Get employed in Canada, immigrate through Alberta PNP

Alberta is one of Canada’s powerful provincial economies. It’s reputed for its industries like hospitality, tourism, education, forestry, agriculture, and fossil energy. The province provides jobs to thousands of people and hence is a major attraction for immigrants who wish to move to and work in Canada.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

The AINP is an economic immigration program. It nominates prospective immigrants to become permanent residents in Alberta. The nominees must have the necessary skills to meet the labor requirements of Alberta’s labor market. It also nominates candidates to purchase or set up a business in Alberta.

The candidates invited by AINP must also have the capability to support their families while in the province. The AINP is run by the Canadian and Alberta governments.

Upon getting nominated by Alberta via the AINP, you may apply for Canada PR. You can include your common-law partner/spouse and dependent children.

IRCC manages Canada PR applications. The federal government makes the final decision on the applications from any candidate who wishes to become a Canadian permanent resident.

Streams under AINP for Alberta immigration

Streams for workers

Alberta Express Entry stream

Immigration candidates with an Express Entry profile could be eligible to be invited by the AINP to apply for Canada PR. A limited number of candidates can immigrate via this stream.

Candidates with demonstrable connections with Alberta and who can support the government of Alberta in its economic development and priorities for diversification could get an invitation in an Alberta PNP program draw.

International students who graduated from Canadian post-secondary institutions may also get selected to apply under this stream.

Alberta Opportunity stream

This stream is meant for those who reside and work in Alberta. The candidates who have a job offer from an employee in Alberta can apply for a provincial nomination via this stream. It’s necessary for candidates to get a positive LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment). Or else, they will need a work permit Canada accepted for exemption from LMIA.

AINP draws in 2022

 Total Invitations: 1950

Invitation Dates

Number of Invitations issued

CRS score of lowest ranked candidate

January 18, 2022


CRS 346

January 5, 2022


CRS 327

February 01, 2022


CRS 340

March 08, 2022



March 22, 2022



April 14, 2022



Streams for entrepreneurs

Self-employed farmer stream

If you are an experienced farmer planning to buy or start a farm in Alberta, you can apply for permanent residence in Alberta. The candidates who choose this stream would be entrepreneurs with the financial resources and experience in farm management.

Candidates need to submit their application and a proposed business plan to the AINP to get it assessed. AINP will engage in consultation with Alberta Agriculture & Forestry to make sure the business plan is feasible and viable. It will also be ensured that the plan will meet the requirements of Alberta’s agriculture industry.

Upon finding misrepresentation or fraud in an application, AINP can ban a candidate for up to 5 years from filing another application.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration stream

This stream caters to international students who have graduated from approved post-secondary institutions in Alberta. These candidates would want to buy an existing business or start a business of their own in Alberta. They can file an EOI with AINP.

Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa stream

This is the stream for foreign graduates from outside Canada to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The candidates can launch a start-up enterprise or an innovative business in Alberta.

Alberta immigration via Alberta PNP is thus possible by applying under the immigration streams mentioned above.

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