Alberta Opportunity Stream

Alberta Opportunity Stream

Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)

The AOS was introduced in June 2018 replacing the ongoing Strategic Recruitment Stream and Employer-Driven Stream in the province. The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is designed for the foreign workers who already work full-time or possess an offer letter of a full-time job from an employer in Alberta. Candidates are required to have a positive LMIA letter (Labour Market Impact Assessment letter) or possess the LMIA exemption work permit accepted legally. Candidates are also required to fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria framed for permanent residency and/or work permit.

Meet The Following Requirements To Apply

1. Work and Residency Permit

All the eligible applicants are required to have a valid temporary Canadian residential status.

  • The work permit must be valid and based on any of the following
  • Positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment)
  • LMIA exemption done international trade agreements, International Experience Canada or Inter-company transferees.
  • PGWP (Post-Graduate Work Permit)
  • The applicant is required to be working in an eligible occupation
2. Occupation Requirements

If you wish to qualify for the AOS, you are required to be working in an eligible occupation in the province of Alberta.

Most of the occupations falling under the NOC (National Occupational Classification) referring to the skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are considered eligible under the AINP.

3. Language Requirements

An applicant must meet the minimum of level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) either in English or in French.

With effect from January 1st, 2020 the level of the language requirement has been increased to CLB level 5 for all the interested applicants.

4. Education Requirements

An applicant must meet the education requirement of having completed high school education at the minimum in their country of origin.

With effect from January 1st, 2021 all the applicants will be required to have completed at least the high school education which is equivalent to the educational standards of Alberta.

5. Work Experience Requirements

While applying, an applicant must have

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience working full-time in Alberta in the past 18 months; or
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working full-time in Canada or abroad in the past 30 months.

If an applicant is a Post-Graduation Work Permit holder,

  • must have a minimum of six months full-time work experience in their current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, and
  • must currently be in an occupation related to the same field of study in Alberta based on an approved Alberta educational credential from an Advanced Education-approved Alberta post-secondary institution.
  • Also, if the applicant has completed at least a one-year post-graduate certificate then the occupation must also be related to his or her previous undergraduate or graduate field of study in Canada.
6. Job Offer

To apply under this stream, an applicant must have a valid job offer from an Alberta employer to work under the same current occupation. The applicant must be working full-time and must possess the license if it is required in the province.

The job offer must:

  • be for continuous, paid work, full-time work, 30 hours/week for 12 months or more..
  • offer work in an eligible AINP occupation for which an applicant has a work permit that meets the AINP work permit requirements.

Ineligible Job offers

  • part-time employees.
  • independent contractors, business owners or temporary agency workers, including individuals listed as Directors, Shareholders or Agents of the Alberta employer on the Corporate Registry System.
  • employees who work in Alberta in a place of employment that is not zoned for commercial or industrial operations, such as a home-based self-employed business; or
  • employees who do not work on premises in Alberta, such as those who work in a “virtual” location or serve the employer by telecommuting from a location outside Alberta.
Ineligible occupations

Individuals working in the following occupations at the time of application and assessment are not eligible to apply for or be nominated under the AOS.

Table 1. List of ineligible occupations

NOC Code (2016) NOC Skill Level Occupation
0011 0 Legislators
0422 0 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
0423 0 Managers in social, community and correctional services
0432 0 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0651* 0 Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
4031 A Secondary school teachers
4032 A Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
4154 A Professional occupations in religion
5121 A Authors and writers
5133 A Musicians and singers
5135 A Actors and comedians
5136 A Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
1227 B Court officers and justices of the peace
3223* B Dental laboratory assistants/bench workers
4214* B Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)
4216 B Other instructors
4217 B Other religious occupations
5232 B Other performers, not elsewhere classified
5244 B Artisans and craftspersons
5251 B Athletes
6232 B Real estate agents and salespersons
4411 C Home child care providers
4412 C Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
4413 C Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6533 C Casino occupations
6564 C Other personal service occupations
7513 C Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
8442 C Trappers and hunters
6623 D Other sales related occupations
6722 D Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
6742 D Other service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
8611 D Harvesting labourers
8612 D Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613 D Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614 D Mine labourers