Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.

Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee. CIC makes final decisions on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications.

The AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. In addition, there are options to apply on your own, or with your employer. Review the available streams and categories below and choose the best option for you. Be sure to also review the information on this page on individuals who are not eligible to apply to the AINP.

The AINP is a program for permanent residence. AINP nominations will not be issued for the purpose of obtaining temporary work permit extensions. See the FAQ section for more information.

Reminder: You must maintain a valid work permit throughout the AINP application and assessment process. Only applicants under the Strategic Recruitment Stream, Engineering Occupations Category are exempt from this requirement. If you are unable to provide the AINP with a valid work permit or implied status based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or LMIA exemption at the time of assessment, your application will be declined. Please see the FAQ section for further information.

AINP Streams and Categories Accepting Applications

Requirements to qualify to apply vary depending on the stream and category. Read more about each available stream and category below.

Strategic Recruitment Stream

Apply on your own (without an employer) under one of three different category options:

Strategic Recruitment Stream - Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

You may qualify if you are a temporary foreign worker and have a valid trade certificate in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).

Learn more: Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

Strategic Recruitment Stream - Engineering Occupations Category

You may qualify if you are a temporary foreign worker and have Alberta work experience in an eligible engineering occupation.

Learn more: Engineering Occupations Category

Strategic Recruitment Stream - Post-Graduate Worker Category

You may qualify, if you have a Post-Graduation Work Permit, are currently working in Alberta, and have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta.

Changes were made to this category on September 27, 2013.

Learn more: SRS Post-Graduate Worker Category

Employer-Driven Stream

Apply with your employer under one of three different category options:

Employer-Driven Stream - Skilled Worker Category

You may qualify, if you have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible skilled occupation.

Learn more: Skilled Worker Category

Employer-Driven Stream - International Graduate Category

You may qualify if you recently graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, have a Post-Graduation Work Permit, and have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation.

Learn more: EDS International Graduate Category

Employer-Driven Stream, Semi-Skilled Worker Category

You may qualify for nomination if you have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation, and you are a temporary foreign worker.

Only select key industries and occupations are eligible in this category, and all candidates must meet minimum language standards.

Learn more: Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

You may qualify if you have the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta.

Learn more: Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Who is not eligible?

The following are NOT eligible to apply to the AINP:

  • Clergy, Elementary and Secondary School Teachers, Professional Athletes and Dental Laboratory Bench Workers
  • 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

Other restrictions on eligibility may also apply for each AINP stream/category; see AINP stream pages and category criteria pages for more information.

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.