that this change may be difficult for some applicants. If you have additional questions about AINP, please contact the Immigrate to Alberta Information Service at 1-877-427-6419.

Hear Minister McIver’s comments on Alberta’s labour challenges: Clip One, Clip Two

August 27, 2014

Effective September 1, 2014, the minimum wage will increase for employees in Alberta, including Temporary Foreign Workers. See the following News Release for further information.

July 28, 2014

Effective August 1, 2014, there are new rules for dependent children. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has changed the definition of a dependent child. The new definition will apply to all federal and provincial immigration applications, including Provincial Nominees.

As of August 1, 2014, to be eligible as a dependent child, the child must be:

  • Under the age of 19 and not married or in a common-law relationship, or
  • 19 years of age or older and has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since before the age of 19 and is unable to be financially self-supporting due to a physical or mental condition.

Complete applications received by the AINP before August 1, 2014 will be assessed under the previous definition of dependent child as long as your child still meets the previous definition at the time your permanent residence application is received by CIC. Your child’s age will be “locked in” on the date that CIC receives your complete permanent residence application.

Applications received by the AINP on August 1, 2014 or later will be subject to the new definition of dependent child. Your child’s age will be “locked in” on the date the AINP receives your application.

September 27, 2013

The AINP has made an important change to the eligibility criteria of the Strategic Recruitment Stream, Post-Graduate Worker Category. Effective immediately, only applicants who have completed an eligible program of study in Alberta may apply under this category. Applicants who have completed an eligible program of study outside of Alberta still have the option to apply with an Alberta employer under the Employer-Driven Stream, International Graduate Category. International graduates may also be eligible to apply under other AINP categories.

See the Post-Graduate Worker Category page for details.

September 13, 2013

Several changes have been made to the AINP; they are outlined briefly below. Please click on the respective links for more details.

Foodservices Industry Pilot Project – Additional Allocations

For a limited time (until November 28, 2013), all employers are eligible to apply to nominate up to 20% of their total workforce per restaurant location.

See the Semi-Skilled Worker Category page for details.

Strategic Recruitment Stream – New Post-Graduate Worker Category

International graduates can now apply without needing an employer-supported application. You must be currently working in Alberta, have a current and valid post-graduation work permit, and your occupation must be an eligible NOC 0, A, B or C skill level, among other requirements.

See the Post-Graduate Worker Category page for details.

Alberta Work Experience Category

More skilled and semi-skilled occupations have been added, including Optional Trades. Experience criteria has also been streamlined for all eligible occupations.

See the Alberta Work Experience Category page for details.

Employer Driven Stream

Criteria has been streamlined for:

  • International Graduates
  • Managers/Supervisors in the Service, Retail and Foodservice industries
  • Plasterers, Drywallers and Upholsterers

See the International Graduate Category page and Skilled Worker Category page for details.

June 20, 2013

Effective immediately, the AINP has opened a new category under the Strategic Recruitment Stream (SRS) to help foreign workers with the skills needed in Alberta to stay permanently and keep our economy growing. The Alberta Work Experience Category enables eligible workers with at least two years of Alberta work experience in key in-demand occupations to apply to nominate themselves for permanent residence. This new category is taking applications until November 28, 2013.

See the Alberta Work Experience Category page for full details.

May 31, 2013

Effective immediately, the AINP has permanently reduced the number of years of work experience a semi-skilled worker in the Manufacturing Industry needs to qualify to apply to the AINP. Candidates who work in one of the eligible manufacturing occupations are now eligible to apply if they have two years of work experience in a job similar to their Alberta employer’s type of business; at least one year of the work experience must have been obtained in Canada.

Visit the Semi-Skilled Worker criteria page for complete details.

May 31, 2013

Effective immediately, the AINP has put in place a short-term initiative to help Alberta Employers in the hotel and lodging industry meet their labour needs. The AINP’s 2013 Hotel and Lodging Additional Allocation Initiative temporarily removes the 2013 calendar year allocation limit per property for Front Desk Clerks/Agents, Food and Beverage Servers, and Room Attendants.

Alberta Employers may apply to nominate as many eligible Candidates as they need in any of the three eligible occupations, regardless of how many allocations the employer has used, or not used, to date in 2013. There is no limit on the number of eligible Candidate applications an Alberta Employer may submit during this initiative.

Deadline for the applications is on or before November 28, 2013 (postmarked or delivered in person to the AINP office). Visit the Semi-Skilled Worker criteria page for complete details.

The 2013 allocation system in place before this initiative will apply to applications postmarked or delivered in person after November 28, 2013.

May 17, 2013

Effective immediately, the AINP has implemented a short-term initiative to assist Alberta Employers in the trucking industry to meet their labour needs. Under the 2013 Heavy Haul Initiative, the existing trucking industry category will be temporarily expanded to include heavy haul drivers servicing all industries in Alberta. Long-haul drivers continue to be eligible under this initiative.

To be eligible, heavy haul drivers must, in addition to meeting other criteria,

  • have an Alberta Class 1 driver’s licence, and
  • operate a tractor-trailer unit with a minimum of 5 axles.

There is no limit on the number of eligible Candidate applications an Alberta Employer may submit during this initiative. Applications must be postmarked or delivered in person on or before November 28, 2013 to be considered for this initiative. Visit the Semi-Skilled Worker criteria page  for full details.

All applications postmarked or delivered in person after November 28, 2013 must meet the criteria of the AINP Long-Haul Trucking Industry category and will be subject to the 2013 Long-Haul Trucking Industry allocation system in place before this initiative.

April 30, 2013

To align with changes to Canada’s immigration system, both the Family Stream and U.S. Visa Holder categories of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) have now been permanently closed. These categories were suspended in 2010 to allow the program to focus on nominating temporary foreign workers for permanent residency who are already here working and addressing immediate labour needs.

Final decisions have been made on all U.S. Visa Holder category applications received prior to the suspension and applicants have been informed. Only a few Family Stream applications remain in the final stage of assessment; these applicants have been notified that a decision on their application is imminent. Reference information related to these categories can be found in the Family Stream and U.S. Visa Holder sections of the AINP website.

Information on the permanent closure of these categories is available through the Alberta Immigration Help Centre. For individuals interested in family reunification, the federal government has a Family Sponsorship Class.

The AINP is an important program will continue to play an integral role in supporting our province’s economic growth.

 

February 4, 2013

The AINP’s Strategic Recruitment Stream (SRS), Compulsory and Optional Trades Category has expanded to include new trade qualifications. In addition to holders of Alberta Qualification Certificates, holders of an Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Recognized Trade Certificate, which includes those holding a trade certificate with an Interprovincial Red Seal, are now eligible to apply. AIT recognizes the following Recognized Trade Certificates issued by a recognized regulatory authority in Canada:

  • a valid trade certificate with an Interprovincial Red Seal,
  • a valid trade certificate without an Interprovincial Red Seal in a Red Seal trade, or
  • a valid trade certificate issued in a non-Red Seal trade that is recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board.

Complete criteria and further information is available in the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category section of the AINP website.

January 18, 2013

In addition to holders of Alberta Qualification Certificates, tradespeople who hold an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal in an Alberta optional or compulsory trade are now also eligible to apply under the AINP’s Strategic Recruitment Stream (SRS), Compulsory and Optional Trades Category. Complete criteria and further information is available in the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category section of the AINP website.

October 31, 2012

The AINP has implemented a short-term initiative to assist Alberta Employers in the trucking industry to meet their labour needs. Under the 2012 Heavy Haul Initiative, the AINP is temporarily expanding its existing trucking industry category to include both select heavy haul and long-haul drivers.

Long-haul drivers continue to be eligible. Heavy haul drivers are also be eligible who, in addition to meeting other criteria,

  • have an Alberta Class 1 driver’s license
  • operate a tractor-trailer unit with a minimum of 5 axles, and
  • deliver services, goods and/or equipment to one of the following industries: oil and gas, agriculture, forestry or food and beverage.

The AINP will accept up to 600 applications under this initiative. There is no limit on the number of Candidate applications an Alberta Employer may submit during this initiative. Applications must be postmarked or delivered in person on or before December 6, 2012 to be considered for this initiative.

All applications postmarked or delivered in person on or after December 7, 2012 must meet the criteria of the AINP Long-Haul Trucking Industry category and will be subject to the 2012 Long-Haul Transportation allocation system in place before this initiative.

October 26, 2012

The AINP, in collaboration with the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), has implemented a short-term initiative to assist Alberta Employers in the hotel and lodging industry to meet their labour needs. Under the 2012 Additional Allocation Initiative, the allocation limit per property for the 2012 calendar year for Front Desk Clerks/Agents, Food and Beverage Servers, and Room Attendants has been temporarily removed. The AINP will accept up to 600 complete, eligible Candidate applications in any of the three eligible occupations. Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the AINP office in person on or before December 6, 2012. All eligible Alberta Employers in the hotel and lodging industry may apply to nominate Candidates in any of the three eligible occupations, regardless of how many allocations the employer has used, or not used, to date in 2012.

The regular 2012 allocation system in place before this initiative will apply to applications postmarked or delivered in person on or after December 7, 2012.

Visit the Semi-Skilled Worker criteria page for complete details.

July 13, 2012

The AINP has started a review of the Semi-Skilled Foodservices Industry (Pilot Project).

Visit the Semi-Skilled Worker criteria page for more details.

July 1, 2012

The AINP has introduced changes to the language criteria for the Employer-Driven Stream, Semi-Skilled Worker Category.

Semi-skilled workers who arrived in Canada as a Temporary Foreign Workers on or before July 1, 2012 and whose applications are postmarked on or before December 31, 2012 can choose to apply under the previous criteria or the new criteria.

Semi-skilled workers who arrived in Canada as a Temporary Foreign Workers after July 1, 2012 will be processed based on the new criteria.

All applications postmarked after December 31, 2012 will be assessed using the new criteria.

March 14, 2011

Supervisors, foremen, or tradespersons working in an occupation designated as a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta (including Chefs, Cooks, and Line Cooks) are no longer eligible to apply under the Employer-Driven Stream and must apply under the Strategic Recruitment Stream, Compulsory and Optional Trades Category.

Applications under the AINP Employer-Driven Stream, Skilled Worker Category from supervisors, foremen and tradespeople, working in occupations designated as Compulsory or Optional Trades postmarked after March 14, 2011 will be returned to the Candidate.

February 4, 2011

Effective April 1, 2011, industry-specific criteria for the AINP Employer-Driven Stream, Semi-Skilled Worker Category, in the Hotel and Lodging Industry will change.

Prior to April 1, 2011, applications will be accepted with documentation supporting either the current industry-specific criteria or the new industry-specific criteria. Applications postmarked on or after April 1, 2011, will be assessed on the new industry-specific criteria only. Visit the Semi-Skilled Worker criteria page for more details.

September 1, 2010

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has introduced a bar code to some of our forms to make it easier for those applying to the program. Visit our Application forms page for more information. Please note that application form AINP 002: Employer-Driven Application for a Semi-Skilled Occupation has now been replaced by application AINP 005: Employer-Driven Application for a Semi-Skilled Occupation.

August 23, 2010

The AINP is currently not accepting applications under the AINP U.S. Visa Holder Category and the AINP Family Stream. Applications postmarked after August 23, 2010 will be returned. Applications postmarked on or before August 23, 2010 will be accepted for processing and will be processed according to AINP Processing Times and U.S. Visa Holder Category or Family Stream criteria. See the following News Release for further information.

November 2, 2009

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) made changes to its Employer Compliance Declaration form for Restaurant and Foodservices Industry based on feedback from stakeholders.

What do these changes mean to you as an Alberta Employer in the Restaurant and Foodservices Industry?
  1. If you have not yet submitted an application to the AINP, when you submit your application, you must use the updated Employer Compliance Declaration Form.
  2. If a previous application you submitted was declined on the basis of misrepresentation for not declaring a citation, violation or breach, you may send a new and complete application to the AINP immediately, using the new form, regardless of any statement from the AINP barring you from applying for a period of one year.
  3. If a previous application you submitted is in progress, and no decision has yet been reached by the AINP, you must complete the new form, and send it to the AINP immediately by mail, quoting your file number on a cover sheet and/or the form.
  4. If a previous application you submitted was declined for reasons other than misrepresentation on the former Employer Compliance Declaration form, you are unable to reapply to the AINP for the occupation and/or candidate you had requested.
  5. If a previous application you submitted was approved, you do not have to submit any information to the AINP regarding that particular/specific application, regardless of the form(s) that was used.

The Employer Compliance Declaration form is available for download from our website on our application forms page. Employers and Candidates must meet all other eligibility criteria in order to apply to the AINP.

If you have questions about the Employer Compliance Declaration form, call the applicable authority indicated on the form or call the Immigrate to Alberta Information Service.

September 14, 2009

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) made changes to the AINP Family Stream. Please visit the Family Stream section of the website for more information. There are new application forms for the Family Stream as well. Visit our FAQ section to explore how these changes affect you.

March 30, 2009

Application Forms

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) updated some of its forms.

Please note that if a third party/representative is being used in the application process, Use of a Representative forms are now separate from the general application forms, and must be attached as needed. When reading and signing the declaration pages, the appropriate individual is referred to the applicable form, only if he or she is using the services of a third party/representative in connection with the application.

Applicants are expected to make every reasonable effort in using the new forms when applying to the AINP, and the AINP reserves the right to require that the most recent versions of the forms be completed upon reviewing a submission.

June 19, 2008

Family Stream

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) introduced a new Family Stream on June 19, 2008.

June 19, 2008

To improve understanding of the program, the Government of Alberta has modified the name of the Provincial Nominee Program. Now called the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), the name is more reflective of our province and the program's immigration purpose.

April 30, 2008

PNP Semi-Skilled Worker Category - Foodservices Industry (Pilot Project)

The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), in consultation with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), introduced a pilot project to address labour challenges faced by the foodservices industry in Alberta.

April 30, 2008

New PNP guidelines for chefs, cooks (level 1) and line cooks (level 2)

The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), in consultation with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), introduced new guidelines for the occupations of chef, cook and line cook. The new guidelines for these occupations are effective May 1, 2008.

October 29, 2007

PNP Semi-Skilled Worker Category - Food & Beverage Processing Industry

The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in consultation with Alberta Agriculture and Food introduced new English as a Second Language (ESL) requirements for the Food & Beverage Processing Industry.

May 22, 2007

Expanded program will help increase immigration flow

An expanded Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) could help reduce the province's labour challenges by allowing employer applications for newly graduated international students and workers in the food and beverage processing, hospitality, manufacturing and transportation industries.

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.