Last Updated on October 31, 2012 by Steven Meurrens

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program has announced that it will be expanding its initiative for low-skilled and entry-level workers to apply for permanent residency.  They have sent out an e-mail stating that:

To Alberta Immigration Representatives

I am with the Government of Alberta, Workforce Strategies Division and I wanted to inform you of changes to the AINP program that are time limited.

We are pleased to let you know that the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has capacity to accept more nominations from employers.  We have very short processing times and will be accepting applications for all categories.     If you have temporary foreign workers currently working for you, the AINP may help them become permanent residents.

The AINP is an immigration program offered by the Government of Alberta in partnership with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.    More information can be found at:

The AINP has temporarily expanded the opportunities for Alberta employers to nominate their foreign workers in select semi-skilled occupations.

This is a one-time initiative and applications must be postmarked or delivered in person on or before December 6, 2012.   

For more information, please visit the AINP website. Information on this one-time Initiative will be posted within the next week.

Hotel and Lodging

This is a one-time 2012 additional allocation initiative available for the Hotel and Lodging Industry.  There will temporarily be no limit on the number of allocations permitted, per property and the AINP will accept up to 600 applications under this initiative.  For more information, please visit the AINP website. 

Trucking — Heavy Haul Initiative


This is a one-time 2012 Heavy Haul Initiative available for the Semi-skilled Trucking Industry.  The AINP is temporarily expanding its existing trucking industry category to include both select heavy haul drivers and long haul truck drivers.  Eligible candidates must have an Alberta class 1 driver’s license, operate a tractor trailer unit with a minimum of 5 axles and deliver services, goods and or equipment to one of the following industries: oil and gas, petroleum, oil field, agriculture, forestry and food and beverage.  AINP will accept up to 600 applications under this Initiative.