Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an immigration program through which a broad range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs can settle in Alberta permanently. The AINP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Successful applicants to the AINP receive a provincial nomination certificate. With this nomination, the applicant, as well as his or her accompanying family members, if applicable, may apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.

Alberta has been a hugely attractive destination for newcomers to Canada over recent years, with the latest government data showing that Alberta has surpassed British Columbia as the second most popular immigration destination in Canada, after Ontario. Alberta’s share of recent immigrants — defined as people who first obtained permanent resident status in Canada in the five years prior to a census — increased from 6.9 per cent in 2001 to 17.1 per cent in 2016. Immigrants to Alberta are attracted by the wealth of job opportunities across the province and high living standards. The provincial capital, Edmonton, as well as the slightly larger Calgary and a host of smaller communities across the province, have experienced economic growth over recent years.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

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The AINP consists of the following immigration streams:

This stream allows individuals who meet the stream’s minimum eligibility requirements and are working in Alberta in an eligible occupation to apply for an AINP provincial nomination.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements for the AINP Alberta Opportunity Stream.

The AINP will introduce further changes to the Alberta Opportunity Stream between 2019 and 2021.

This stream allows the Government of Alberta to nominate eligible candidates from Canada’s Express Entry system. A successful nomination under this stream results in 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System points.

Individuals and families around the world can immigrate to Canada within just a few months through the Express Entry immigration selection system. Express Entry, first introduced in 2015, has become the main driver of skilled worker immigration to Canada and one of the most popular immigration systems globally. Under the 2019-2021 Canada Immigration Levels Plan, the number of new permanent residents admitted through Express Entry over the coming years is set to increase.

The Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream is designed to bring immigrants to the province with extensive farm management experience. The stream falls under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through the AINP, Alberta has the ability to welcome new permanent residents who have the proven skills and experience to benefit Alberta’s labour market.

Successful applicants to the Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream receive a provincial nomination certificate, which may then be used to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.

Self-Employed Farmer eligibility criteria
financial documentation of their existing farm business;
documentation of their education, training, and work experience;
A proposed business plan for the farming enterprise they are considering in Alberta; and
proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance their proposed farming business.

Tips when applying for AINP

Like any application, it pays to be as prepared as possible when it comes time to submit your AINP application. With that in mind, click here for tips that you should focus on:

Read all the relevant AINP terms and conditions.

The availability of AINP streams and categories is dependent upon application volumes and labour market needs. The criteria for the AINP are routinely evaluated and may be subject to change at any time and without notice so make sure that you are as prepared as possible.

Review the AINP selection criteria:

The key aspect in the selection criteria is a valid work permit. This can take the form of:

  • A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • A LMIA exemption for workers based on one of the following exemptions as determine by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
  • international trade agreements
  • workers transferred within a company
  • International Experience Canada
  • Mobilité Francophone
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder

Review the language test requirements

It is necessary for you to provide official test results from one of the following official bodies:

  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) General Test (English)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training Test (English)
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) (French)
  • TCF (Test de connaissance du français) (French)

Download the Document Checklist and complete the required forms

Use the Alberta Opportunity Stream document to complete the application.

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Self-Employed Farmer Stream aims to attract farm owners/operators who plan to live in Alberta in order to purchase and manage their farming business.
The AINP assesses applicants’ eligibility by working closely with Alberta’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. To be considered for immigration to Alberta under this stream, individuals with the intention to set up a farming business in Alberta must demonstrate farm management skills and sufficient financial resources to invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta.

Minimum Requirements

Self-employed farmers must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be eligible to apply to this stream:

Note: $500,000 is a minimum investment amount. A larger amount may be required to demonstrate investment ability.

Who is not eligible to apply to the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Candidates are not eligible to apply if they are:

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