Alberta Advantage Immigration Program

Alberta renames and expands Provincial Nominee Program

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has been renamed the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). The new AAIP also added two new programs for rural and entrepreneur immigration.

Alberta is also changing the name of three existing entrepreneur streams:

  • The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream is now the Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.
  • The Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream is now the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.
  • The Self-Employed Farmer Stream is now the Farm Stream.

The eligibility criteria is not changing for these existing streams.


Alberta government media release stated the new name, Alberta Advantage Immigration Program, is intended “to help promote Alberta’s reputation and benefits as an attractive place when choosing where to work and raise a family.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, a former federal immigration minister, launched Alberta Advantage Immigration Program at the Fairness for Newcomers Summit in Calgary.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Premier Kenney said: “We’re determined to get more than our share of newcomers…Newcomers don’t take jobs away from Albertans but help to create jobs…They create additional demand, they create additional wealth and, very typically, they create additional businesses that hire people.”

Rural Renewal Stream


Alberta launched the Rural Renewal Stream under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program to attract and retain newcomers to rural areas in the province.

Communities must apply to be part of the stream. Eligible rural communities have to be outside the Calgary and Edmonton metropolitan areas, and have less than 100,000 people as per the 2016 census.

Candidates must have a permanent, full-time job offer, and meet other requirements related to work experience, language ability, education and settlement funds.

Rural Entrepreneur Stream

The Alberta immigration Rural Entrepreneur Stream of Alberta Advantage Immigration Program targets qualified and capable entrepreneurs who want to start a new or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community.

Communities must have a population of less than 100,000 and fall outside the Calgary and Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area.

Candidates must:

  • conduct an exploratory visit
  • meet work experience, education and language requirements
  • have a net worth of at least $300,000 and
  • invest at least $200,000

They must also own at least 51 percent of a new business or 100 percent if purchasing an existing business, and create at least one job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Eligible candidates can submit an expression of interest and visit the community where they wish to start their business.

Candidates with an approved Business Application sign a Business Performance Agreement and are issued a work permit. They must then spend at least one year establishing their business in Alberta. Once the business is established and they meet the terms of their BPA, they are nominated for permanent residence.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.