The AINP continues to accept and process applications and Expressions of Interest (EOIs), with temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes.
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Nomination certificate limits
The following numbers are accurate as of January 19, 2021.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets the limits for nominations the AINP can issue each year. IRCC provided 6,250 nomination certificates to Alberta for 2020. However, as announced in Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan, the AINP will not be issuing more than 4,000 nomination certificates in 2020, reducing the use of nomination certificates by more than one third.
The AINP has issued all 4,000 certificates for 2020; however, applications in the queue continue to be processed. The AINP will resume issuing nomination certificates in January 2021. The number of nominations that the AINP can issue in 2021 is not yet available.
There are approximately 2,600 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications and 20 expression of interest applications in the Alberta Express Entry pool.
Information on application volumes and processing is available to help you determine the status of your application.
The AINP does not provide status updates.
Application volumes and processing
Approximate volumes and assessment dates for each AINP stream/category are provided below.
“Assessing” means an AINP officer has been assigned a file to make an assessment and decision on eligibility.
Applications received after the date stated below have not yet been assigned to an officer for assessment.
The most common factors considered in AINP application processing include:
- application quality (completeness, eligibility, outdated application information/documents)
- labour market information
- volume of applications received
- the date the application was received
Read the AINP terms and conditions for each stream, for more information on AINP application processing.
Alberta Opportunity Stream
|AINP Stream/Category/Industry||Number of Applications in the queue (approximate)||The AINP is assessing applications received before (approximate)|
|Alberta Opportunity Stream||Approximately 2,600||June 9, 2020|
The AINP is no longer accepting applications under this stream. All applications received under this stream have been assessed and received a decision. This includes applications under the following categories/industries:
- Food and beverage processing industry
- Food services industry (Pilot project)
- Hotel and lodging industry
- International graduate category
- Long-haul trucking industry
- Manufacturing industry
- Skilled worker category
Strategic Recruitment Stream
The AINP is no longer accepting application under this stream. All applications received under this stream have been assessed and received a decision. This includes applications under the following categories:
- Compulsory and optional trades category
- Engineering occupations category
- Post-graduate worker category
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
The AINP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) to assess the eligibility of applicants under this stream. Processing times are not available.
Application volumes by occupation
The AINP has a high volume of applications and Alberta Express Entry submissions in the following occupations. These submissions may take longer to process.
6311 – Food service supervisors
6211 – Retail sales supervisors
6322 – Cooks
7511 – Transport truck drivers
1241 – Administrative assistants
0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants
1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1221 – Administrative officers
Alberta Express Entry Stream Selection Draws
The AINP regularly reviews available candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. Based on available profile information in the portal, the AINP draws to select candidates from the pool, inviting them to submit a completed application to the AINP. Information on Alberta Express Entry Stream Notification of Interest factors is included on the eligibility page.
Information on draws will typically be posted approximately one month after the date of draw.
|Date of draw||Number of Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters sent||CRS score of lowest ranked candidate who received a NOI letter|
|January 10, 2019||337||300|
|January 25, 2019||81||301|
|February 1, 2019||168||301|
|February 22, 2019||130||302|
|March 5, 2019||473||400|
|March 12, 2019||462||400|
|March 15, 2019||106||300|
|March 19, 2019||271||400|
|March 26, 2019||370||400|
|April 2, 2019||356||400|
|April 9, 2019||172||300|
|April 15, 2019||179||400|
|April 24, 2019||133||400|
|May 2, 2019||119||400|
|May 15, 2019||197||301|
|June 21, 2019||262||300|
|July 10, 2019||180||425|
|July 17, 2019||251||400|
|July 24, 2019||220||303|
|July 31, 2019||319||400|
|August 7, 2019||35||352|
|August 15, 2019||121||400|
|August 28, 2019||294||400|
|September 11, 2019||339||302|
|September 18, 2019||139||350|
|September 25, 2019||374||400|
|October 9, 2019||115||350|
|October 24, 2019||372||300|
|October 30, 2019||29||350|
|November 6, 2019||148||400|
|December 5, 2019||132||400|
|January 9, 2020||150||350|
|January 22, 2020||201||350|
|January 29, 2020||150||300|
|February 20, 2020||150||300|
|March 4, 2020||100||300|
|March 18, 2020||136||300|
|April 1, 2020||120||381|
|April 14, 2020||200||353|
|April 29, 2020||200||322|
|May 13, 2020||191||300|
|June 17, 2020||187||303|
|January 8, 2021||50||406|
If you need more information, please use the Opportunity Alberta Feedback form.