Alberta’s Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is now full for 2014, as all 5,500 certificates for the year have been issued.

The certificates allow workers, along with spouse and dependent children, to be nominated by the Government of Alberta for permanent residence in Canada. Provincial nominees may then apply for permanent residence to the federal government.

“Alberta’s challenge remains finding permanent workers for permanent jobs,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour. “We need to meet our growing economic needs by training Albertans and attracting workers from across the country and around the world. While the federal government currently caps the amount of people Alberta can nominate, we continue to work with them to find long-term solutions that better respond to Alberta’s labour demand.”

Alberta remains a worldwide destination of choice for people to live, work and raise their families.

• In 2013, Alberta welcomed 36,366 new permanent residents, accounting for 14.1 per cent of Canada’s total of 258,619

• From 2006 to 2013, annual immigration to Alberta steadily increased from 21,000 to more than 36,000

• Alberta continues to attract about 100,000 newcomers annually

The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta in conjunction with the federal government. It supports Alberta’s economic growth by attracting and

retaining work-ready immigrants to the province and is a vital tool in developing a permanent workforce.