The new Alberta Opportunity Stream
The AINP has been revamped. As with most policy changes, there are winners and losers.
My preliminary thoughts:
IELTS/CELPIP - proof of language proficiency is now required for all applicants (only a CLB of 4 for now).
Education - all applicants will need minimum high school (for now, not necessary that it be equivalent to Alberta standards).
Income requirements (modest).
Post-secondary graduates from other provinces (many have moved here in part because of the AINP). Their PGWP (open work permit) and work in Alberta won't give them access to the AINP; they should create an Express Entry profile and indicate province of settlement as Alberta (Alberta will now be able to select limited number from the Pool).
Alberta graduates from programs that are not listed or those that can't show their work is related to their (qualifying) educational credential.
Those with open work permits based on a spouse's work permit or studies seem to be in the same situation as international graduates from other provinces/non-qualifying credentials from Alberta.
Those here on IEC or "working holiday" open work permits (also intra-company transferees). 12 months of work in Alberta will allow most to apply for permanent residency.
Those with LMIA based work permit working in an eligible occupation (all skill levels count).
Alberta graduates (from the listed institution and program/credential) working in their field can apply after 6 months of work in a field related to their education.
These changes seem industry driven. Hotel/tourism, meat processing, oil and gas companies all have a clear pathway for their foreign workers to permanent residency.
Also - seems clear that there will be less 'gaming of the system'. No more PGWP and applications for 'food service supervisor' or retail supervisor (unless an argument can be made that it's connected to qualifying Alberta credential). The changes disproportionately benefit those that have access to the IEC and will have a deleterious effect on others that may not be able to find a job in their field.