Unlock Your Alberta Adventure: The Alberta Rural Renewal Stream of Alberta Advantage Immigration Program

Alberta Rural Renewal Stream

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. In this blog, we’ll 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:

Communities Date
City of Brooks (including: Town of Bassano, Village of Duchess, County of Newell, Village of Rosemary)
May 13, 2022
City of Grande Prairie
July 6, 2022
Town of Whitecourt
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
Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo
September 9, 2022
Municipality of Jasper
September 13, 2022
Town of Edson
November 8, 2022
County of Barrhead (including: Town of Barrhead)
November 8, 2022
Town of Hinton
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
Town of Fox Creek
February 13, 2023
City of Cold Lake
March 10, 2023
County of St. Paul (including: Town of St Paul, Town of Elk Point, Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay)
March 10, 2023
Town of Drayton Valley
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
City of Lloydminster
March 29, 2023
City of Lethbridge
March 29, 2023
Town of Westlock
March 29, 2023
Municipal District of Greenview No.16 (including: The Town of Valleyview)
March 29, 2023
Town of Peace River
June 14, 2023
Town of Sylvan Lake
June 14, 2023
City of Wetaskiwin
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.

Family Members Less Than 1,000 Population 10,000 to 30,000 Population 30,000 to 99,000 Population
Amount for each additional family member

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 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!


Please note that none of the information on this website should be construed as being legal advice. As well, you should not rely on any of the information contained in this website when determining whether and how to apply to a given program.
Canadian immigration law is constantly changing, and the information above may be outdated.
If you have a question about the contents of this blog, or any question about Canadian immigration law, please contact the Author. Please book a consultation if you would like to get answers to general immigration questions and advice specific to your situation.

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