Alberta Opens Opportunities To Foreign Workers In The Foodservices Industry

alberta provincial nominee programThe Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has been the leading immigration program in Alberta and it has helped many foreign workers find permanent residency in the province.

One of the projects that it is handling right now is the Foodservices Industry Pilot Project and it has just made major development in this project. After consulting with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) (website:, the AINP has increased the allocation limit to employer per restaurant location.

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Previously, all employers were limited to nominating only one employee per restaurant location. However, that number has increased as per AINP’s announcement.

Starting September 13, 2013, all employers are already eligible (temporarily) to nominate up to 20% of their workforce PER restaurant location. Employers can apply until November 28, 2013 only, which means applications should be postmarked or delivered personally on or before this date.

Some Notes:

Issued nominations based on applications filed before September 13, 2013 will not be included in the new allocation.

Those who have not yet used their previous allocations (1 employee per restaurant location) can still use that later after November 28, 2013. In the meantime, they can enjoy the 20% allocation as per AINP.

The 20% will be based on a restaurant’s workforce consisting of both full-time and part-time employees.

However, only foreign workers with full-time eligible occupation in the restaurant (Food and Beverage Server, Food Counter Attendant or Kitchen Helper) can be nominated.

In case the resulting 20% computation is not a whole number, it will be rounded to the next highest number (i.e. if a restaurant has 12 employees, part-time and full-time combined, 20% is 2.4, which means 3 workers will be eligible for nomination).

Requirements for Employers:

Employers must submit an application with attached Employer Compliance Declaration Form, which should answer questions regarding the status of the business with these legislative authorities: Employment Standards Code; Public Health Act; Occupational Health and Safety Act; Workers’ Compensation Act; and Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act.

Employers should meet provincial standards for workplace health and safety. They should offer employees with a sustainable and reliable working atmosphere. AINP will not approve employers who do not meet its criteria and standards.

Requirements for Employees:

Employees should have been employed in Alberta for at least 9 months before applying to the AINP.

Employees should have a total of 3 years or 36 months of work experience in the food and beverage service industry (inside or outside of Canada).

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4 thoughts on “Alberta Opens Opportunities To Foreign Workers In The Foodservices Industry

  1. I am currently temporary foreign worker, could I apply for student permit to continue my studies here in Canada, I graduated Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in the Philippines?

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