Planned AOS Criteria Changes (2018 to 2021)

The selection criteria for language, education and income will be changing over the next three years. Minimum criteria will increase for each of these criterion. This phased in approach has been put in place to allow candidates time to adjust to higher requirements.

The table below is provided as a summary to help candidates understand what the criteria change will be and when it will take effect. This table is for general information only, and will not be used to assess applications. The official AINP criteria that will be used to assess current and future applications is available on the AOS Criteria webpage.

AOS Selection Criterion
(Applies to all candidates unless otherwise noted)

Effective
October 1, 2018

Effective
June 14, 2019

Effective
January 1, 2020

Effective
January 1, 2021

Residency Status/Work Permit

No Change

No Change

No Change

No Change

Occupation

No Change

No Change

No Change

No Change

Language

CLB/NCLC 4

CLB/NCLC 5

CLB/NCLC 5

CLB/NCLC 5

Education
(for all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders)

Minimum
High School in Country of Origin

Minimum
High School in Country of Origin

Minimum
High School in Country of Origin

Minimum
High School equivalent  to Alberta standard

Education
(Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders only)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas. If admitted and enrolled in Alberta program on or after October 1, 2018, must have post-graduate-certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials. No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas. If admitted and enrolled in Alberta program on or after October 1, 2018, must have post-graduate-certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials. No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas. If admitted and enrolled in Alberta program on or after October 1, 2018, must have post-graduate-certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials. No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas. If admitted and enrolled in Alberta program on or after October 1, 2018, must have post-graduate-certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials. No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Work Experience - for all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders

No Change

No Change

No Change

No Change

Work Experience - Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders only

Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada

Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada

Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada

Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada

Income level

No change from current posted criteria (70% of Alberta Low Income Measures (LIM))

No change from current posted criteria (70% of LIM)

75% Alberta LIM

80% Alberta
LIM