Alberta Advantage Immigration Program

Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

Located in western Canada, the province of Alberta is a hub of agricultural production for Canada. The province sits on top of vast oil reserves, resulting in a booming provincial oil industry. Alberta hosts the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, and is bordered on the west by Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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.

If you are nominated through the program, you may apply for permanent residence status together with your spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada manages applications for permanent residence. The federal government also makes final decisions on these applications.

Streams for workers

The AAIP has 2 streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work here:

Streams for entrepreneurs

The AAIP has 3 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province:

AAIP – Processing times and inventory

The following numbers are accurate as of January 4, 2022. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets the limits for nominations the AAIP can issue each year. IRCC provided 6,250 nomination certificates to Alberta for 2021.
Information on application volumes and processing is available to help you determine the status of your application. The AAIP does not provide status updates.

Application volumes by occupation

The AAIP has a high volume of applications and Alberta Express Entry submissions in the following occupations. These submissions may take longer to process.

  • 6311 – Food service supervisors
  • 6211 - Retail sales supervisors
  • 7511 - Transport truck drivers
  • 6322 - Cooks
  • 3211 - Medical laboratory technologists
  • 0211 - Engineering managers
  • 1241 - Administrative assistants
  • 1123 - Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
  • 2131 - Civil engineers
  • 0621 - Retail and wholesale trade managers