How to Immigrate to Alberta in 2021

Alberta is best known for oil, natural gas and cattle farming. The province actually has the third-largest oil reserve in the world, and for this reason, creating many job opportunities. The province also has the second-highest minimum wage in Canada at $15.00.

Beyond work opportunities, Alberta further offers a healthy lifestyle ensuring you have a good balance between work and play. In the cities, you’ll find biking and hiking trails as well as incredible sports facilities such as the Canada Olympic Plaza in Calgary.

Learn how to immigrate to Alberta in 2021 and enjoy an overall higher standard of living.

Pathways To Move to Alberta


Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an agreement that has been designed for local provinces to nominate eligible economic immigrants who want to work and live in a particular province in Canada. To increase your chances of receiving a nomination for Alberta, you’ll need to ensure that your specific skill is in demand in the province.

Below is a table of occupations that are included in the in-demand list of Alberta.

Occupations In-demand List
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
3112 General practitioners and family physicians
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
9536 Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
7511 Transport truck drivers
7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

The first thing you’ll need is your application to be approved, this will take around four to nine weeks. The second step consists of medical, police and security checks, this process could take anywhere from six to eight months all depending on you as the applicant.

If you are successful in being nominated by Alberta, you’ll need to get a work visa before arriving in Canada which the province will assist you with.

How do I apply for a PNP?

There are two ways to gain Canadian permanent residency through the PNP. They are:

  1. Direct application process; and
  2. Express Entry application process

Direct Application Process

  • Sent directly to the province of Alberta;
  • Submit a paper application via mail or courier; and
  • Get application results between 15 and 19 months.

Express Entry Application Process

Applying through the Express Entry system will give you two options:

  1. Expression of Interest - you express interest in the province of Alberta through your Express Entry profile. The province will nominate you if you have the right skills and experience.
  2. Apply through a Provincial Nominee Express Entry Stream which in this case is the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic program, run by the government and Alberta, that nominates foreign skilled nationals for permanent residency in Canada. Nominees are required to have the skills, qualifications and work experience to fill the job shortages.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from Canada’s Express Entry system. The stream has two steps:

Step 1:

Candidates with an Express Entry profile will receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter from AINP. Only those candidates who receive an NOI letter can contact the AINP to notify that they are interested in applying to the stream.

Step 2:

The AINP will then invite the interested candidates to apply. Candidates will determine if they meet the criteria and submit an application. All complete applications then go into a pool of eligible applications for consideration for processing.

What is Express Entry?


Express Entry is an online immigration system that is designed for foreign skilled workers to become Canadian permanent residents through the three federal programs that are managed under the Express Entry system. The programs are as follows:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Express Entry is open to almost everyone, resulting in it being one of Canada’s largest points of entry. Express Entry is issuing 108,500 invitations to apply (ITA) in 2021. It would also be one of the quickest ways to immigrate to Alberta in 2021, as the processing time can be as short as six months.

How to immigrate to Alberta via the Express Entry system

If you’ve met the requirements of the Express Entry, then only will you create an online profile using the following:

  • Your passport or travel document;
  • Education credential assessment report;
  • Language test results;
  • Certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province or territory (if you have one);
  • Proof of work experience (if you have one); and
  • Provincial Nomination (if you have one).

You’ll be placed in the Express Entry pool along with other eligible candidates, where you’ll receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which will determine your ranking. If you meet or exceed the qualifying CRS score of a particular draw, you’ll receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Getting an ITA gives you the chance to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Good to know:

  • You can stay in the pool if you aren’t successful the first time around. You can improve your CRS score during this time to increase your success rate for the next draw.
  • Draw can happen as frequently as every two weeks; and
  • Everything is online, making it easily accessible to you.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a program that aims to strengthen rural communities by creating opportunities for foreign nationals to immigrate to the participating communities as Canadian permanent residents.

Claresholm in Alberta is a participating community of the RNIP and therefore you can follow the three steps to apply for permanent residents through the RNIP:

Step 1: Meet both IRCC eligibility and community-specific requirements.

  • have qualifying work experience or have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community;
  • meet or exceed the language requirements;
  • meet or exceed the educational requirements;
  • prove you have enough money to support your transition into the community;
  • intend to live in the community; and
  • meet community-specific requirements.

Step 2: Find a job with an eligible employer in Claresholm.

You’ll need a genuine offer that meets the following requirements:

  • It’ll need to be a full-time job with at least 30 paid hours per week. The job also needs to be non-seasonal;
  • The employment is permanent which means there isn’t a set end date;
  • our wages need to meet or exceed the Job Bank’s minimum wage for your job offers NOC; and
  • Your experience needs to prove that you can execute all job duties.

You must submit your job applications using the Claresholm RNIP Employment Portal.

Step 3: Once you have a job offer, submit your application.

The community will review applications and select best-fit candidates.

Living in Alberta


Over 80 percent of Albertans engage in some form of volunteer work, which says quite a bit about the caring province. Alberta also offers a very low cost of living which has drawn many people from around the world. As someone who would be part of the workforce, it’s good to know that commute times are faster than in other larger cities and Alberta is the only province without a sales tax.

With the knowledge of how to immigrate to Alberta in 2021, you too could be enjoying the many benefits the province has to offer.

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