Slide Option 1

Opportunity Lives Here

This stream is for foreign nationals who have skills that are in demand in Alberta. Unlike most streams, applicants do not need a job offer to apply under this stream.

There are two categories that applicants can apply for under this stream:

  1. Engineering Occupations Category
  2. Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

Engineering Occupations Category

Applicants under this category must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must intend to and be able to live permanently in the province of Alberta;
  • Applicants must have the necessary education, training and experience as an engineer, designer or drafter;
  • Applicants must be currently working for an Alberta employer or have worked for an Alberta employer sometime within the last two years (either directly or on contract);
  • The applicant’s occupation in Alberta must be listed on the AINP’s Engineering Occupations List;
  • Applicant must provide a “Letter of No Objection” from the Associate of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), if the applicant has engineering credentials and he or she is working in an occupation under NOC 0211, 2131, 2132, 2133, 2134, 2141, 2143, 2144, or 2145;
  • A letter of objection is not necessary if the applicants can show that they are registered with APEGA as a foreign licensee or if they working in an occupation under NOC 2231, 2232, 2241 or 2253.


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

Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

This category is for all supervisors, foremen, and tradespeople working in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta.

The requirements for this category are as follows:

  • The applicant must be intend to live and work permanently in Alberta;
  • The applicant must have an occupation that is listed as a compulsory trade or optional trade in Alberta;
  • The applicant must have an Alberta Qualification Certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade; or a recognized Trade Certificate in a compulsory or optional trade issued by a recognized regulatory authority in Canada;
  • Applicants must reside in Alberta at the time of their application and demonstrate that they have a valid work permit to work in Alberta in the trade in which he or she is certified;
  • Applicant must demonstrate that they are either currently working in their trade in Alberta, or have previously worked in their trade with an Alberta employer for a duration of at least six months within the past two years;
  • *Invitation Letters are no longer required as of May 1, 2012.

Compulsory Trades

1. Appliance Service Technician
  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Commercial Appliance Service Tech.
2. Auto Body Technician
  • Auto Body Technician
  • Auto Body Prepper
  • Auto Body Repairer
  • Auto Body Refinisher
3. Automotive Service Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
4. Boilermaker
  • Boilermaker
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
  • CHEO-Wellhead Boom Truck
6. Electrician
  • Electrician
7. Elevator Constructor
  • Elevator Constructor
8. Gasfitter
  • Gasfitter (A)
  • Gasfitter (B)
9. Hairstylist
  • Hairstylist
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
11. Ironworker
  • Ironworker
  • Ironworker-Metal Building Systems Erector
  • Ironworker-Structural/Ornamental
  • Ironworker-Reinforcing
12. Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
13. Plumber
  • Plumber
14. Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
  • Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
15. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
16. Rig Technician
  • Rig Technician 1
  • Rig Technician 2
  • Rig Technician 3
17. Sheet Metal Worker
  • Sheet Metal Worker
18. Steamfitter-Pipefitter
  • Steamfitter-Pipefitter
19. Welder
  • Welder
  • Welder-Wire Process Operator

Optional Trades

Optional Certification Trades
1. Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
2. Baker
  • Baker
3. Bricklayer
  • Bricklayer
4. Cabinetmaker
  • Cabinetmaker
5. Carpenter
  • Carpenter
6. Communication Technician
  • Communication Technician
7. Concrete Finisher
  • Concrete Finisher
8. Cook
  • Cook
9. Electronic Motor Systems Technician
  • Electronic Motor Systems Technician
10. Floorcovering Installer
  • Floorcovering Installer
11. Glazier
  • Glazier
  • Auto Glass Technician
12. Instrument Technician
  • Instrument Technician
13. Insulator
  • Insulator
14. Landscape Gardener
  • Landscape Gardener
15. Lather-Interior Systems Mechanic
  • Lather-Interior Systems Mechanic
16. Locksmith
  • Locksmith
17. Machinist
  • Machinist
18. Millwright
  • Millwright
19. Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
  • OPET-Marine Equipment
  • OPET-Recreational Equipment
  • OPET-Turf Equipment
20. Painter and Decorator
  • Painter and Decorator
21. Parts Technician
  • Parts Technician
22. Parts Technician-Materials Technician
  • Parts Technician-Materials Technician
23. Powerline Technician
  • Powerline Technician
24. Power Systems Electrician
  • Power Systems Electrician
25. Roofer
  • Roofer
26. Sawfiler
  • Sawfiler
  • Sawfiler-Circular Sawfiler
27. Sprinkler System Installer
  • Sprinkler System Installer
28. Structural Steel and Plate Fitter
  • Structural Steel and Plate Fitter
29. Tilesetter
  • Tilesetter
30. Tool and Die Maker
  • Tool and Die Maker
31. Transport Refrigeration Technician
  • Transport Refrigeration Technician
32. Water Well Driller
  • Water Well Driller