COVID-19 response

The AINP continues to accept and process applications, with temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes.

Find out how the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is responding to COVID-19.

Nomination certificate limits

The following numbers are accurate as of October 13, 2020.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) set 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.

3,768 nomination certificates have been issued so far in 2020.

There are approximately 1,700 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications and 92 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  • application quality (completeness, eligibility, outdated application information/documents)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 1,700 April 22, 2020

Employer-Driven Stream

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
1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1221 – Administrative officers
0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants

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.

Past Draws

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

Contact

If you need more information, please use the Opportunity Alberta Feedback form.