Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream

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On 1st March 2024, new Tourism and Hospitality Stream was launched by the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). AAIP is one of the Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada. Tourism and Hospitality Stream invites temporary foreign workers with a valid or full-time job offer from the Alberta employer.

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Eligibility Requirements 

To apply for provincial nomination through the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality stream, you must fulfill all the eligibility requirements mentioned below.

FactorsEligibility Criteria for Tourism and Hospitality Stream
Job OfferAll applicants must have a valid job offer in an eligible occupation from the same Alberta employer, you have been working for the last 6 months. The job offer must:
– Signed by both you and the employer from Alberta.
– Should be continuous, paid, and full-time (at least 30 hours per week)
– Offer employment for at least 12 months
– Must pay minimum wage
Current EmploymentThe applicant will have to fulfill these requirements while submitting the application and at the time AAIP processing it.
Must be working or living in Alberta in an eligible occupation for the approved Tourism and Hospitality employer.
Must have a valid work permit for an eligible occupation, based on a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Work Experiencea. You must work full-time for at least 30 hours per week with an approved Tourism and Hospitality employer.
b. The employment must be under one of the eligible occupations for a minimum of 6 consecutive months or 780 hours.
The work experience:
1. Must be full-time and paid
2. Must be in an eligible occupation
3. Must be authorized by IRCC with valid temporary status (if work experience gained in Alberta/Canada)
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)Applicants must have to Upload all their LMIAs from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
Language Proficiencya. To showcase your English language skills, you must have at least CLB 4.
b. To showcase your French language skills, you must have at least CLB/NCLC 4.

Note: You can take IELTS, CELPIP, or PTE for English proficiency and TCF or TEF for French proficiency (language test results should not be older than 2 years).
Education Applicants must have completed their high school education, equivalent to the Canadian standard.
If your education is outside Canada, you must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) issued by designated organizations by IRCC

Note: Ineligible Candidates even after having a job offer:

  • Part-time, casual, or seasonal employees, regardless of their weekly working hours, cannot apply or be nominated.
  • Independent contractors, business owners, or temporary agency workers, including directors, shareholders, or agents of the Alberta employer listed in the Corporate Registry System (CORES), are ineligible.
  • Employees working in Alberta in non-commercial or non-industrial zones, such as home-based businesses, cannot apply for Tourism and Hospitality Stream.
  • Employees not physically present in Alberta, such as those working in virtual locations or telecommuting from outside Alberta, are not eligible.

Eligible Jobs for Tourism and Hospitality Stream

If your work experience or job offer is in one of the categories listed below, you can apply for the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream.

NOC CodesOccupations
TEER 0
60030Restaurant and food services managers
60031Accommodation service managers
TEER 2
62020Food service supervisors
62200Chefs
TEER 3
63200Cooks
TEER 4
64300Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses
64301Bartenders
64314Hotel front desk clerks
64320Tour and travel guides
64322Outdoor sport and recreational guides
54100Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
TEER 5
65200Food and beverage servers
65201Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, and related support occupations
65320Dry cleaning, laundry, and related occupations
65312Janitors, caretakers, and heavy-duty cleaners
65210Support occupations in accommodation, travel, and facilities set-up services
65310Light duty cleaners
65311Specialized cleaners

Eligible Alberta Employer

As per the guidelines of the Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB), your Alberta employer must primarily engage in business activities associated with one of the eligible industries. When you are submitting your application, you will need to show that your employer has valid WCB coverage. 

If your employer is exempt from the coverage requirement, you must do so through a WCB clearance letter.

The list of eligible industries is given below:

WCB Industry CodeEligible WCB industries
80701Museums/Art Galleries
85300Bowling Alleys/Billiard Parlours
85916Casinos/Dance Halls
85904Ski Resorts/Gondolas
80703Zoos/Game Farms
85900Golf Clubs/Ranges
87508Private Clubs
85925Travel Agency/Motor Association
87501Restaurants/Catering
87503Hotels/Convention Centres
87600Sports and Recreation
89702Property Management/Hostels
85919Arenas/Stadiums
MultipleOperation of a Curling Rink
MultipleOperation of an Ice Skating Rink
MultipleOperation of a Convention Bureau
MultipleOperation of an Information Bureau
MultipleOperation of a Cricket Field
MultiplePromotions, sports, and entertainment
MultipleProfessional sports

Your Alberta employer must be a member of one of the following eligible sector associations when you submit your application. If the employer is not eligible to become a member or does not wish to become a member for any reason, they must be included as an Experience Provider on the Travel Alberta website.

The list of eligible sector associations is given below:

Eligible SectorEligible Sector Association
AccommodationsAlberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA)
AccommodationsAlberta Bed and Breakfast Association (ABBA)
Indigenous TourismIndigenous Tourism Alberta
Recreation and EntertainmentCanadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO)
Food and BeverageRestaurants Canada
Indigenous TourismIndigenous Tourism Alberta
Recreation and EntertainmentCanadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO)
Recreation and EntertainmentCanada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA)
Recreation and EntertainmentAssociation of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)
Recreation and EntertainmentAlberta Golf Association
Meetings, Conventions, and Incentive TourismConvention Centres Canada (CCC)
Tourism and HospitalityTourism Industry Association of Alberta (TIAA)
Tourism and HospitalityAlberta Hospitality Association
Tourism and HospitalityTourism HR Canada
Tourism and HospitalityIndigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)

Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream:

The Application Process

1. Check your eligibility requirements

Before applying for the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality stream, read all the terms and conditions carefully or check your eligibility criteria mentioned in the section above.

2. Create an account

AAIP accepts Tourism and Hospitality Stream applications only through the online mode. So, create an account on the AAIP portal.

3. Apply for the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream

After creating your account, apply for the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream. Due to the higher volume of this stream, its initial phase has now been completed. As soon as all the applications are reviewed, the second intake phase will start.

Make sure to keep visiting our website, as soon as any new update comes, you will get all the information on our website.

4. Pay the Application Fee

After uploading all the required documents, submit your application or pay the application fee. The application fee is $840 which is non-refundable. The fee will have to be paid within 24 hours of submitting the application.

5. Get a nomination and apply for Canada PR

If your application is accepted by AAIP you will receive the Provincial Nomination package via email.

After becoming a provincial nominee through the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream, you can apply to IRCC for Canada PR within 6 months.

After Application

The second phase starts after you submit your application. This includes:

  • During this phase, your application is reviewed and assessed by IRCC. This process is done by IRCC, so the AAIP cannot provide any information or status updates to your application.
  • To obtain a Canada PR, you will be sent instructions for a medical examination by IRCC. IME results will be valid for one year from the date of examination.
  • If your PR application is approved by IRCC you will get an e-COPR or Confirmation of Permanent Residency, and you will be asked to submit a photo for your card.

Note: If there are any changes to any information on your application such as address, email, phone number, employment changes, new work permit, family status, etc., you will need to contact both AAIP or IRCC.

Documents Checklist 

To apply for the Tourism and Hospitality Stream under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), you will need the following documents:

1. Valid Passport

2. Work permit

3. Language test result 

4. Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) report from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

5. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) (in case of foreign education)

6. Pay Statement (Submit 3 months’ pay statements for verification).

7. Employment reference letter (must be signed by manager or supervisor). This letter also includes your:

  • Job title
  • Salary
  • Main responsibilities for your job role
  • Education, skills, knowledge work experience necessary for the job role
  • Employer contact information and business email address
  • Working hours per week

8. Job offer or Employment Contract by the Alberta employer. The job offer must:

  • Use the company’s official letterhead.
  • Include the contact information of the employer.
  • Show your job duties
  • Include your wage/salary
  • Show the duration of employment
  • Consist working hours
  • Signed by both you and the employer from Alberta.

Note: All documents should be either in English or in French. If these documents are not in any of the two languages ​​then get them translated by a certified translator or upload all the translated documents along with copies of the original documents.

Processing Time and Fee

The processing time for the AAIP Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream is more or less than 1 month, although this time may be affected if your application requires some additional information. The Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream application processing fee is CAD 840.

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Khusboo Kumari

Khusboo Kumari

She is a content specialist at TCWW. She has expertise in content writing on various topics including immigration, education and travel.

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