The Strategic Recruitment Stream is composed of three different categories, each with its own specific set of eligibility criteria.

Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

This category is open to supervisors, foremen and tradespersons who are working in a compulsory or optional trade in the province of Alberta.
NOTE: The government of Alberta does not specify NOC codes on its list of compulsory and optional trades. It uses the government of Canada's classifications. The information below is provided as a guide only.

Compulsory Certification Trades National Occupation Classification (NOC) Code(s)
1. Appliance Service Technician
  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Commercial Appliance Service Tech.
  • 7332
  • 7301
2. Auto Body Technician
  • Auto Body Technician
  • Auto Body Prepper
  • Auto Body Repairer
  • Auto Body Refinisher
  • 7322
  • 7301
3. Automotive Service Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • 7322
  • 7321
  • 7301
4. Boilermaker
  • Boilermaker
  • 7234
  • 7201
5. Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator (CHEO)
  • CHEO-Hydraulic Mobile Crane
  • CHEO-Conventional Mobile Crane
  • CHEO-Mobile Crane
  • CHEO-Tower Crane
  • CHEO-Boom Truck
  • CHEO-Wellhead Boom Truck
  • 7371
  • 7302
6. Electrician
  • Electrician
  • 7243
  • 7241
  • 7242
  • 7333
7. Elevator Constructor
  • Elevator Constructor
  • 7318
  • 7301
8. Gasfitter
  • Gasfitter (A)
  • Gasfitter (B)
  • 7253
  • 7203
9. Hairstylist
  • Hairstylist
  • 6341
10. Heavy Equipment Technician (HET)
  • Heavy Equipment Technician (HET)
  • HET-Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
  • HET-Truck and Transport Mechanic
  • HET-Transport Trailer Mechanic
  • 7302
  • 7312
  • 7521
  • 7301
11. Ironworker
  • Ironworker
  • Ironworker-Metal Building Systems Erector
  • Ironworker-Structural/Ornamental
  • Ironworker-Reinforcing
  • 7236
  • 7201
12. Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • 7334
  • 7301
13. Plumber
  • Plumber
  • 7251
  • 7203
14. Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
  • Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
  • 7384
  • 7321
15. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • 7313
  • 7205
16. Rig Technician
  • Rig Technician 1
  • Rig Technician 2
  • Rig Technician 3
  • 8232
  • 7202
17. Sheet Metal Worker
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • 7233
  • 7201
18. Steamfitter-Pipefitter
  • Steamfitter-Pipefitter
  • 7252
  • 7203
19. Welder
  • Welder
  • Welder-Wire Process Operator
  • 7237
  • 7201

Optional Certification Trades National Occupation Classification (NOC) Code(s)
1. Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • 7301
  • 7312
  • 9226
2. Baker
  • Baker
  • 6332
  • 9213
3. Bricklayer
  • Bricklayer
  • 7281
  • 7205
4. Cabinetmaker
  • Cabinetmaker
  • 7272
  • 7204
5. Carpenter
  • Carpenter
  • 7271
  • 7204
6. Communication Technician
  • Communication Technician
  • 7202
  • 7245
  • 7246
7. Concrete Finisher
  • Concrete Finisher
  • 7282
  • 7205
8. Cook
  • Cook
  • 6322
9. Electronic Motor Systems Technician
  • Electronic Motor Systems Technician
  • 7333
  • 7301
10. Floorcovering Installer
  • Floorcovering Installer
  • 7295
  • 7205
11. Glazier
  • Glazier
  • Auto Glass Technician
  • 7322
  • 7292
  • 7205
12. Instrument Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • 2243
13. Insulator
  • Insulator
  • 7293
  • 7205
14. Landscape Horticulturalist
  • Landscape Horticulturalist
  • 2225
  • 8255
15. Lather-Interior Systems Mechanic
  • Lather-Interior Systems Mechanic
  • 7284
  • 7205
16. Locksmith
  • Locksmith
  • 7384
17. Machinist
  • Machinist
  • 7231
  • 7201
18. Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  • 7235
  • 7201
19. Millwright
  • Millwright
  • 7311
  • 7301
20. Natural Gas Compression Technician
  • Natural Gas Compression Technician
  • 9212
  • 9232
  • 8222
21. Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
  • OPET-Power Equipment
  • OPET-Recreational Equipment
  • 7301
  • 7312
  • 7302
22. Painter and Decorator
  • Painter and Decorator
  • 7294
  • 7205
23. Parts Technician
  • Parts Technician
  • Parts Technician-Materials Technician
  • 1522
  • 1215
24. Powerline Technician
  • Powerline Technician
  • 7244
  • 7202
25. Power Systems Electrician
  • Power Systems Electrician
  • 7243
  • 7202
26. Roofer
  • Roofer
  • 7201
  • 7291
  • 7205
27. Sprinkler System Installer
  • Sprinkler System Installer
  • 7252
  • 7203
28. Tilesetter
  • Tilesetter
  • 7283
  • 7205
29. Transport Refrigeration Technician
  • Transport Refrigeration Technician
  • 7301
  • 7313
  • 7205
30. Water Well Driller
  • Water Well Driller
  • 7373
  • 7302
31. Water Well Driller - Earth Loop Technician
  • Water Well Driller - Earth Loop Technician
  • 7373
  • 7302

Minimum Requirements

Individuals may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Have one of the following:
    • An Alberta Qualification Certificate in a compulsory or optional trade, or
    • An Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Recognized Trade Certificate in a compulsory or optional trade.
  • Be residing in Alberta at the time of application on a valid work permit
  • Show, at time of application, that they are either:
    • Currently working in their trade for an Alberta employer, or
    • Have been working in their trade for an Alberta employer for minimum 6 months in past 3 years.

When not to apply

Candidates should not apply if they are not working in an optional or compulsory trade in Alberta. In addition, individuals in the following circumstances are also ineligible under the Strategic Recruitment Stream:

  • 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; and,
  • International students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program.

Engineering Occupations Category

This category is open to engineers, designers, and drafters in a variety of fields. In order to apply, an individual’s occupation must among the following:

  • NOC 2241 (Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  • NOC 2231 (Civil Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  • NOC 2144 (Geological Engineers)
  • NOC 2141 (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers)
  • NOC 2133 (Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • NOC 2131 (Civil Engineers)
  • NOC 0211 (Engineering Managers)
  • NOC 2132 (Mechanical Engineers)
  • NOC 2134 (Chemical Engineers)
  • NOC 2143 (Mining Engineers)
  • NOC 2145 (Petroleum Engineers)
  • NOC 2232 (Mechanical Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  • NOC 2253 (Drafting Technologists/Technicians)

Minimum Requirements

Individuals may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have evidence of education/training and experience as an engineer, designer or drafter; and
  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Be currently residing in Alberta;
  • Currently be working or have worked in last two years in Alberta for an Alberta employer.

Individuals with credentials who are working in one of the following occupations must provides a 'Letter of No Objection' from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), or show that they are registered with APEGA.

When not to apply

Candidates should not apply if they are not working in an occupation listed on the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations List. In addition, individuals in the following circumstances are also ineligible under the Strategic Recruitment Stream:

  • Temporary Foreign Workers working and residing in a province other than Alberta; and,
  • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
  • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada;
  • International students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program.

 

Post-Graduate Worker Category

Students who graduated from an eligible post-secondary educational institution in Alberta, and who are residing in the province on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, may apply to this program.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Be working full-time in Alberta for an Alberta employer at the time of application;
  • Have obtained a certificate, diploma, or degree, or have completed a graduate level program from an approved institution (see below). The completed program of study in Alberta must be at least one year long; and
  • Hold a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit.

In addition, the applicant must be working in an NOC level 0, A, B, or C occupation. Certain occupations are ineligible. If the applicant is working in a NOC C (semi-skilled) level occupation, he or she must submit language test results showing scores of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 or higher in English or French.

  • University of Calgary
  • The Banff Centre
  • CollegeRed Deer College
  • Northern Lakes College
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Lethbridge College
  • Grande Prairie Regional College
  • Athabasca University
  • Alberta College of Art and Design
  • Bow Valley College
  • Keyano College Lakeland College
  • Grant MacEwan University (MacEwan University)
  • Mount Royal University
  • NorQuest College
  • Olds College Portage
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Polytechnic)
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Lethbridge

  • The King's University (formerly The King's University College)
  • Burman University (formerly Canadian University College)
  • Ambrose University (formerly Ambrose University College)
  • Concordia University of Edmonton (formerly Concordia University College of Alberta)
  • St. Mary's University (formerly St. Mary's University College)

When not to apply

Candidates should not apply if they are working in an occupation on the Post-Graduate Worker Category ineligible occupations list. In addition, individuals in the following circumstances are also ineligible under the Strategic Recruitment Stream:

  • 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; and,
  • International students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program.

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