Alberta Opportunity Stream: Proposed Criteria Changes (2019-2021)

Last updated: 16 October 2020

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will be introducing changes to its Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) between 2019 and 2021. The following table provides a summary of these upcoming changes:

Alberta Opportunity Stream criteriaEffective April 1, 2019Effective January 1,2020Effective January 1, 2021
Residency/Work permit status requirementsNo changeNo changeNo change
Occupation requirementsNo changeNo changeNo change
Language proficiency requirementsCLB/NCLC 4CLB/NCLC 5 (for NOC 0, A and B occupations)No change
Education requirements (for all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders)Minimum High School in applicant's country of OriginMinimum High School in applicant's country of OriginMinimum High School equivalent to Alberta standard
Education requirements (for Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders only)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas.

If a potential applicant is admitted and enrolled in an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, he or she must have a post-graduate certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas.

If a potential applicant is admitted and enrolled in an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, he or she must have a post-graduate certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas.

If a potential applicant is admitted and enrolled in an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, he or she must have post-graduate-certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Work experience requirements  (all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders)No changeNo changeNo change
Work experience requirements  (Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders only)Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada.Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada.Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada.