Alberta’s New Pathway: The AAIP Tourism and Hospitality Stream Update

The journey through immigration policies can seem like a maze of information at times, especially for those eyeing opportunities within Alberta’s sectors. In this blog, we will focus on a vital development in Alberta’s permanent residency pathway program: The newly introduced Tourism and Hospitality Stream. This new stream emerges as a strategic solution to the ongoing labor shortages currently challenging the province’s flourishing tourism and hospitality sectors. In this guide, our experts at immigration nation break down this new program, its eligibility requirements and more. With the goal of aiming to enrich Alberta’s economy by integrating skilled individuals into these essential industries, this new stream offers new opportunities to those looking to venture into the Albertan tourism and hospitality industry in Canada. Join us as we unravel the details of this significant opportunity and illustrate how our support can be instrumental at every phase of your journey.

AAIP: Tourism and Hospitality Program Overview

Effective March 1, 2024, the AAIP has launched a new stream specifically targeting the tourism and hospitality sectors. This move comes as a strategic response to the paused applications for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, allowing the province to concentrate on reducing existing backlogs and prioritizing sectors facing significant labor shortages. The Tourism and Hospitality Stream aims to attract individuals already employed within this sector in Alberta for at least six months. By focusing on these areas, the AAIP intends to alleviate workforce deficits and assist businesses across the province, particularly those in rural locales, by enabling them to retain valuable employees, thereby strengthening the local economy​​​​​​​​.

Eligibility Requirements Overview:

For the Alberta hospitality and tourism stream, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • Availability: Limited to 500 spots for the current year, expanding to 659 in 2024.
  • Work Permit: Must be working in Alberta with an LMIA-based work permit. The permit must be valid both at the time of application and when being assessed.
  • Work Experience: Six consecutive months of required work experience with the same Alberta employer.
  • Job Offer: Must have a permanent job offer from the same employer for at least 30 hours per week.
  • Employer Association: Employer must be associated with designated industry associations.
  • Language Skills: Minimum of CLB 4 in English or French, with a valid language test less than 2 years old.
  • Educational Level: Must be equivalent to a Canadian High School diploma, validated by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) less than 5 years old or Canadian education.
  • Eligible Occupation: Must be working in an eligible occupation, Sector and in an eligible industry.
  • Salary Requirements: Must meet LMIA standards.

Eligible Industries Overview:

The Alberta hospitality and tourism stream targets specific sectors to address labor shortages and support provincial economic goals. This includes industries pivotal to the region’s tourism such as museums, ski resorts, and restaurants. Below is a table of eligible industries along with their WCB industry codes and sample activities:

Eligible WCB Industries and Exempt ActivitiesWCB Industry CodeSample Activities
Museums/Art Galleries80701Art Galleries, Art Museums, Interpretive Centres, Museums
Zoos/Game Farms80703Game Farms, Zoos
Bowling Alleys/Billiard Parlours85300Billiard Parlours, Bowling Alleys, Pool Halls
Golf Clubs/Ranges85900Operation of Driving Ranges, Golf Courses
Ski Resorts/Gondolas85904Operation of Chairlifts, Gondolas, Ski Instruction, Ski Resorts
Casinos/Dance Halls85916Casino Halls, Dance Halls
Arenas/Stadiums85919Arenas, Stadiums, Race Tracks
Travel Agency/Motor Association85925Operation of Wildlife and Wilderness Associations, Tour Guides, Tourist Promotion, Park Associations
Restaurants/Catering87501Operation of Coffee Shops, Drive-In Restaurants, Restaurants, Take-Out Services, Bartending Services
Hotels/Convention Centres87503Operation of Bed and Breakfast, Cabins and Motels, Convention Centres
Sports and Recreation87600Operation of Amusement Parks and Rec Resorts, Hot Air Ballooning, Boats, Pleasure and Water Tours, Campsites
Property Management/Hostels89702Operation of Hostels, Bingo Halls, Airports
Private Clubs87508Private Clubs, Sporting Clubs, Fitness Clubs and Gun Clubs
Operation of a Curling RinkMultipleActivity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Operation of an Ice Skating RinkMultipleActivity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Operation of a Cricket FieldMultipleActivity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Operation of a Convention BureauMultipleActivity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Operation of an Information BureauMultipleActivity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Promotions, sports and entertainmentMultipleActivity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes
Professional sportsMultipleActivity is identified within multiple WCB industries/codes

Eligible Occupations Overview:

To address acute labor needs, the Alberta hospitality and tourism stream has identified specific occupations eligible for the program. Here is a list of these occupations, showcasing the diversity and scope aimed at enriching Alberta’s tourism and hospitality sectors:

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
64300Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses4
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 cleaners*5
65311Specialized cleaners*5
65312Janitors, caretakers, and heavy-duty cleaners*5
65320Dry cleaning, laundry, and related occupations*5

Sector Association and Travel Alberta Membership Requirements Overview:

The Alberta tourism and hospitality stream emphasizes the importance of industry association membership to ensure businesses are well-integrated into the province’s tourism framework. Below is a summary of the sector associations related to the eligible industries:

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)

Update on Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream Intake:

  • Intake Closure: The initial intake for the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream concluded on March 2, 2024.
  • Guidance for Ongoing Applications: Applicants who initiated their application process prior to the closing date are advised to proceed with finalizing their submissions.
  • Anticipation of Future Intakes: The AAIP has indicated that new intake periods will be scheduled. Prospective applicants are encouraged to stay informed and prepare necessary documentation in anticipation of these openings.
  • Preparation for Next Intake: Individuals interested in applying should prepare their application materials in advance to ensure they are ready when the next intake period is announced, emphasizing the importance of quick action due to the expected high demand.


The AAIP Tourism and Hospitality Stream goes beyond addressing labor shortages; it’s a gateway for foreign workers eyeing permanent residency in Canada, providing them with unique opportunities in Alberta’s growing sectors. By understanding and meeting the eligibility requirements such as language proficiency, work experience and more, those looking to expand and achieve their own dreams and aspirations in the Canadian work force can begin to create and forge their path ahead. At Immigration Nation, we stand ready to assist you with your application process. If you seek further guidance, please feel free to contact us and our team of Experts will ensure your application is prepared for success!

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