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New National Occupational Classification (NOC)

On November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the AAIP, adopted the NOC 2021. Find out how NOC 2021 affects eligibility for AAIP streams.

Overview

Alberta Opportunity Stream criteria may apply at the time your application is submitted, at the time the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) assesses your application, or both. Review the criteria carefully to understand eligibility requirements.

Important: The National Occupational Classification (NOC) has been updated. The NOC 2021 version applies to all AAIP applications submitted on or after November 16, 2022. Review the AAIP updates page for details on how the NOC change affects eligibility for this stream. Review the information on this Eligibility page to understand how AAIP criteria has changed.

If you submitted your application on or before November 15, 2022, review the NOC 2016 of the requirements (PDF, 313 KB) that apply to you.

Residency, work permit requirements

At the time your application is submitted, and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must have a valid temporary resident status in Canada that authorizes you to work in Canada, that is, a temporary foreign worker permit.

NOC 2021 update: Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) based work permits issued under NOC 2016 version continue to be accepted by the AAIP.

Eligible applicants

At the time your application is submitted, and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must have a valid work permit – not status maintained during processing (formerly implied status) or restoration status.

Valid work permits are based on one of the following:

  • 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
    • R205(d) for religious work
    • an open work permit issued by IRCC to:
      • vulnerable workers who have demonstrated they are experiencing abuse or are at risk of abuse in the context of their employment in Canada, including under the Vulnerable Workers Open Work Permit (VWOWP) exemption, or
      • the family members of a vulnerable worker under the VWOWP exemption
  • a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) held by a graduate of an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution
    • PGWP holders must also meet specific occupation, education and work experience requirements as set out below.
  • an open work permit issued under one of IRCC’s open work permit public policies:

Ineligible applicants

The following individuals cannot apply for or be nominated under the Alberta Opportunity Stream:

  • refugee claimants or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process – the AAIP does not intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process
  • temporary residents living or working in a province or territory of Canada other than Alberta, or
  • foreign nationals living or working in Canada who do not have valid temporary resident status

Occupation requirements

Eligible occupations

At the time your application is submitted, and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must work in an eligible occupation in Alberta. Occupation requirements also apply to your work experience and job offer.

You must review the work experience criteria and eligible job offer criteria sections below for details.

The occupation you are working in at the time your application is submitted is your ‘current occupation'.

Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AAIP.

Important: The NOC has been updated. The NOC 2021 version applies to all AAIP applications submitted on or after November 16, 2022. Review the AAIP updates page for details on how the NOC change affects eligibility for this stream. Use IRCC’s Find your NOC tool to find the NOC 2021 version of your occupation and understand how your occupation may be impacted by this change.

If you submitted your application on or before November 15, 2022, review the NOC 2016 version of the occupation requirements (PDF, 313 KB) that apply to you.

The list of ineligible occupation list has been updated with the NOC 2021 version. Read the updated list to assess your eligibility for this stream.

Most occupations under NOC TEER Categories 0, 1, 2, 3 4 and 5 are eligible under the AAIP.

Ineligible occupations

Individuals working in the following occupations at the time of submission and assessment are not eligible to apply for or be nominated under the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

Table 1. List of ineligible occupations

*This National Occupation Classification (NOC) code consists of both eligible occupations and ineligible occupations. The ‘Occupation’ column specifies which occupations are ineligible for each NOC Code listed.
NOC Code (2021) NOC TEER category Occupation
00010 0 Legislators
40021 0 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
40030 0 Managers in social, community and correctional services
40041 0 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
60040* 0 Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
41100 1 Judges
41220 1 Secondary school teachers
41221 1 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
51111 1 Authors and writers (except technical)
51122 1 Musicians and singers
42200* 2 Justices of the peace
42202* 2 Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children's Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as Level 1 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Assistant)
43100 3 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
43109 3 Other instructors
53121 3 Actors, comedians and circus performers
53122 3 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
53124 3 Artisans and craftspersons
53200 3 Athletes
63101 3 Real estate agents and salespersons
33100* 3 Dental laboratory assistants/bench workers
44100 4 Home child care providers
44101 4 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
64321 4 Casino occupations
55109 5 Other performers
65109 5 Other sales related occupations
65211 5 Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
65229 5 Other support occupations in personal services
65329 5 Other service support occupations
75200 5 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
85101 5 Harvesting labourers
85102 5 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
85104 5 Trappers and hunters
85110 5 Mine labourers
85121 5 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers

If you are unsure whether your occupation is on this list:

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders

If you are a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder, your occupation must also be related to your field of study in Alberta. Review the education requirements section for details on eligible Alberta credentials and approved Alberta institutions.

Language requirements

The language requirements for some candidates may have increased or decreased with the implementation of the NOC 2021. You must confirm the TEER Category for your occupation in the NOC 2021 and use the TEER Category to determine your minimum language score using the table below.

If you submitted your application on or before November 15, 2022 review the NOC 2016 version of the language requirements (PDF, 313 KB) that apply to you.

You must demonstrate you meet the following language test score in English or French at the time that you submit your application. You must meet the scores based on a single test result.

Table 2. Language requirements

National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER category Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test score required Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required
If you are working in a NOC 0, 1, 2 or 3 occupation Minimum of 5 for each English language skill Minimum of 5 for each French language skill
If you are working in a NOC 4 or 5 occupation Minimum of 4 for each English language skill Minimum of 4 for each French language skill

If you apply to the AAIP under NOC code 33102 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates), the AAIP requires a minimum language test score of CLB of 7 for each English language skill, or NCLC of 7 for each French language skill.

You must provide your official test results with your AAIP application for one of the following language tests:

Official test results must be less than 2 years old at the time your application was submitted. The date used to determine the age of your tests results is the date you took the test, not the date your test results were released. The AAIP will not accept confirmation of registration to take a language test in place of a test result.

Check the federal guideline on CLB/NCLC equivalency for each of the tests.

For information about language requirements in place from 2019 to 2021, read the Alberta Opportunity Stream changes below.

Education requirements

All applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit holders

As of January 1, 2021, at the time your application is submitted, you must have completed a minimum of high school education equivalent to Canadian standards.

You must provide a copy of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) issued by an organization designated by IRCC for your highest level of education. If your ECA report shows that your credential is not equal to completion of Canadian high school or the foreign educational institution is not recognized, you do not meet the education requirement.

You do not need to provide an ECA if:

  • you have a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized Canadian post-secondary, technical college or secondary institution, or
  • you have a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or a trade certificate recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).

Candidates who submitted an application before January 1, 2021 were required to have completed a minimum of high school education in their country of origin at the time of application. An ECA was not required for these applicants.

Read more about Alberta Opportunity Stream changes.

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders

PGWP holders must meet the following additional education requirements at the time of application submission.

Approved Alberta institutions

Your credential must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution.

Eligible Alberta credentials

If you started attending your Alberta credential program before April 1, 2019, your credential must be one of the following Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials:

  • certificate or post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate (minimum 1 year in length)
  • diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
  • undergraduate bachelor's degree
  • graduate level degree
  • graduate level certificate
  • graduate level diploma

If you started attending your Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019, your credential must be one of the following Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials:

  • post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate (minimum 1 year in length)
  • diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
  • undergraduate bachelor's degree
  • graduate level degree
  • graduate level certificate
  • graduate level diploma

Work experience requirements

Your ‘current occupation’ is the occupation you are working in at the time your application is submitted.

Your current occupation must also match your work experience at the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application.

Eligible work experience

At the time your application is submitted you must have either:

  • a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience 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 or both – this work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) or abroad.

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders require a minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months.

For all applicants, including Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders, work experience in the qualifying period:

  • must have been full-time, for a minimum of 30 hours a week
  • must be for the same occupation as your current occupation
  • must have been authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and with valid temporary resident status if completed in Alberta or Canada
  • cannot have been gained while studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of a study program, unless you are a PGWP holder who completed during paid co-op work terms as a part of your program of study at an Alberta post-secondary institution. To qualify, the work terms must have been:
    • paid and full-time (minimum 30 hours per week)
    • for work experience directly related to your current occupation, and
    • for work experience all gained in Alberta

All applicants, including PGWP holders, must meet the following licensing, registration and certification requirements at the time your application is submitted and the time the AAIP assesses your application:

  • You must have the required licensing, registration or certification to work in your current occupation in Alberta.
  • If you are working in a compulsory trade in Alberta, you must have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) recognized trade certificate.
  • If you are working as childcare worker, you must have valid certification as a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Worker) or Level 3 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Supervisor).

Eligible job offers

For all applicants, including PGWP holders, at the time your application is submitted, and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta.

Your Alberta employer must be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Alberta.

Your job offer or employment contract must be signed by you and your Alberta employer and must offer:

  • continuous, paid work
  • full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • employment for 12 months or more
  • work in your current occupation
  • wages and benefits that meet provincial minimum wage and:
    • meet or exceed the requirements set out in your LMIA, or
    • if you are LMIA exempt, meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta as set out on the Alis website
    • exceptions for NOC 41302 – Religious leaders and NOC 42204 – Religion workers:
      • If your job offer is LMIA exempt, your wages and benefits must meet or exceed minimum wage.
      • Meal and lodging deductions that meet Employment Standards are permitted. Proof of employee authorization of deductions is required.
      • Important: If you submitted your application on or before November 15, 2022 review the NOC 2016 version of the wage requirement for religious workers (PDF, 313 KB) for religious workers that apply to you.
  • work for an eligible AAIP occupation for which you have a work permit that meets AAIP work permit requirements
    • Note: The update of the NOC to the NOC 2021 version does not affect the validity of LMIAs and LMIA based work permits issued under the NOC 2016 version.

You must meet the terms agreed to in your job offer or employment contract at the time of your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application.

Ineligible applicants based on job offer

The following individuals are not eligible to apply for or be nominated under the Alberta Opportunity Stream, even if they have a job offer to work 30 hours a week or more in a 12-month period:

  • part-time, casual or seasonal employees, regardless of their working hours
  • 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 (CORES)
  • employees who work in Alberta in a place of employment that is not zoned for commercial or industrial operations, such as a home-based business
  • 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

Alberta Opportunity Stream changes

For the Alberta Opportunity Stream, there were increases to selection criteria for language and education between 2020 and 2021.

Table 3 lists what changed and when it changed. Changes to selection criteria may happen without notice at any time. These changes will be communicated by the AAIP. The summary of changes below is for information only and will not be used to assess applications.

Table 3. Summary of Alberta Opportunity Stream changes

Alberta Opportunity Stream selection requirements (Applies to all candidates unless otherwise noted) Effective April 1, 2019 Effective January 1, 2020 Effective January 1, 2021
Residency Status, Work Permit No change No change No change
Occupation No change No change No change
Language Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4 except  NOC 3414 which required CLB or NCLC 7. CLB/NCLC 5 for candidates working in NOC 0, A or B occupation. No change for NOC C or D occupations and no change for NOC 3414. No change
Education (for all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Holders) Minimum High School in Country of Origin No change Minimum High School equivalent to Alberta standard; Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) required if qualifying based on foreign education credentials
Education (Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Holders only) If you started attending an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, entry level certificates are no longer eligible. No change to other eligible credentials (post-diploma or post-baccalaureate certificates, diplomas, degrees and graduate level. certificates/diplomas) If you started attending an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, entry level certificates are not eligible. Eligible credentials include post-diploma or post-baccalaureate certificates, diplomas, degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas) No change
Work Experience (for all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Holders) No change No change No change
Work Experience (Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Holders only) Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada No change No change

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