Three streams open in Alberta, “The show must

Kenny Thompson

With the down turn in Alberta’s economy resulting from the low price of oil, many oil companies in the province either suspended on going projects or refused to start new ones. Some folded up and left the province entirely. Reports show that large number of workers were laid – off work and thousands left the province .
Talk to die hard a Albertan and you will get a response such as, we have been here before, we have seen the price of oil go up and down, we have also seen many come and go, but as the saying goes the one added ‘the show must go on’. The government of Alberta appears to be echoing the same phrase, with the re- opening of the Alberta immigrant nominee (AINP) program on the 27th of January, 2016.

The Alberta immigrant nominee (AINP) program has resumed accepting application for new immigrants to the province. The program promises residency to successful candidates who work and settle in Alberta. It targets persons with job offer, or previous job experience from Alberta.There are three streams in the program with various categories. The three streams are;

Employer-Driven Stream: For candidates with a permanent full -time job offer from an employer in Alberta. The job offer is for candidates with skilled occupation, semi-skilled occupation. Candidate who have graduated from academic institution in Canada may apply, as we as persons with NOC skill level O, A, or B occupations.

Strategic Recruitment Stream: Newcomers with skills and training that may benefit Alberta labor market over a long term are welcome to apply under this stream. Professionals such as Engineers are in high demand in Alberta. There is a list of engineering occupations that are eligible for this category.
Candidates with a valid trade certificate in a one of the Compulsory or Optional Trades, whose certificate is issued in Alberta or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), or post-graduates of a Canadian institution who are now working in Canada may apply. provided they have a full time permanent job offer from an Alberta based business or employer.

The AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream: Self-employed farmers who have prior – managerial skills or experience are also welcomed to Alberta. Candidates must be willing to invest a minimum of $500,000 (CND) worth of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta, Candidates are required to submit a proposed business plan.