Alberta, the westernmost of Canada’s three Prairie provinces, shares many physical characteristics with Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Rocky Mountains run along Alberta’s western border with British Columbia towards the south. The province holds the country’s largest oil and natural gas reserves. The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta.

The PNP program enables the province to select and nominate foreign workers, international students, and entrepreneurs to help meet the province/territory labor market needs, support government priorities, and help grow their economy. If you are nominated, you and your family can apply to IRCC to become a permanent resident of Canada.

The first step to apply for provincial nomination, is to apply to the PNP in the province or territory where you want to live. You must have the skills, education, and work experience necessary to settle in Canada and support yourself and your family to qualify. The province or territory will determine if you can meet their economic and labor market needs, as well as those of Canada.

Following the approval of your application by the province or territory, you must apply for permanent residence within the timeframe set forth by the province or territory. The province or territory will inform you If you must apply through the Express Entry system or the regular application process:


  • Nomination under a non-Express Entry PNP stream: Permanent resident applicants who were nominated through a non-Express Entry PNP stream should use the usual application process to seek for permanent residence.

You can find out who is eligible to apply for each stream of nominee program described below by looking at the table below. Please keep in mind that there are so many other qualifying conditions to meet before you can apply for a certain stream.

Main CategorySubcategoryEligibility
Alberta Opportunity StreamWho live and work in Alberta and have a job offer
Alberta Express Entry StreamQualified candidates with an Express Entry profile
Rural Renewal StreamWho have a job offer from an Alberta employer to work in a designated rural Alberta community
EntrepreneursRural Entrepreneur StreamWho want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community
Graduate Entrepreneur StreamInternational graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business
Farm StreamExperienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm
Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur StreamForeign educated graduates from outside of Canada who want to launch start-up enterprises and innovative business

For detailed information on eligibility requirements of each of stream, and to find out more on other provincial programs please contact us or fill out our free assessment form.

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