Overview to Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) 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. They must also be able to provide for their families. The program is run by the governments of Alberta and Canada.

The AAIP offers several streams or categories under which individuals can apply for nomination:

  1. Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS): This category is designed for individuals who are already working in Alberta in an eligible occupation and have a valid work permit. It provides a pathway to permanent residency for those who meet the program’s criteria related to occupation, work experience, language proficiency, education, and settlement funds.
  2. Alberta Express Entry Stream: This stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, which manages applications for permanent residency through three main economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Eligible candidates with a valid Express Entry profile can receive an invitation to apply for a nomination from Alberta.
  3. Self-Employed Farmer Stream: This category is specifically for experienced farmers who have the financial resources and agricultural experience to establish a farming business in Alberta. Applicants must demonstrate a genuine intention to establish a viable farming operation in the province.

Each category has specific criteria and requirements that applicants must meet, such as work experience, education, language proficiency, and financial resources. Successful applicants who receive a nomination from Alberta can then apply for permanent residence to the federal government through the appropriate immigration program.


The AAIP benefits to successful nominees.

  1. Economic opportunities: Alberta’s thriving economy offers a wide range of job opportunities, particularly in sectors such as energy, technology, and agriculture. The province’s strong entrepreneurial spirit also makes it an ideal place for individuals looking to start or expand their businesses.
  2. High standard of living: Alberta is known for its high standard of living, excellent healthcare system, quality education, and diverse cultural amenities. The province’s cities and towns provide a safe and welcoming environment for individuals and families.
  3. Access to social services: Nominees and their families can access a comprehensive range of social services, including healthcare, education, and social welfare programs.
  4. Pathway to Canadian citizenship: After becoming a permanent resident, individuals can eventually apply for Canadian citizenship, granting them the rights and benefits of being a Canadian citizen.
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