Alberta Opportunity Stream

What is Alberta Opportunity Stream?

Alberta Opportunity Stream was launched by Alberta to help candidates already working in Canada on a valid status to immigrate to Canada. It was launched in June 2018. 


What are the eligibility requirements for Alberta Opportunity Stream?

Following are the requirements for a candidate to be eligible for AOS: 

Residency and work permit requirements

(a)  Residency and work permit requirement:

  • To be eligible for applying under Alberta Opportunity stream, it is essential for the applicant to have a valid work permit status in Canada at the time of submitting his application i.e. an applicant cannot be out of status for any reasons while applying under this stream.
  • The above essentially means that at the time an application is mailed to AINP, the applicant shall have a valid work permit for the occupation in Alberta. Here, implied status, automatic extension of status, or restoration status is not valid.

(b) Ineligible applicants: 

  • Following applicants are ineligible to apply under AOS:
  1. Refugee Claimants.
  2. Temporary residents not living or working in Alberta.
  3. Foreign nationals who are living and working in Canada, but, who do not have a  valid temporary resident status.
  • Also, following applicants are ineligible for AOS:
NOC Code (2016)NOC Skill LevelOccupation
04220School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
04230Managers in social, community and correctional services
04320Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0651*0Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
4031ASecondary school teachers
4032AElementary school and kindergarten teachers
4154AProfessional occupations in religion
5121AAuthors and writers
5133AMusicians and singers
5135AActors and comedians
5136APainters, sculptors and other visual artists
1227BCourt officers and justices of the peace
3223*BDental laboratory assistants/bench workers
4214*BEarly childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)

Other instructors

4217BOther religious occupations
5232BOther performers, not elsewhere classified
5244BArtisans and craftspersons
6232BReal estate agents and salespersons
4411CHome child care providers
4412CHome support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
4413CElementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6533CCasino occupations
6564COther personal service occupations
7513CTaxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
8442CTrappers and hunters
6623DOther sales related occupations
6722DOperators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
6742DOther service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
8611DHarvesting labourers
8612DLandscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613DAquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614DMine labourers

*One must refer only to ineligible ‘Occupation’ column for list of occupations which are ineligible for each NOC Code listed

(c) For Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders

  • PGWP profession must be related to field of study to apply under AOS.
  • Also, PGWP applicants who submitted their application before November 1, 2020, will not be eligible for AOS, if they were working in Federal Government refusal to process list. This list contains occupations that are not eligible to apply for Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) in Alberta.
  • PGWP holder who submitted an application on or after November 1, 2020are eligible to apply even if they are working in an occupation for which the Government of Canada refuses to process an LMIA.


(d) Language Requirements

  • If the applicant has submitted application to AINP on or after January 1, 2020, following language requirements are required to be met:
National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill LevelCanadian Benchmark (CLB) test score requiredNiveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required

If you are working in a NOC 0, A or B occupation

Minimum of 5 for each English language skill

Minimum of 5 for each French language skill

If you are working in a NOC C or D occupation

Minimum of 4 for each English language skill

Minimum of 4 for each French language skill

  • It must be noticed by applicants that their language test results shall not be older than 2 years.


(e) Education

  • At time of application, an applicant must have completed a minimum of high school education in your country of origin.
  • But, starting January 1, 2021, an applicant for the above stream is required to have completed a minimum of high school equivalent to Alberta standards.

(f) Eligible work experience

  • minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in one’s current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, or
  • minimum 24 months full-time work experience in current occupation in Canada or abroad within the last 30 months or both. This essentially means that this work experience can be combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) or abroad.
  • For Post-Graduation Work Permit holders, a minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months.  
  • 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. The above work experience shall be full-time, for a minimum of 30 hours a week, must be for the same occupation as your current occupation, must be authorised by IRCC, must be valid, and, shall not be gained while studying or co-op work placements, unless:
  1. Applicant is a PGWP holder, who has paid co-op work term as a part of his program of study at an approved Alberta post-secondary institution, which was paid and full time for minimum 30 hours a week, was in same occupation as current occupation, and was gained in Alberta.
  2. Also, all PGWP holders must have licensing, registration or certification to work in their current occupation in Alberta at time of application, if working under compulsory trade in Alberta, must have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) recognized trade certificate, and, if working as a childcare worker, they must have valid certification as a child development worker (formerly Level 2) or child development supervisor (formerly Level 3).
  • Also, the minimum requirement for a Candidate to be eligible for Federal Express entry is at least a score of 67 points out of 100 on Federal skill assessment grid.

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AOS Planned changes in 2021

Following changes have been planned in 2021 to AOS stream:


AOS Selection requirements (Applies to all candidates unless otherwise noted)Effective April 1, 2019Effective January 1, 2020Effective January 1, 2021

Residency Status/Work Permit

No change

No change

No change


No change

No change

No change


Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4

CLB/NCLC 5 for candidates working in NOC 0, A or B occupation. No change for NOC C or D occupations

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

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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