Alberta New Immigration Stream: Tourism and Hospitality Stream

The Tourism and Hospitality Stream is the latest immigration stream launched by Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). Temporary foreign workers already employed full-time in Alberta may be eligible for this stream. These workers should be employed in the tourism and hospitality industry in Alberta. 

Since the number of applications AAIP received under this stream was much higher than expected, the first intake is closed now. Once all the applications are reviewed, the second intake phase will start. Keep visiting our website to get updated about the second intake phase as soon as it opens. 

The eligibility criteria, how to apply for this stream, and what after you are nominated are discussed below.

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Tourism and Hospitality Stream of Alberta: Who can apply

There are eligibility criteria that both employers and candidates need to meet. These criteria could apply at the time of submitting an application and when AAIP processes the application, or both. 

Employer Requirements

The candidate must be currently employed with the same employer with whom they have an Alberta job offer. This employer must be approved as a Tourism and Hospitality sector employer. 

  • Your employer’s primary business activities need to belong to one of the eligible industries, according to the Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB). In case your employer is exempt from needing coverage, you must do that through a WCB clearance letter. 
Eligible WCB industriesWCB industry code
Museums/Art Galleries80701
Zoos/Game Farms80703
Bowling Alleys/Billiard Parlours85300
Golf Clubs/Ranges85900
Ski Resorts/Gondolas85904
Casinos/Dance Halls85916
Arenas/Stadiums85919
Travel Agency/Motor Association85925
Restaurants/Catering87501
Hotels/Convention Centres87503
Sports and Recreation87600
Property Management/Hostels89702
Private Clubs87508
Operation of a Curling RinkMultiple
Operation of an Ice Skating RinkMultiple
Operation of a Cricket FieldMultiple
Operation of a Convention BureauMultiple
Operation of an Information BureauMultiple
Promotions, sports and entertainmentMultiple
Professional sportsMultiple

When you have submitted your application, your employer needs to be a member of an eligible sector association. In case the employer does not qualify to become a member, they must be listed as one of the Experience Providers. 

SectorSector association
AccommodationsAlberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA)
AccommodationsAlberta Bed and Breakfast Association (ABBA)
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)

Eligible Occupations

It is very important that your current employment and job offer needs to be under one of the eligible occupations. 

NOC code (2021)OccupationNOC TEER category
54100Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness4
60030Restaurant and food services managers0
60031Accommodation service managers0
62020Food service supervisors2
62200Chefs2
63200Cooks3
64300Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses4
64301Bartenders4
64314Hotel front desk clerks4
64320Tour and travel guides4
64322Outdoor sport and recreational guides4
65200Food and beverage servers5
65201Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations5
65210Support occupations in accommodation, travel, and facilities set-up services5
65310Light duty cleaners5
65311Specialized cleaners5
65312Janitors, caretakers, and heavy-duty cleaners5
65320Dry cleaning, laundry, and related occupations5

Current Employment

The candidates must meet these requirements both at the time of submitting the application and when AAIP is processing it. 

  • live and work in Alberta under an approved employer in an eligible occupation
  • have a valid work permit which must be based on a positive LMIA

Work Experience

You must have been working full-time for at least 30 hours a week with an approved employer. The employment must be under one of the eligible occupations for at least 6 consecutive months/780 hours at the time of applying under this stream. 

Job Offer

You must have a valid job offer in an eligible occupation and from the same employer you have been working for the past 6 months. The offer must be signed by the approved employer and meet other requirements. 

Language Requirements

The candidate must have at least level 4 of English/French language proficiency. The test results must be less than 2 years old when the application is submitted. The date of the test is counted from the date the candidate took the test. 

You may demonstrate proficiency by providing test results of one of the approved language tests:

Education Requirements

When the application is submitted, the candidate needs to have at least completed their high school education which needs to be equivalent to the Canadian education system. 

Provide an ECA issued by one of the designated organizations by IRCC

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    How to Apply

    Step 1: You must read the terms and conditions before applying 

    Step 2: Meet the eligibility requirements

    Step 3: All applications under the Tourism and Hospitality Stream must be submitted online

    Step 4: Pay CAN$500 for your application 

    Step 5: Wait for a decision from the provincial government of Alberta. Once approved, you will receive a provincial nomination with a package that will let you know how to apply for PR to IRCC. 

    After You Apply

    Once you are nominated, you must apply for permanent residency to IRCC within the next 6 months. 

    This is how you can apply for PR:

    Step 1: Review the provincial nomination package 

    Step 2: Prepare your application for submission

    Step 3: Submit the PR application online

    If your current work permit is set to expire while your PR application is in process, you must apply to get the permit extended. 

    To know more about when Alberta’s Tourism and Hospitality Stream is launching its second intake phase, keep visiting us!

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    Niyati Chaurasia

    Niyati Chaurasia

    Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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