Nomination certificate limits

The following numbers are accurate as of February 12, 2024.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets the limits for nomination certificates the AAIP can issue each year. AAIP has met the number of nomination certificates allocated by the federal government in 2023. AAIP's 2024 allocation has not yet been confirmed. Notional increases to more than 10,000 nomination allocations per year are expected in 2024 and 2025. Additional information about the 2024 allocation and the projected split between Express Entry and non-Express Entry pathways will be provided when available.

Summary of 2023 allocations by AAIP stream or pathway

Table 1. Summary of 2023 allocations by AAIP stream or pathway

Stream / PathwayEstimated allocation (October 23, 2023)
Non-Express Entry Streams – Allocations 5,850
Alberta Opportunity Stream4,970
Rural Renewal Stream875
All (4) Entrepreneur streams5
Express Entry Stream and Pathways – Allocations 3,900
Family Connection and Occupation in Demand1,220
Accelerated Tech Pathway1,750
Dedicated Healthcare Pathway75
Sector Priorities (that is, construction, agriculture, hospitality and tourism)805
Total allocations:9,750

Application volumes and processing

Information on average processing times and dates and application volumes is available to help you determine how long it takes for AAIP to process a complete application for each AAIP stream or pathway.

Approximate volumes, processing times and assessment dates for each AAIP stream or pathway are provided below.

'Assessing' means an AAIP officer was assigned an application to assess and decide if an application is eligible.

The most common factors considered in AAIP application processing include:

  • application quality (completeness, eligibility, outdated information or documents)
  • volume of applications received
  • the date the application was received
  • strategic priorities, informed by labour market and economic development information
  • the number of nomination certificates remaining for the year

To check the status of your application or business application, go to the 'Check Existing Applications' section of the AAIP portal.

To check the status of your Expression of Interest, go to the ‘Check Existing Expression of Interest’ section of the AAIP portal.

Streams for workers

Table 2. Streams for workers: number of applications, allocations, processing time.

AAIP StreamNumber of applications in the queue (approximate)Processing time (estimated average) – from when a complete application is submitted until a final decision is issuedThe AAIP is assessing applications received before… (approximate)
Alberta Opportunity StreamApproximately 5,093Approximately 6 monthsSeptember 8, 2023
Alberta Express Entry Stream – All pathwaysApproximately 766Dedicated Healthcare Pathway - Approximately 2 weeksFebruary 2, 2024
  Priority Sectors – approximately 3 monthsDecember 2, 2023
  Accelerated Tech Pathway – approximately 4 monthsOctober 15, 2023
  Family Connection and In-Demand Occupation – approximately 3 months    November 21, 2023
Rural Renewal StreamApproximately 1,477Approximately 6 monthsSeptember 1, 2023

Streams for entrepreneurs

Table 3. Streams for entrepreneurs: processing times for EOI scoring, business application, and final report or decision.

AAIP StreamExpression of Interest (EOI) scoring (estimated) – from when EOI is submitted to scoring completedBusiness Application decision (estimated) – from when a complete business application is received until a support letter is issuedFinal report and nomination (estimated) – from when final report is submitted until a final nomination decision is issued
Graduate Entrepreneur Stream1 month3 months4 months
Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream1 month3 months4 months
Rural Entrepreneur Stream1 month3 months4 months
AAIP StreamProcessing time (estimated average) – from when a complete application is submitted until a final decision is issued
Farm Stream4 months

Applications by occupation

The AAIP has a high volume of applications in worker streams in the following occupations. When the volume of these applications exceeds the ability to issue nominations, these submissions may take longer to process or may be occupations excluded from Express Entry draws regardless of occupational demand.

  • 62020 – Food service supervisors
  • 63200 – Cooks
  • 62010 – Retail sales supervisors
  • 13110 – Administrative assistants
  • 65201 – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
  • 73300 – Transport truck drivers
  • 13100 – Administrative officers
  • 12200 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistant
  • 21231 – Software engineers and designers

Express Entry draws

The AAIP regularly reviews available candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. Based on available profile information in the portal, the AAIP draws to select candidates from the pool, inviting them to submit a completed application to the AAIP. Information on Alberta Express Entry Stream Notification of Interest factors is included on the Eligibility page. Accelerated Tech Pathway candidates are invited to apply, depending on the outcome of the review of their Accelerated Tech Pathway form.

The following parameters will apply to Alberta Express Entry Stream selection for 2023:

  • an estimated 31% of nominations will be allocated to candidates in in-demand occupations who have a close family connection (parent, child, brother or sister) in Alberta. In-demand occupations include occupations with significant cumulative imbalance on Alberta’s Occupational Outlook and occupations in 'High' or 'Moderately High' demand in the Short-Term Employment Forecast.
  • an estimated 23% of nominations will be allocated to candidates with a primary occupation in the health care, construction, agriculture, hospitality and tourism sectors, with priority given to candidates with an Alberta job offer
  • an estimated 45% of nominations will be allocated to the Accelerated Tech Pathway

Past draws

Draw information is updated within one week from a draw. Information on 2023 AAIP draws is provided below.

Read the 2022 AAIP Draw History Summary

Table 4. List of past draws

Date of drawNumber of Notification of Interest letters sentDraw parametersComprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter
February 6, 202444Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above302
February 1, 202480Priority sector - Construction occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500382
January 30, 202422Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above312
January 16, 202422Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above312
January 11, 202444Priority sector - Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500312
January 2, 202442Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above309
December 5, 202319Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above301
November 21, 202311Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above345
November 9, 202316Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above305
October 26, 2023100Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500369
October 24, 202322Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above326
October 24, 2023110Priority sector - Construction occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500300
October 10, 202313Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above327
October 5, 2023150Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500323
October 3, 202333Priority sector - Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500313
September 26, 202318Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above311
September 14, 2023142Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500301
September 12, 202316Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above327
September 12, 2023300Priority sector - Tourism and hospitality occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500383
August 29, 202318Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above300
August 24, 2023168Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500302
August 22, 202389Priority sector - Construction occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500303
August 16, 2023300Priority sector - Tourism and hospitality occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500408
August 15, 202314Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above326
August 3, 2023201Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500315
August 1, 202332Priority sector - Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500322
August 1, 202311Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above317
July 18, 202314Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above311
July 13, 2023142Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500302
July 11, 2023150Priority sector - Tourism and hospitality occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500435
July 4, 202312Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-1200354
June 29, 202365Priority sector - Construction occupation and French as first language, CRS score 300-500316
June 22, 2023125Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500306
June 21, 202319Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-1200318
June 20, 202368Priority sector - Construction occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500301
June 8, 2023150Priority sector - Agriculture occupation and French as a first language, CRS score 300-500382
June 1, 2023117Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500304
May 30, 202320Priority sector - Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-600342
May 23, 20235Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-1200401
May 11, 2023119Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500311
May 9, 2023175Priority sector - Tourism and hospitality occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-600444
May 9, 20238Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above307
April 25, 20238Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above316
April 24, 2023124Priority sector - Construction occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500301
April 20, 2023152Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500302
April 18, 202368Sector priority - Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-700307
April 5, 202353Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-600351
March 30, 2023150Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500372
March 9, 2023134Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500301
February 16, 2023100Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500357
January 23, 2023154Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500385
January 19, 202346Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500324

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