Increased AINP Intake in 2018; New Streams Coming Soon
Alberta Announces Increased AINP Intake for 2018
Alberta has announced an increase in its Provincial Nominee Program allotment for 2018, up to 5,600 nominations. Alberta is receiving a slightly higher allotment in 2018 as a result of the federal government’s multi-year immigration plan announced in November of 2017. The federal plan includes an increased Provincial Nominee Program target of 55,000 for 2018, up eight per cent over 2017’s target of 51,000.
New streams coming in 2018
The AINP is currently divided into three immigration streams, the Strategic Recruitment Stream, Employer-Driven Stream and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. In 2018, the Strategic Recruitment Stream and the Employer-Driven Stream and their sub-categories are due to be merged into one stream, called the Alberta Opportunity Stream. This change was originally expected to come into effect on Jan 2, but has been postponed while details of the program continue to be ironed out. The current streams shall continue to be in effect until the opening of the Alberta Opportunity Stream is announced.
Alberta is also expected to introduce a second stream aligned with the federal Express Entry pool in 2018, but the criteria for this stream have yet to be made public. The Alberta Express Entry Stream will allow the AINP to nominate a limited number of candidates in Express Entry pool, which includes candidates from the federal government’s three economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
According to the AINP, the following National Occupational Classification codes make up more than half of applications for provincial nomination certificates.
6311 – Food Service Supervisors
6211 – Retail Sales Supervisors
7511 – Transport Truck Drivers
6315 – Cleaning Supervisors
7284 – Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers