This page outlines changes and updates made to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.

March 14, 2011

Supervisors, foremen, or tradespersons working in an occupation designated as a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta (including Chefs, Cooks, and Line Cooks) are no longer eligible to apply under the Employer-Driven Stream and must apply under the Strategic Recruitment Stream, Compulsory and Optional Trades Category.

Applications under the AINP Employer-Driven Stream, Skilled Worker Category from supervisors, foremen and tradespeople, working in occupations designated as Compulsory or Optional Trades postmarked after March 14, 2011 will be returned to the Candidate. See the following news release for more information.

February 4, 2011

Effective April 1, 2011, industry-specific criteria for the AINP Employer-Driven Stream, Semi-Skilled Worker Category, in the Hotel and Lodging Industry will change.

Prior to April 1, 2011, applications will be accepted with documentation supporting either the current industry-specific criteria or the new industry-specific criteria. Applications postmarked on or after April 1, 2011, will be assessed on the new industry-specific criteria only. Visit the Semi-Skilled Worker criteria page for more details.

September 1, 2010

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has introduced a bar code to some of our forms to make it easier for those applying to the program. Visit our Application forms page for more information. Please note that application form AINP 002: Employer-Driven Application for a Semi-Skilled Occupation has now been replaced by application AINP 005: Employer-Driven Application for a Semi-Skilled Occupation.

August 23, 2010

The AINP is currently not accepting applications under the AINP U.S. Visa Holder Category and the AINP Family Stream. Applications postmarked after August 23, 2010 will be returned. Applications postmarked on or before August 23, 2010 will be accepted for processing and will be processed according to AINP Processing Times and U.S. Visa Holder Category or Family Stream criteria. See the following News Release for further information.

November 2, 2009

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) made changes to its Employer Compliance Declaration form for Restaurant and Foodservices Industry based on feedback from stakeholders.

What do these changes mean to you as an Alberta Employer in the Restaurant and Foodservices Industry?

  1. If you have not yet submitted an application to the AINP, when you submit your application, you must use the updated Employer Compliance Declaration Form.
  2. If a previous application you submitted was declined on the basis of misrepresentation for not declaring a citation, violation or breach, you may send a new and complete application to the AINP immediately, using the new form, regardless of any statement from the AINP barring you from applying for a period of one year.
  3. If a previous application you submitted is in progress, and no decision has yet been reached by the AINP, you must complete the new form, and send it to the AINP immediately by mail, quoting your file number on a cover sheet and/or the form.
  4. If a previous application you submitted was declined for reasons other than misrepresentation on the former Employer Compliance Declaration form, you are unable to reapply to the AINP for the occupation and/or candidate you had requested.
  5. If a previous application you submitted was approved, you do not have to submit any information to the AINP regarding that particular/specific application, regardless of the form(s) that was used.

The Employer Compliance Declaration form is available for download from our website at: Employers and Candidates must meet all other eligibility criteria in order to apply to the AINP.

If you have questions about the Employer Compliance Declaration form, call the applicable authority indicated on the form or call the Immigrate to Alberta Information Service.

September 14, 2009

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) made changes to the AINP Family Stream. Please visit the Family Stream section of the website for more information. There are new application forms for the Family Stream as well. Visit our FAQ section to explore how these changes affect you.

March 30, 2009

Application Forms

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) updated some of its forms.

Please note that if a third party/representative is being used in the application process, Use of a Representative forms are now separate from the general application forms, and must be attached as needed. When reading and signing the declaration pages, the appropriate individual is referred to the applicable form, only if he or she is using the services of a third party/representative in connection with the application.

Applicants are expected to make every reasonable effort in using the new forms when applying to the AINP, and the AINP reserves the right to require that the most recent versions of the forms be completed upon reviewing a submission.

June 19, 2008

Family Stream

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) introduced a new Family Stream on June 19, 2008.

June 19, 2008

To improve understanding of the program, the Government of Alberta has modified the name of the Provincial Nominee Program. Now called the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), the name is more reflective of our province and the program’s immigration purpose.

April 30, 2008

PNP Semi-Skilled Worker Category – Foodservices Industry (Pilot Project)

The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), in consultation with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), introduced a pilot project to address labour challenges faced by the foodservices industry in Alberta.

April 30, 2008

New PNP guidelines for chefs, cooks (level 1) and line cooks (level 2)

The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), in consultation with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), introduced new guidelines for the occupations of chef, cook and line cook. The new guidelines for these occupations are effective May 1, 2008.

October 29, 2007

PNP Semi-Skilled Worker Category – Food & Beverage Processing Industry

The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in consultation with Alberta Agriculture and Food introduced new English as a Second Language (ESL) requirements for the Food & Beverage Processing Industry.

May 22, 2007

Expanded program will help increase immigration flow

An expanded Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) could help reduce the province’s labour shortage by allowing employer applications for newly graduated international students and workers in the food and beverage processing, hospitality, manufacturing and transportation industries.

Date Updated: Mar 14, 2011