The federal government recently made changes to Canadian immigration standards that required the government of Alberta to review the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to ensure the program was up to date and following these new standards.

After consultations with various stakeholders the government heard that the old AINP was too complicated and slow to meet the needs of fair access to opportunities for workers in Alberta to become permanent residents.

Changes were implemented on June 14th simplifying the application process, opening up the program to virtually all skills and professions in Alberta with more flexibility for trade skills, and ensuring that workers with professional, personal, and community ties to Alberta are first in line to become permanent residents with a pathway to citizenship.

As part of these changes, AINP now has a new stream, the Alberta Opportunity Stream that replaces the Employer-Driven and Strategic Recruitment Streams for people looking to become permanent residents of Alberta.  AINP now also has an Alberta Express Entry Stream to enable the selection and nomination of individuals from the federal Express Entry pool.  No changes have been made to the Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

Information on the program changes are available at www.AlbertaCanada.com/AINP.

Frequently Asked Questions about changes to AINP are available at http://www.albertacanada.com/files/albertacanada/AINP-faqs.pdf

Public information sessions are being planned across Alberta in person and remotely for the coming months to help people learn more about AINP changes. Visit www.AlbertaCanada.com/AINP for more information.