Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)



The AAIP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.

Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through IRCC as a provincial nominee. IRCC makes final decisions on all permanent resident applications.

The AANP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. You may be able to apply on your own, or with your employer. Review the streams and categories below and choose the best option for you. Also review who is not eligible.

AINP nominations will not be issued for the purpose of obtaining temporary work permit extensions. See the FAQ section for more information.


You must maintain a valid work permit throughout the AAIP application and assessment process. Only applicants under the Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations Category are exempt from this requirement. At the time of assessment, you must provide the AINP with a valid work permit or implied status based on either:

  • a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or
  • a LMIA exemption as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Some LMIA exemptions from IRCC are not eligible under AINP. The AINP will not consider the following exemptions:

  • international students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program
  • people doing charitable or religious work
  • people who need to support themselves while they are in Canada, such as those waiting on a refugee claim

Program streams

 Streams for workers  Streams for entrepreneurs