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Canada’s Alberta Employer-Driven Stream is composed of three distinct categories with eligibility requirements for both the employer and the applicant. These skilled worker categories comprise:

  • Skilled Worker Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • Semi-Skilled Worker Category


Minimum Criteria For Employers. In order to be eligible under the Alberta Skilled Worker Category, employers must:

  • Be incorporated or registered in Canada and operating in Alberta;
  • Offer a job that is in an occupation classified as skill level NOC 0, A, or B;
  • Provide a job offer to the candidate that meets Alberta’s employment and wage standards;
  • Provide a job offer to the candidate that does not conflict with existing collective bargaining agreements. The AINP will not approve an application if there is a labour dispute in progress that may involve, directly or indirectly, either the employer or the candidate;
  • Receive a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for the job they are offering to the applicant. Some occupations or candidates may be exempt from the LMIA requirement;
  • If the worker is not currently working in Alberta, must demonstrate that efforts have been made to recruit in Canada before offering job to the applicant; and,
  • Meet additional criteria if the applicant is an Early Childhood Educator or Childcare Staff.


Minimum Criteria For Applicants: In addition, applicants must:

  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Have related training, work experience, and any necessary licensing to perform the job in Alberta;
  • Show valid work permit if already working in Alberta;
  • Show proof of legal status if living abroad; and,
  • Meet additional requirements if they are Early Childhood Educators or Childcare Staff.


Additional Requirements For Early Childhood Educators And Childcare Staff

In addition to the minimum criteria listed above, employers of early childhood educators and childcare staff must:

  • Be accredited with the Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Service; and,
  • Be approved for funding under the Alberta Child Care Accreditation Funding Program.

Early childhood educator and childcare staff applicants must also:

  • Have a valid work permit under the NOC code 4214;
  • Be currently residing in Alberta;
  • Have completed a minimum of high school education;
  • Be a certified Child Development Worker (Level 2) or Child Development Supervisor (Level 3) through the Alberta Human Services Child Care Staff Certification Office; and,
  • Be employed by a pre/accredited daycare program or family day home agency for a minimum of six months.

Preference is given to candidates who have completed a first aid course.


Non-eligible Applicants: Candidates should not apply if they are:

  • Supervisors, foremen and tradespeople, working in a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta (candidates in these occupations may be eligible to apply under the Alberta Strategic Recruitment Stream: Compulsory and Optional Trades category);
  • Clergy, Elementary and Secondary School Teachers, Professional Athletes and Dental Laboratory Bench Workers;
  • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
  • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada;
  • Temporary Foreign Workers working and residing in a province other than Alberta; or,
  • International students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program.
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