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New Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)

posted Feb 25, 2018, 4:39 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 25, 2018, 4:42 PM ]
December 15, 2017
The planned changes, including the January start date, will be postponed in order for government to continue conversations with affected stakeholders. However, the goal remains the same – to better position foreign workers in Alberta for long-term success under standards that will meet the federal government’s requirements. Further updates will be announced in the new year. Prospective applicants can continue to apply under the existing streams into the New Year.


October 28, 2017 The new Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) will take effect January 2, 2018 and will replace the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream. Until the new stream takes effect, the AINP will continue to accept applications for both of these existing streams.

October 20, 2017 - Information on the new Alberta Opportunity Stream *Update*
*Update* The planned changes, including the January start date, will be postponed in order for government to continue conversations with affected stakeholders. However, the goal remains the same – to better position foreign workers in Alberta for long-term success under standards that will meet the federal government’s requirements. Further updates will be announced in the new year. Prospective applicants can continue to apply under the existing streams into the New Year.

Effective January 2, 2018, the AINP will be making changes to its streams. The AINP will reduce the number of streams available. These changes will simplify application processes, reduce wait times, and make it more fair for applicants across all sectors and industries in Alberta. The AINP will also be more responsive to emerging labour market needs while supporting the goal of building a skilled, permanent workforce and a more diversified economy.

As of January 2, 2018, the AINP will accept applications under two streams: the new Alberta Opportunity Stream and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. The Alberta Opportunity Stream will replace the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream. Complete applications for the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream postmarked on or before January 1, 2018, will be accepted for processing and those already in queue for processing will be assessed under the eligibility criteria that was in place at the time the application was received.

The AINP will also have an Alberta Express Entry stream operational in January 2018. This will allow Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified applicants from the Government of Canada’s Express Entry system.

In January 2018, the AINP website will be updated with further details and application forms for the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

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