132: Closure of the Alberta Opportunity Stream and Creation ofNew Tourism Program

Welcome to Episode 132 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast, where we dive into the recent changes to the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) and the introduction of a new pathway for the tourism and hospitality sector. Host Alicia Backman-Beharry is joined by articling student Igor Kyryliuk to discuss these significant updates and their impact on potential applicants, especially within the Ukrainian community in Alberta.

Key Highlights:
  • Closure of Alberta Opportunity Stream: The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) announced that no more AOS applications would be processed as of February 15, 2024. This sudden change affects many individuals who were relying on this stream as a pathway to permanent residency, particularly those with lower language proficiency or working in lower-skilled occupations.
  • Impact on the Ukrainian Community: The closure of the AOS is a significant blow to the Ukrainian community in Alberta, which has been looking to this program as a main pathway to permanent residency due to its more accessible language and occupation requirements.
  • New Tourism and Hospitality Stream: On a positive note, the AAIP introduced a new stream targeted at individuals working in the tourism and hospitality sector. This stream is set to open on March 1, 2024, and is expected to account for 8-10% of Alberta's total nomination spots for the year. The stream aims to address labour shortages in this sector, particularly during the spring and summer months.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the new Tourism and Hospitality Stream, applicants must have been working for a tourism and hospitality business for at least six months and meet criteria to establish themselves permanently in Alberta. Additionally, they must have a valid full-time, non-seasonal job offer from an approved employer operating within the industry.
Important Occupations for the New Stream:

The new stream targets eighteen National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes, including program leaders, restaurant and food service managers, chefs, cooks, bartenders, hotel front desk clerks, tour and travel guides, and various cleaning and support occupations. Applicants must also meet median wage requirements, which are yet to be detailed.


The recent changes to the Alberta Opportunity Stream and the introduction of the new Tourism and Hospitality Stream represent significant shifts in Alberta's immigration landscape. While the closure of the AOS may present challenges for many, the new stream offers opportunities for those in the tourism and hospitality sector to establish themselves permanently in Alberta.

Stay tuned for more updates and information on Canadian immigration law, policy, and practice. And a special thanks to our sponsor, Joorney Business Plans, for their continued support.

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