Alberta Advantage Immigration Programs

Immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker, international student or entrepreneur through AAIP (formerly known as AINP) Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.

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The Alberta Advatage Immigration Program (AAIP), is formerly known as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). It is based on opportunities to help boost the province’s economic growth by attracting work-ready individuals to the region. It is a top destination for immigration and offers a more affordable standard of living than some provinces. Plus, with Calgary consistently in the top 10 of best places to live, it’s a lifestyle that’s easy to adapt to.

Types of AAIP Streams

For Skilled Workers

AAIP Streams for Foreign Skilled Workers

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program has three streams for foreign workers who are either living and working inside Alberta, or planning to live and work there:

1. AAIP Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Stream is an pathway to Canadian permanent residence for the foreign nationals who are working in the province and the international graduates of an approved Alberta post-secondary school. The Alberta Opportunity Stream criteria may apply when you submit your application, when the AAIP evaluates your application, or both. To ensure that you meet the qualifying requirements, carefully read the basic eligibility requirements.

  • Residency: You must have a valid temporary residence status in Canada.
  • Work Permit: You must have a valid temporary work permit. It can be a LMIA-based work permit, LMIA-exempt work permit, PGWP or an Open work permit.
  • Job Offer: All applicants, including PGWP holders, must have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer to work in their present vocation in Alberta at the time their application is submitted and assessed by the AAIP.
  • Eligible Occupations: NOC skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AAIP.
  • Language Proficiency: If your job offer is of NOC 0, A or B occupation then minimum 5 level in each language skill in CLB test (English) or NCLC test (French) is required. For NOC C or D occupation it must be 4 level in each language skill. NOC code 3413 require minimum score of CLB of 7 in each language skill.
  • Education: Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for your highest level of education is required. ECA is not required if you have a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate, or you have a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or a trade certificate.
  • Additional requirements for PGWP holders: Your degree/diploma/certificate must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution.
  • Work experience (within the last 18 months: You must possess a minimum of 12 months of work experience in your current occupation in Alberta. Also, 24 months of work experience (in Alberta plus in Canada or outside Canada) is required. PGWP holders require only 6-months of work experience in a full time job (30 hours a week).

2. AAIP - Alberta Express Entry Stream

The Alberta Express Entry Stream is for those who are in the pool of Canada’s Express Entry system including foreign skilled workers and international students. In this stream, the province of Alberta nominates qualified candidates from the national pool to submit an Invitation to Apply. These individuals are those with strong ties to Alberta and can help support the economic development of the province.

  • Express Entry Profile: You must have an active Express Entry Profile.
  • Occupation: Current occupation in your federal Express Entry profile should be an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification.
  • Minimum CRS Score: you have to score a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System of 300.
  • Intention to live in Alberta: you must have an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta.

Additional Positive Factors:

  • a full-time job offer from a Canadian employer
  • a degree/diploma/certification from a Canadian institution
  • parents/siblings/relatives living in Alberta
  • French as your first language

3. AAIP Rural Renewal Stream

The AAIP Rural Renewal Stream helps to recruit and retain immigrants to rural Alberta. It helps rural communities to attract and retain foreign nationals who want to live, work, and settle in their communities. Individuals applying for the Rural Renewal Stream needs to fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • Intention to live in Rural Communities: You must intend to live and work in your designated community in Alberta.
  • Community endorsement: You must obtain a valid Endorsement of Candidate Letter from your designated rural community’s Economic Development Organization (EDO).
  • Job Offer: You must possess a full-time job offer or employment contract in a qualifying occupation in your specified community from an Alberta firm.
  • Occupation requirements: Occupations under NOC skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AAIP.
  • Work Experience: 12 months full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the last 18 months at the time your application is filed.
  • Language requirements: CLB 5 or NCLC 5 If your job offer is for NOC 0, A or B. If your job offer is for NOC C or D occupation, then minimum CLB4 or NCLC 4.
  • Education: a degree, diploma or certificate. ECA is required if it is not obtained from Canadian Institution.

For Entrepreneurs

British Columbia currently offers the following BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration programs:

EI – Base Category

  • Minimum Net Worth: $600,000 CAD
  • Minimum Investment: $200,000 CAD
  • Ownership: 33.3% or greater
  • Experience: Min. 3 years in a business ownership role. Alternatively, min. 4 years of experience in a senior management role.
  • Language Proficiency: Min. CLB 4 (English or French)

EI - Regional Pilot

  • Minimum Net Worth: $300,000 CAD.
  • Minimum Investment: $100,000 CAD.
  • Ownership: 51% or greater.
  • Experience: Min. 3 years in a business ownership role. Alternatively, min. 4 years of experience in a senior management role.
  • Language Proficiency: Min. CLB 4 (English or French)

EI - Strategic Projects

  • Equity Investment: $500,000 CAD.
  • Excellent Financial Standing
  • A solid foundation to start and operate in British Columbia.
  • Job Creation: At least 3 or more.

Accelerated Tech Pathway

Quebec offers the following business immigration programs:

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

  • Minimum Net Worth: $200,000 CAD
  • Minimum Investment: $1,200,000 CAD
  • Ownership: 51% or greater
  • Experience: Minimum 2 years in a business management role.
  • PR/Work permit: PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)

Quebec Entrepreneur Program

  • Minimum Net Worth: $900,000 CAD
  • Minimum Investment: Holding 25% of the equity in a business the applicant creates or 51% of the equity in a business they acquire.
  • Start-up Deposit: $300,000 CAD if the business is in Montreal’s metropolitan area. $200,000 CAD if the business is outside Montreal’s metropolitan area.
  • Managerial Role: Mandatory
  • Business Plan: Mandatory
  • PR/Work permit: The PR option becomes available once a Quebec Selection of Certificate (CSQ) is acquired.

Quebec Immigrant Self-Employed Program

  • Minimum Net Worth: $100,000 CAD
  • Start-up Deposit: $300,000 CAD if the business is in Montreal’s metropolitan area. $25,000 CAD if the business is outside Montreal’s metro area.
  • Experience: 2 years of self-employed experience
  • Business Plan: Mandatory
  • PR/Work permit: The PR option becomes available once a Quebec Selection of Certificate (CSQ) is acquired.

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ELAAR's Process for Canadian Business Immigration

ELAAR can assist prospective business owners and entrepreneurs with the Canada Business Immigration process in the following ways:

  • Choosing a Business Idea
  • Pathway Selection
  • Immigration Process
  • Business Setup
  • Applying for PR
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1. Choosing a Business Idea

Choosing the right business idea is vital for the success of any Canada Business Immigration application. It is the most important step and is the foundation of successful business immigration. At ELAAR, we make the business idea selection process easier by using the following steps:

  • Information Gathering: We start by gathering information related to each applicant’s financial background, interests, and other relevant areas to their chosen immigration program’s requirements.
  • Process 15 to 20 Ideas: Our experts then propose 15 to 20 business ideas based on the information gathered during step 1.
  • Brainstorm Session: Next, our experts analyze different aspects of the applicant’s background as well as their chosen program. This includes:
    • Investment amounts
    • Areas of interest
    • Industries and Sectors
    • Economic Indicators
    • Business Eligibility Requirements
  • Narrow ideas down to a Top 5: Our experts conduct thorough market research and narrow the ideas above down to the top 5.
  • Determine the Top 2: We then critically evaluate each of these ideas and select the two best ones with the highest chance of success.
  • Business Idea Selection Report: Our experts compile their research and findings in a report that contains the top 2 recommendations. Clients can review the data to understand how we narrowed down the list of choices and produced our findings.
  • Make Your Decision: The last step is for clients to decide which business idea they would like to pursue. This step is vital, as the client will be responsible for setting up and operating their future business in Canada. Our suggestions consider their background and interests, but the final decision will always be up to the client.

2. Immigration Pathway Selection

Numerous Canada Business Immigration programs are open to prospective business owners and entrepreneurs. You may already have a great business idea in mind, but you may have trouble choosing the program that offers the easiest pathway for your unique background and investment amount.

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Starting the Canadian Business Immigration process can be daunting to do independently. At Elaar Immigration, we ensure each of our clients is up to speed with the requirements for their chosen program. We also offer assistance with gathering the necessary documentation and creating business plans.

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Our immigration experts can also help you set up your business in Canada. They can utilize their business expertise to ensure your business is up and running in compliance with local laws.

5. Assistance With Applying for PR

Once you have set up or acquired a qualifying business in Canada, our experts can help you apply for permanent residence. We can assist you with your application and ensure you comply with the requirements.

6. Apply for the Canadian citizen

After you have resided in Canada as a permanent resident for many years, our immigration consultants can assist you with becoming a Canadian citizen. We understand the ins and outs of the citizenship process and can help you check if you meet the requirements for citizenship before guiding you through the process.

FAQs: Express Entry Canada

Which business sectors are preferred by IRCC?

IRCC prefers businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • Belong to key economic industries such as agriculture, mining, energy, cybersecurity, farming, and financial services.
  • Include significant benefit activities such as developing novel products and services, increasing Canada’s exports, and value-added businesses.
  • Offer a significant investment exceeding $250,000 CAD, create jobs for at least two Canadians, and generate enough revenue to pay employee wages.

Can you get direct Canadian citizenship by investment?

Canada does not currently offer any routes for Canadian citizenship by investment. However, business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors can eventually become Canadian citizens by first investing in Canadian businesses and obtaining permanent resident status.

Which businesses are not preferred for Canada Business Immigration?

Some of the businesses that the IRCC generally dislikes include:

  • Automated car wash businesses
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Hobby farms
  • DVD rental stores
  • Coin-operated laundromats
  • Real estate development businesses
  • Scrap metal recycling

Can I buy a business in Canada and get PR?

You can obtain permanent resident status after buying a business in Canada. This requires candidates to first come to Canada on a temporary work visa and identify a business to purchase. They must then complete a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and submit a suitable business plan.

Once they receive an LMIA, the candidate can apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry or one of the Provincial Nominee Programs.

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