Alberta Opportunity Stream

Alberta Opportunity StreamAlberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is one of the streams of Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). It has been created for experienced workers who have a valid work permit for an eligible occupation.


General requirements for applicants under Alberta Opportunity Stream:

Legal status: a valid temporary resident status in Canada.

Education: a minimum of high school education in the country of origin.

Language requirements:

— a minimum language test score of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) of 4 for each English language skill or of NCLC (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens) of 4 for each French language skill;

— for those applying under National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 3413 (nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates): a minimum language test score of CLB or NCLC of 7;

— official language test results less than 2 years old for CELPIP or IELTS for English and TEF or TCF for French;

— as of January 1, 2020, you must meet a minimum of CLB 5 for each English or French language skill if you work in a NOC 0, A or B occupation.

Work experience:

— a minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience (a minimum of 30 hours a week) in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months;

— or a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada or abroad within the last 30 months.

Work permit:

— a valid work permit in Canada for an eligible occupation;

— a work permit should be based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or on an LMIA exemption.


— a job in an eligible occupation in Alberta that matches your previous work experience;

— a job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer.

Additional requirements for holders of Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs):

  • Your current occupation should be related to your field of study in Alberta
  • If you are enrolled in Alberta program before April 1, 2019, your credential (a degree, certificate or diploma) must be issued by an Alberta post-secondary institution approved by Alberta Advanced Education
  • You should have a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months

Categories and Occupations of Applicants

The following categories cannot apply under Alberta Opportunity Stream:

  • Refugee claimants
  • Individuals who have received a removal order (those who have been asked to leave Canada)
  • Temporary residents living or working in a Canadian province or territory other than Alberta
  • Foreign nationals living or working in Canada without a valid temporary resident status

Most occupations under NOC skill levels 0, A, B, C, and D are eligible under this AINP stream.

However, there are exceptions (NOC):

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

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

Find out about other AINP streams in the article “Immigration to Alberta”.