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Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream (ATH)

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SUMMARY

The Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream (ATH) offers a pathway for individuals seeking to immigrate to Alberta for employment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry. To be eligible, applicants must secure employment with a single approved Tourism and Hospitality employer in Alberta, operating within specified industries such as museums, hotels, restaurants, and recreational facilities.
Additionally, applicants must meet specific criteria regarding employer membership in eligible sector associations, job offer requirements, language proficiency, and educational qualifications. Successful applicants must demonstrate full-time employment in eligible occupations for a minimum of six (6) consecutive months and meet language proficiency standards, along with educational requirements equivalent to Canadian high school standards.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be met if you are applying to Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream:

1- Job Offer Requirement

At the time of your application and at the time the AAIP assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer from an Alberta approved Tourism and Hospitality employer in Alberta.

Requirements for approved Tourism and Hospitality employers are provided below.

At the time your application is submitted, you must demonstrate that your Alberta employer has valid coverage from Worker’s Compensation Board or is exempt from needing coverage.

Your Alberta employer’s primary business activities must belong to one of the following eligible industries, as defined by the WCB – Alberta industry code or exempt activities (➨ immilib.com/WCB).

2- Minimum CRS Score

In order to be considered under AAIP Express Entry stream, your CRS score (➨page) must be at least 300.

3- Work Experience

You must be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification.
There is no available published list of occupations for the occupations already invited, but there is some information that could hint to possible in-demand occupations in the province.

The following are a few of the occupations with a forecasted labour shortage of more than 3000 workers by year 2030 (➨immilib.com/AB-Shortages):

  • Receptionists
  • Construction trades helpers and labourers
  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • Administrative assistants
  • Home building and renovation managers
  • General office support workers
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • Petroleum engineers

There is also a shortage of Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses until at least 2024.

4- Ineligible Occupations

Your primary occupation cannot be on the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.

Eligible WCB industries and exempt activities WCB industry code Sample activities
Museums/Art Galleries 80701 Art Galleries, Art Museums, Interpretive Centres, Museums
Zoos/Game Farms 80703 Game Farms, Zoos
Bowling Alleys/Billiard Parlours 85300 Billiard Parlours, Bowling Alleys, Pool Halls
Golf Clubs/Ranges 85900 Operation of Driving Ranges, Golf Courses
Ski Resorts/Gondolas 85904 Operation of Chairlifts, Gondolas, Ski Instruction, Ski Resorts
Casinos/Dance Halls 85916 Casino Halls, Dance Halls
Arenas/Stadiums 85919 Arenas, Stadiums, Race Tracks
Travel Agency/Motor Association 85925 Operation of Wildlife and Wilderness Associations, Tour Guides, Tourist Promotion, Park Associations
Restaurants/Catering 87501 Operation of Coffee Shops, Drive-In Restaurants, Restaurants, Take-Out Services, Bartending Services
Hotels/Convention Centres 87503 Operation of Bed and Breakfast, Cabins and Motels, Convention Centres
Sports and Recreation 87600 Operation of Amusement Parks and Rec Resorts, Hot Air Ballooning, Boats, Pleasure and Water Tours, Campsites
Property Management/Hostels 89702 Operation of Hostels, Bingo Halls, Airports
Private Clubs 87508 Private Clubs, Sporting Clubs, Fitness Clubs and Gun Clubs
Operation of a Curling Rink Multiple Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Operation of an Ice Skating Rink Multiple Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Operation of a Cricket Field Multiple Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Operation of a Convention Bureau Multiple Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Operation of an Information Bureau Multiple Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Promotions, sports and entertainment Multiple Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Professional sports Multiple Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes

At the time your application is submitted your Alberta employer must be a member of an eligible sector association, provided in Table 2 below.

If your employer cannot qualify to be a member of one of the eligible sector associations, they must be included as an Experience Provider on the Travel Alberta website. (➨ immilib.com/TravelAlberta).  

Sector Sector association
Accommodations Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA)
Accommodations Alberta Bed and Breakfast Association (ABBA)
Food and Beverage Restaurants Canada
Indigenous Tourism Indigenous Tourism Alberta
Recreation and Entertainment Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO)
Recreation and Entertainment Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA)
Recreation and Entertainment Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)
Recreation and Entertainment Alberta Golf Association
Meetings, Conventions, and Incentive Tourism Convention Centres Canada (CCC)
Tourism and Hospitality Tourism Industry Association of Alberta (TIAA)
Tourism and Hospitality Alberta Hospitality Association
Tourism and Hospitality Tourism HR Canada
Tourism and Hospitality Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)

2- Occupation and Employment

At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must:

  • be working full-time (at least 30 hours per week) with an approved Tourism and Hospitality employer in one of the eligible occupations for a minimum of six (6) consecutive months, or a total of at least 780 hours. The work experience must have been with the same employer as the current job offer in Alberta.
  • have a valid work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for an eligible occupation. Please note that maintained status is not considered a substitute for a valid work permit.

Your current employment in Alberta and Alberta job offer must all be for one of the following eligible occupations.

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

3- Language Ability

You must have taken an approved test results and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 4 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

4- Education

You must have one of the following from a high school or a post-secondary institution:

  • Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree); or
  • A valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or a trade certificate; or
  • equivalent foreign credential

Candidates with a foreign education must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report (➨Appendix 3) for their foreign education.

The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date the Express Entry profile is submitted.

5- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream if you are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Step 1: Work and Job Offer in Alberta

In order to be qualified under the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream and submit your application, you must be working legally in Alberta in an eligible occupation. You must also have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta.

As a foreign worker in Canada, you first need to find an employer and secure the job for yourself. The criteria for your job in Alberta are explained in “Minimum Requirements”.

Step 2: Submit Application to AAIP

If you have all the above requirements, you may submit your application using the AAIP online portal (➨ immilib.com/ATH-Apply).  

If your application is complete, you will receive an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This will include your AAIP file number.

An AAIP officer will contact you by email or phone if information is needed to assess your application and will tell you how to send the information.

You will receive a decision on your application by email. If your application is approved, you will become a Provincial Nominee and get a nomination package by email.

AAIP APPLICATION
Submit Online Application:
immilib.com/ATH-Apply
Official Program Guide:
immilib.com/ATH-Guide
AAIP Application Fee:
$500 CAD
Processing Time:
immilib.com/AB-PT
Document Checklist:

immilib.com/ATH-Doc

Contact:
780-6382843, 780-6447534
[email protected]

Step 3: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you are nominated by the Province of Alberta, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ immilib.com/PR-Portal). 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.

Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Apply for a Temporary Work Permit

After you receive a nomination certificate, you may request AAIP for a Work Permit Support Letter. If accepted, this letter permits you to apply for a work permit from the federal government without the need for an LMIA.

If you are in Canada on a valid work permit and your PR application is not finalized, you may be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨page). This will let you to stay and continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

You may apply for BOWP only if your PR application is approved in principle meaning you have passed the eligibility stage and still have to pass the medical, security and background checks.

Step 4: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven’t already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada’ (➨page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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