Rural Renewal Stream

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The Rural Renewal Stream aims to foster the growth and vitality of rural areas in Alberta by taking a community-driven approach to support local economic development needs. One of the goals of the program is to attract and retain newcomers to these communities, thus contributing to their growth and development. By providing resources and opportunities for foreign nationals to live, work, and settle in rural Alberta, the program seeks to empower these communities to build stronger, more diverse, and sustainable economies.

To participate in the Rural Renewal Stream, communities must apply and receive designation before they can begin recruiting and endorsing candidates for the program. Candidates who receive an endorsement of candidate letter from a designated community are eligible to apply through the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program portal.

Alberta rural renewal stream processing time is not in sync with the Express Entry system, hence, candidates are unable to benefit from the 6 month average processing times offered by Express Entry. Typically, the Alberta Provincial Nominee Programs (which are not aligned with Express Entry) have lengthier processing times, taking a minimum of 1 year  hence average Alberta Rural Renewal Stream processing time is 1 year

Learn about the job offer, community endorsement, settlement funds and other requirements for eligible applicants.

The Rural Renewal Stream operates through a simple 2-step process:

Firstly, communities recruit newcomers to meet their labor needs and provide an Endorsement of Candidate letter to selected candidates after a community designation process.

Secondly, candidates submit their application to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP).


To be eligible for the Rural Renewal Stream, you must meet several requirements, including a community residency requirement. Specifically, you must intend to and be able to reside and work in your designated community in Alberta at the time of submitting your application and when it is assessed by the AAIP.

There are certain individuals who are ineligible to apply or be nominated under this program, including refugee claimants or those involved in a federal appeal or removal process. The AAIP does not intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal, or removal process.

Additionally, you must have a valid Endorsement of Candidate Letter issued by the Economic Development Organization (EDO) of your designated rural community in Alberta. This endorsement should be based on criteria established by the EDO, and you must meet the Rural Renewal Stream eligibility criteria set by AAIP.

The Endorsement of Candidate Letter must include the name and address of the supporting EDO, your full name and residential address, details of the job offer such as the business name, contact information of the employer, location of employment, job duties, work conditions, and duration of employment. It should also contain a detailed description of how your employment will align with the economic growth of the designated community, along with your employer’s efforts to fill the position within Canada and outcomes. The letter must be issued by the local EDO, and it should include the name, title, and contact information of the person issuing it.

Furthermore, at the time of submitting your application and when it is assessed by AAIP, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in an eligible occupation in your designated community. The employer must be incorporated, registered by, or under an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada, and operating as a business with an established production capability, plant, or place of business in Alberta.

Language Requirements

National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER category

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test score required

Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required

If your job offer is for NOC 0, 1, 2 or 3 occupation

Minimum of 5 for each English language skill

Minimum of 5 for each French language skill

If your job offer is for NOC 4 or 5 occupation

Minimum of 4 for each English language skill

Minimum of 4 for each French language skill





When submitting an application for the AAIP, you are required to include your official test results for one of the following language proficiency tests: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General Test, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training Test, Test d’évaluation de français Canada (TEF Canada), or Test de connaissance du français Canada (TCF Canada). It is important to note that the test results must be dated within the last 2 years from the time of application submission. The AAIP will not accept proof of registration for a language test as a substitute for an official test result.

Ineligible Occupations

Applicants who hold job offers for the following occupations at the time of submitting and assessing their application are not qualified to apply or be nominated under the Rural Renewal Stream.

*This National Occupation Classification (NOC) code consists of both eligible occupations and ineligible occupations. The ‘Occupation’ column specifies which occupations are ineligible for each NOC Code listed.

NOC Code (2021)

NOC TEER category







Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers






Authors and writers (except technical)



Musicians and singers



Justices of the peace



Actors, comedians and circus performers



Painters, sculptors and other visual artists



Artisans and craftspersons






Dental laboratory bench workers



Home child care providers



Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations



Casino Occupations



Other performers



Other support occupations in personal services



Harvesting Labourers

Qualifying work experience requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have a minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the 18 months preceding your application. This work experience can be a combination of work done in Alberta, other parts of Canada, or abroad.

The work experience you have gained during the qualifying period must have been paid full-time employment, with a minimum of 30 hours of work per week. Additionally, the work experience must meet the following requirements:

TEER Category of job offer or current occupation is:

TEER Category of work experience must be:


TEER 0 or 1


TEER 0, 1 or 2


TEER 1, 2, 3 or 4


TEER 1, 2, 3 or 4


TEER 2, 3, 4 or 5


TEER 5 and must be in the same occupation – NOC code

  • have been authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and with valid temporary resident status if obtained in Canada                                                            
  •  Unless you are a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder who completed paid co-op work terms as part of your study program at an Alberta post-secondary institution, you cannot count any work experience gained while studying in Canada, including co-op placements or internships. To be eligible, the co-op work terms must have been paid, full-time (at least 30 hours per week), and all gained in Alberta. If you are a PGWP holder who completed a two-year post-secondary education program at an IRCC-designated learning institution in your designated community, you are exempt from the 12-month work experience requirement.

Educational Requirements

When submitting your application, you must have completed education at a high school level that is equivalent to the Canadian education standard, or hold a foreign degree, diploma, or certificate. You will also need to provide a copy of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) issued by an organization designated by IRCC for your highest level of education. However, you are exempt from providing an ECA if you possess a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate from a recognized Canadian post-secondary, technical college, or secondary institution, or if you hold a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or a trade certificate recognized by AIT.

Settlement Funds Requirements

When submitting your application and during the AAIP assessment, it is necessary to show that you have enough funds to support yourself and any family members who will be settling with you in your designated community, in the following cases:

  • If you are not currently residing in Canada
  • If you are in Canada but not employed

The minimum amount of settlement funds required is based on the Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs). Table 2 provides a breakdown of the settlement funds required based on the number of family members, including yourself, and the population size of your designated community in Alberta. The exact amount of settlement funds necessary will depend on your specific situation.

Settlement Funds Requirement for Rural Renewal Stream in Canadian Dollars



Population size of the community and funds required

Number of family members

Less than 1,000

1,000 to 30,000

30,000 to 99,999





























Amount of funds required for each additional family member




To meet the requirements of the AAIP, the official letters from your financial institutions must contain the following information:

  • Printed on the financial institution’s letterhead
  • Contact information of the financial institution, including their address, telephone number, and email address
  • Your name
  • A list of all outstanding debts, such as credit card debts and loans
  • For each current bank and investment account:
    • The account numbers
    • The date each account was opened
    • The current balance of each account
    • Transactions made within the past three months
    • The average balance for the past six months

Contact – AAIP Rural Renewal Stream 

If you have questions about this program, contact the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.

Always please refer to official website before processing any application . 

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