Alberta is one of Canada's three prairie provinces.  As the fourth largest province in the country, Alberta's neighbors are Saskatchewan in the east, British Columbia west, Northwest Territories in the north and the U.S. state of Montana south.  Its capital city is Edmonton but its largest city is Calgary to the south.  Alberta is currently experiencing an upward population trend so on April 1, 2016, Alberta's population reached 4.25 million.

If you are interested in settling in Alberta, you should know that Alberta has oil (second largest reserves in the world), natural gas (third largest producer in the world), and coal.  Alberta in fact, accounts for 70% of Canada's coal reserves and is the main producer of oil and natural gas in Canada.  Alberta however, is not all about oil, natural gas and coal.  About half of the province's land area is covered by forest. Alberta is also the second largest agricultural producer in Canada and the largest cattle producing province in Canada.  

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program 

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic migration program, operated jointly by the government of Alberta and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  The AINP  supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.  

If you are nominated by the Government of Canada, you and your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children will apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) through the Express Entry system. Despite the nomination, IRCC will be making the final decision on your permanent resident application.

There are options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers that allow you to apply on your own or with your employer. You should know though that the AINP may close an AINP stream without prior notice because these categories depend on application volumes and labor market needs.

The following individuals are not eligible to apply to the AINP:

With the AINP, options exist for applicants in three main streams.  Each AINP stream and category have different requirements and applications may be made with or without an employer.

Strategic Recruitment Stream. 

You can apply without an employer under any of the following categories but still be in status with a valid work permit:


Check the following important links!

>> Recognized compulsory or optional trade in Alberta

>> Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) definition 1 of "Parts Technician" occupation

>> Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) definition 2 of "Parts Technician" occupation



>>  CLICK HERE to check the List of Ineligible Occupations

Employer-Driven Stream

To qualify, you should have been offered a permanent and full-time job in an eligible skilled occupation, by an Alberta-based employer that meets Alberta's employment and wage standards. 



>>  CLICK HERE to check the List of Ineligible Occupations


Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

To qualify, you must have the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta. Some of the criteria to qualify include the following:

Self-Employed Farmer Stream criteria (include but are not limited to):

Some Living Costs to Help You Decide

If you are interested in settling in the province, we've compiled some living costs for Edmonton and Calgary for you to compare. These figures are from the website Numbeo (listed in Canadian Dollars) for you:

Expense Edmonton Calgary
Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant 66.00 74.62
McMeal at McDonalds or equivalent combo meal 8.09 8.50
Cappuccino, regular 4.08 4.16
Milk, regular 1 liter 2.24 1.94
Loaf of Fresh White Bread, 500g 2.78 2.51
Rice, white 1 kg 4.74 4.57
Eggs, 12 3.43 3.36
Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless 1 kg 13.48 15.55
Beef Round 1 kg or equivalent back leg red meat 13.38 20.33
Apples, 1 kg 3.90 4.04
Banana, 1 kg 1.83 1.87
Oranges, 1 kg 4.65 3.75
Tomato, 1 kg 4.18 4.06
Potato, 1 kg 2.53 2.90
Onion, 1 kg 2.56 2.33
Water, 1.5 liter bottle 2.57 1.78
Monthly Bus Pass, Regular Price 89.00 99.00
Gasoline, 1 liter 0.92 0.97
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline or equivalent new car 22,500.00 23,000.00
1 Pair of Jeans, Levis 501 or similar 66.88 60.75
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, etc.) 49.42 48.26
1 Pair of Nike running shoes, mid-range 94.74 97.15
Apartment, 1 bedroom in the city centre, 1 month rent 1,193.75 1,340.79
Apartment, 1 bedroom outside city centre, 1 month rent 990.12 1,062.39
Apartment, 3 bedrooms in the city centre, 1 month rent 1,806.06 2,306.67
Apartment, 3 bedrooms outside city centre, 1 month rent 1,479.84 1,704.45
Average monthly disposable salary, net after tax 3,036.19 3,707.11

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Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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