Employer fees are illegal

Employers and employment agencies cannot charge employees fees for a job or employment offer. If an employer is charging you a fee of any kind we can help. Call the Alberta government information line at 310-0000 and ask for Employment Standards or the Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office.


The Rural Entrepreneur Stream is an economic immigration program. Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest.

Learn about eligibility criteria, how to apply and what to do after you are nominated.

Recent changes

On April 3, 2023, the AAIP reduced the minimum investment for Rural Entrepreneur Stream from $200,000 to $100,000 to align with investments requirements under other entrepreneur streams. 

AAIP also opened the AAIP Phone Line to respond to inquiries about program requirements and processes. The line is operated by AAIP staff and complements existing online information and contact forms offered by the program.

  • AAIP Phone Line: 780-644-7534
  • Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday (closed statutory holidays)

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