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Changes to Alberta’s Immigrant Nominee Program coming in 2018

November 2, 2017

Effective January 2, 2018, the Government of Alberta will make changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program to simplify the application process, reduce wait times, and be more responsive to emerging labour markets.

Based on feedback from stakeholders, the Ministry of Labour will implement the following changes:

  • Reduce the complexity of the program by consolidating the existing eleven application streams down to one stream and implementing a single form for all applications;
  • Eliminate the requirement for employers to submit an application on behalf of a candidate;
  • To improve processing wait times, the province will limit the number of applications by sector and occupation;
  • To support diverse sectors of the economy, the province will now have the ability to implement a cap on the number of nominees by sector and occupation;
  • All nominees will need to meet level 4 in the Canada Language Benchmark test, which will increase to level 5 in 2019; and
  • Create an Alberta Express Entry Stream that allows the province to select nominees from the federal Express Entry pool to help meet Alberta’s specific labour demands.

The large majority of nominees under the program are temporary foreign workers that already live and work in Alberta. The Government of Canada places a limit on the number of nominations that can be approved by the Government of Alberta. In 2017, that limit was set at 5,500 nominees.  

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is a partnership with the Government of Canada to provide a pathway for newcomers to become a permanent resident in Canada.