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March 5, 2024

Requirements for Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream 2024

Dear future neighbour,

The requirements for Alberta Tourism and Hospitality stream has been released.

This immigration stream targets most occupations classified under TEER 4 and 5 of the National Occupation Classification (NOC).

To qualify for this stream, candidates must have language proficiency in either English or French of only CLB level 4 which is equivalent to the popular IELTS test of 4.5 bands in listening, 4 in speaking and writing, and 3.5 in reading.

See below requirements for the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream:

1. Candidates must have a minimum of high school education in Canada or must have completed a high school education outside Canada that has been certified by the Education Credential Assessment (ECA).

Tradespeople with a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or a trade certificate recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) are also eligible.

2. When submitting application and when it’s being evaluated by AAIP, candidates must have a valid job with an eligible employer in the tourism and hospitality sector as well as reside and work in Alberta. Candidates must also possess a current work permit issued in line with a favourable Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for a job that qualifies.

3. To be eligible to apply, candidate must have worked full-time (30 hours per week);

  • in one of the qualified occupations for at least six consecutive months,
    • or
  • a minimum of 780 hours with an authorized employer in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Additionally, the experience at work:

  • must have been for the same company as the one you are currently working for in Alberta;
  • ought to have been paid;
  • if completed in Alberta or Canada, must have received approval from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada with a valid temporary residency status.

4. To be eligible, candidate must have a legitimate full-time work offer or employment contract in an eligible occupation and for the same Albertan company as your current job, also the necessary 780 hours of work experience over the course of six consecutive months.

Your eligible Albertan employer must also sign your job offer, stating that it meets the following requirements:

  • continuous, paid work under an employer-employee relationship
  • full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • employment for 12 months or more

Wages and benefits must meet or exceed the requirements set out in your Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)


meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta as set out on the Alis website.

See below List of Eligible Occupations for Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream

Occupation Noc Code TEER Category
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness 54100 4
Restaurant and food service managers 60030 0
Accommodation service managers 60031 0
Food service supervisors 62020 2
Chefs 62200 2
Cooks 63200 3
Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses 64300 4
Bartenders 64301 4
Hotel front desk clerks 64314 4
Tour and travel guides 64320 4
Outdoor sports and recreational guides 64322 4
Food and beverage servers 65200 5
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 65201 5
Support occupations in accommodation, travel, and facilities set-up services 65210 5
Light-duty cleaners 65310 5
Specialized cleaners 65311 5
Janitors, caretakers, and heavy-duty cleaners 65312 5
Dry cleaning, laundry, and related occupations 65320 5

See Below Eligible Sector Association

The Albertan employer must be a member of one of these approved sector associations.

Sector association Sector
Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) Accommodations
Alberta Bed and Breakfast Association (ABBA) Accommodations
Restaurants Canada Food and Beverage
Indigenous Tourism Alberta Indigenous Tourism
Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) Recreation and Entertainment
Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) Recreation and Entertainment
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Recreation and Entertainment
Alberta Golf Association Recreation and Entertainment
Convention Centres Canada (CCC) Meetings, Conventions, and Incentive Tourism
Tourism Industry Association of Alberta (TIAA) Tourism and Hospitality
Alberta Hospitality Association Tourism and Hospitality
Tourism HR Canada Tourism and Hospitality
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) Tourism and Hospitality

See below Eligible Industries and Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB)

The Albertan employer must be a member of an authorized sector association at the time of the application.

WCB industry code Eligible WCB industries and exempt activities Sample activities
80701 Museums/Art Galleries Art Galleries, Art Museums, Interpretive Centres, Museums
80703 Zoos/Game Farms Game Farms and Zoos
85300 Bowling Alleys/Billiard Parlours Billiard parlours, Bowling Alleys, and pool halls
85900 Golf Clubs/Ranges Operation of Driving Ranges and Golf Courses
85904 Ski Resorts/Gondolas Operation of Chairlifts, Gondolas, Ski Instruction, Ski Resorts
85916 Casinos/Dance Halls Casino Halls and Dance Halls
85919 Arenas/Stadiums Arenas, Stadiums, and Race Tracks
85925 Travel Agency/Motor Association Operation of Wildlife and Wilderness Associations, Tour Guides, Tourist Promotion, Park Associations
87501 Restaurants/Catering Operation of Coffee Shops, Drive-In Restaurants, Restaurants, Take-Out Services, and Bartending Services
87503 Hotels/Convention Centres Operation of Bed and Breakfasts, Cabins and Motels, and Convention Centres
87600 Sports and Recreation Operation of Amusement Parks and Recreation Resorts, Hot Air Ballooning, Boats, Pleasure and Water Tours, Campsites
89702 Property Management/Hostels Operation of Hostels, Bingo Halls, and Airports
87508 Private Clubs Private Clubs, Sporting Clubs, Fitness Clubs and Gun Clubs
Multiple Operation of a Curling Rink Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries and codes
Multiple Operation of an Ice Skating Rink Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries and codes
Multiple Operation of a Cricket Field Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries and codes
Multiple Operation of a Convention Bureau Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries and codes
Multiple Operation of an Information Bureau Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries and codes
Multiple Promotions, sports and entertainment Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries and codes
Multiple Professional sports Activity is identified within multiple WCB industries and codes

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