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Alberta Rural Renewal Stream of AAIP: Unlock Your Alberta Adventure

Updated: Apr 26

Hey there, future Alberta resident! If you've been offered a full-time job in one of Alberta's designated communities and have that coveted Endorsement of Candidate Letter in hand, you're in for an exciting journey.

Unlock Your Alberta Adventure: The Alberta Rural Renewal Stream of AAIP

We will demystify the Alberta Rural Renewal Stream, a program tailored for individuals with job offers from employers in these designated communities. We'll explore how it works, how it can benefit you, and what it takes to qualify.

What is the Alberta Rural Renewal Stream

The Alberta Rural Renewal Stream is a specialized component of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). It's designed to attract talented individuals to designated rural communities in Alberta. This stream is an excellent opportunity to not only build a career but also become an integral part of a tight-knit community. Let's dive into the two-phase process that paves the way for your Alberta dream. 

Phase 1: Job Offer from an Employer and Community Endorsement The community plays an active role in this process, where they scout for newcomers to address labor shortages and furnish a letter of approval for the selected candidate.

List of Designated Communities 

As of September 7, 2023, here are the designated communities:

City of Brooks (including: Town of Bassano, Village of Duchess, County of Newell, Village of Rosemary)

May 13, 2022

July 6, 2022

July 20, 2022

Town of Taber (including: Municipal District of Taber, Town of Vauxhall, Town of Coaldale, Town of Picture Butte, Lethbridge County)

July 20, 2022

Town of Innisfail (including: Town of Olds, Town of Bowden)

September 9, 2022

Municipal District of Smoky River (including: Town of Falher, Village of Donnelly, Village of Girouxville)

September 9, 2022

County of Grande Prairie (including: Town of Sexsmith, Town of Wembley, Town of Beaverlodge)

September 9, 2022

Town of Trochu (including: Village of Acme, Town of Three Hills)

September 9, 2022

September 9, 2022

September 13, 2022

November 8, 2022

County of Barrhead (including: Town of Barrhead)

November 8, 2022

Town of Fairview (including: Village of Hines Creek)

January 13, 2023

City of Medicine Hat (including: County of Forty Mile, Cypress County, Town of Bow Island, Town of Redcliff)

January 13, 2023

February 13, 2023

March 10, 2023

County of St. Paul (including: Town of St Paul, Town of Elk Point, Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay)

March 10, 2023

March 10, 2023

Athabasca County (including: Town of Athabasca, Village of Boyle)

March 10, 2023

Town of Slave Lake (including: Sawridge First Nation, Municipal District of Lesser Slave River)

March 10, 2023

March 29, 2023

March 29, 2023

March 29, 2023

Municipal District of Greenview No.16 (including: The Town of Valleyview)

March 29, 2023

June 14, 2023

June 14, 2023

August 2, 2023

Special Areas 2, 3, 4 (including: Town of Hanna, Town of Oyen, Village of Consort, Village of Empress, Village of Veteran, Village of Youngstown, Municipal District of Acadia No. 34)

August 2, 2023

Phase 2: AAIP Application: The identified candidate then presents their application to the AAIP. With your Endorsement of Candidate Letter secured, it's time to submit your Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) application. This step solidifies your path to Alberta.

Find Out If You Are Eligible for Alberta Rural Renewal Stream

Before you dive in, it's crucial to ensure you meet the program's eligibility criteria. Here's what you need to check: Community Residency Requirement: At the time of application and assessment, you must intend to reside and work in your designated Alberta community. Community Endorsement Requirement: You must possess a valid Endorsement of Candidate Letter from the Economic Development Organization (EDO) of your designated rural community in Alberta. Job Requirements: You must have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer. The job should offer continuous, paid work, comprising a minimum of 30 hours per week, for at least 12 months. Wages and benefits must meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for your occupation in Alberta. Licensing, Registration, and Certification: Ensure you possess the required licensing, registration, or certification for your occupation in Alberta. Occupation: Most occupations under NOC TEER categories 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are eligible under the AAIP. Qualifying Work Experience: Temporary foreign workers should have a minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the last 18 months prior to application. EMPP refugee applicants require 12 months of full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the last 10 years prior to application. Language: Showcase language prowess in English or French as per NOC levels:

  • NOC 0, 1, 2, 3: Achieve a minimum CLB/NCLC score of 5 for each skill.

  • NOC 4, 5: Secure a minimum CLB/NCLC score of 4 for each skill.

Education: You must have completed at least a high school education equivalent to the Canadian standard or possess a foreign degree, diploma, or certificate. Settlement Fund: Temporary foreign workers must meet settlement fund requirements.

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Less than 1,000 Population

10,000 to 30,000 Population

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How Alberta Rural Renewal Stream Can Help You Settle in Alberta

Now that you understand the process let's explore how the Alberta Rural Renewal Stream can be a game-changer for your journey to Alberta: Community Connection: One of the most significant advantages of this stream is the strong connection it fosters between you and your designated community. You're not just moving for a job; you're joining a community that values your contributions. Welcoming Environment: Rural communities in Alberta often have a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You'll find people who are eager to help you integrate into the community. Lower Living Costs: Rural areas typically offer a lower cost of living compared to major cities. This means your earnings can go further, allowing you to save, invest, and enjoy a higher quality of life. Quality of Life: Alberta's rural communities boast breathtaking natural landscapes and recreational opportunities. Whether you're into hiking, fishing, or simply enjoying the great outdoors, Alberta has something for everyone.

How Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants Can Help

Embarking on your Alberta journey may seem daunting, but you don't have to navigate it alone. Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants are Regulated Canadian Immigration consultants (RCICs) and we are here to guide you every step of the way. From evaluating your eligibility to preparing your application, our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to ensure your success.


The Alberta Rural Renewal Stream is your golden ticket to making Alberta your new home. With the right qualifications, support, and determination, your Alberta adventure awaits. So, embrace the opportunity, prepare your application, and get ready for a life full of promise and adventure in Alberta's picturesque rural communities. Your future starts here!

A Cautionary Note: The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained, and the readers are asked to refer to the government website for the most updated information.

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