Alberta has created a Family Stream in order to further address Alberta's labour shortages.
Eligible Albertans may take steps to sponsor a parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew through the Family Stream. The family members being sponsored must have post-secondary education, work experience and be between 21 and 45 years old. They do not need a job offer first.
A sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (and must have been so for at least two years). A sponsor must also currently reside in Alberta and show residence in Alberta for the past two years.
The foreign relative being sponsored must meet minimum education and work experience criteria. This includes completion of a post-secondary program of at least one year.
Individuals nominated by the Province of Alberta, together with their spouse and dependent children, are eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa through Immigration Canada as a Provincial Nominee. The permanent resident applications of Provincial Nominees are expedited.