Information For Candidates

The Southeast Alberta Immigration Rural Renewal Program will have limited intake availability and may be paused at a given time to allow for processing of existing applications. The Rural Renewal Stream is just one step of the process toward a candidate receiving Permanent Residency and the following are some general timelines that you should be aware of:

• Rural Renewal Endorsement Letter - approximately 30 days
• AAIP Provincial Nomination - approximately 12 months
• IRCC Application for Permanent Residency - approximately 12 months

The Southeast Alberta Immigration Rural Renewal Program will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on June 26, 2024.

The following is a program overview for prospective immigrants and non-permanent residents who are legally living in Canada. Explore eligibility requirements, important details to consider, and how to apply.

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Employers and employment agencies cannot accept money for an offer of employment.

Employers suspected of charging fees or accepting funds in exchange for an offer of employment to a foreign national will be suspended from the SAIP Rural Renewal without reimbursement of any kind and will be reported to Alberta Employment Standards and the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office.

 

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Employers must first confirm that they are provincially eligible to participate.

Please note, provincial eligibility requirements are not identified on this page. To avoid lost-time and money, employers are encouraged to read and understand the following sections of the AAIP Rural Renewal Eligibility site:

  • Job offer requirements
  • Licensing and certification requirements
  • Ineligible job offers
  • Ineligible occupations
  • Qualifying work experience
  • Language requirements
  • Education requirements
  • Settlement fund requirements

Employers participating in the SAIP Rural Renewal must be incorporated or registered by, or under an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the parliament of Canada, and an established business with property, plant, and equipment within the municipal boundaries of the City of Medicine Hat, Cypress County, Town of Redcliff, or the Town of Bow Island.

You must be aware of the AAIP list of occupations that are not eligible

Years in Operation

  • Your employer must demonstrate a minimum of two years operation within the municipal boundaries of the community. This must be demonstrated by providing business licensing, development permits, or other records of operation. 
  • Employers with less than two years operation within the community may qualify by demonstrating a minimum investment of $200,000 on plant, property, and/or equipment within the last three years. 
  • Employers with less than two years operation and less than $200,000 investment in the last three years are subject to a secondary evaluation by the Southeast Alberta Immigration Partnership.
  • Employer participation in the SAIP Rural Renewal is at the sole discretion of the Southeast Alberta Immigration Partnership and Medicine Hat Economic Development.

Candidate Application for Endorsement

Candidates must have a SAIP Job Number from a participating employer before applying for an endorsement letter.

 

 

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Important Considerations

Job Vacancies

Job vacancies endorsed by SAIP Rural Renewal must be available to Canadians first, at the same pay and working conditions. Participating employers with job vacancies are required to submit a Job Vacancy form that follow the minimum recruitment requirements prior to a job offer being submitted for that position.

Prospective immigrants who desire to live and work in Southeast Alberta are invited to use the SAIP Job Board to look for employment opportunities in the community and apply for Job Vacancies that they are qualified for.

View the SAIP Job Board

Job Offers

Each job offer is unique to the individual being employed. The opportunity of endorsement for provincial nomination extends to that individual’s spouse, and dependent children under the age of 22.

Participating employers who currently employ temporary residents may sponsor their temporary resident for an endorsement application by submitting a Rural Renewal Job Offer for that individual. Employers are not required to submit a Notice of Job Vacancy in advance for the position.

Job offers or contracts must be signed by the employee and employer, and the employer must offer:

  • continuous paid work in the community
  • full-time employment, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week 
  • permanent employment, 18-months or more
  • wages that meet or exceed the SAIP Rural Renewal minimum for the occupation

Once a candidate has been selected, employers will provide a job offer that is a legal offer of employment in an eligible occupation.

Employers suspected of charging fees or accepting funds in exchange for an offer of employment to a foreign national will be suspended from the SAIP Rural Renewal without reimbursement of any kind and will be reported to Alberta Employment Standards and the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office.

Wage and Skill Level of Candidate

Every National Occupation Classification in Canada is identified as a 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 on the Government of Canada Training Education Experience and Responsibility (TEER) systemThe Southeast Alberta Rural Renewal does not issue endorsement letters for TEER 4 or 5 occupations unless the candidate is already living in the community.

The current living wage is based on the Alberta Living Wage Network 2023 Report. Participating employers must pay a minimum living wage of $17.35 per hour, or the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region prevailing median wage located on the Government of Canada’s National Occupation Classification identified on the Rural Renewal Job Offer, whichever is greater. The provincial median-wage may be used if no regional rate is available.

TEER Categories and Examples of Jobs
TEEROccupation typesExamples

TEER 0

 

Management occupations
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  • Financial managers

TEER 1

 

Occupations that usually require a university degree
  • Financial advisors
  • Software engineers

TEER 2

 

Occupations that usually require

  • a college diploma
  • apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or
  • supervisory occupations
  • Computer network and web technicians
  • Medical laboratory technologists

TEER 3

 

Occupations that usually require

  • a college diploma
  • apprenticeship training of less than 2 years, or
  • more than 6 months of on-the-job training
  • Bakers
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants

TEER 4

 

Occupations that usually require

  • a high school diploma, or
  • several weeks of on-the-job training
  • Home child care providers
  • Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers

TEER 5

 

Occupations that usually need short-term work demonstration and no formal education
  • Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
  • Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors

 

Work Experience of Candidate

Before submitting a Rural Renewal Job Offer, participating employers must verify the candidate has a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the 18 months prior to submission. Work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) or abroad.

Acceptable forms of verification include, resume, offer of employment, record of employment, or letter of reference. Candidates must provide contact phone and email address for all qualifying work experience to the sponsoring employer.

Economic Mobility Pathway Pilot (EMPP) refugee applicants must have a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in an eligible occupation within the last 10 years prior to your application.

Work experience in the qualifying period must have been paid, full-time employment, for a minimum of 30 hours a week. The TEER level of work experience must align with the TEER level of the job offer as identified here:

 

Job Offer TEERWork Experience TEER
0 0, or 1
1 0, 1 or 2 
1, 2, 3 or 4 
1, 2, 3 or 4 
2, 3, 4, or 5
 5 and must be in same NOC code

 

Medicine Hat College international students who complete a two-year post-secondary education program and receive a post-graduation work permit are not required to meet the 12 months of work experience criterion.

Language and Education Requirements

Before a Rural Renewal Job Offer is submitted employers must verify that their employee or candidate has official language testing results that are less than two years old from the time of the candidate’s application. 

  • If the Rural Renewal Job Offer is TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3, a minimum of 5 for each language skill is required. 
  • If the Rural Renewal Job Offer is TEER 5, or 5, a minimum of 4 for each language skill is required. 

For Teers 0, 1, 2 or 3, candidates educated inside Canada must provide proof to the sponsor employer that they have obtained a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized Canadian post-secondary, technical college, or secondary institution, or have a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or trade certificate.

Candidates educated outside of Canada must provide proof to the sponsor employer that they hold an Educational Credential Assessment issued by an organization designated by IRCC for their highest level of education.

Settlement Funds

Only Temporary Foreign Workers must meet settlement fund requirements. Please see AAIP Rural Renewal Stream Eligibility Settlement Fund Requirements for more details.

 

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How to Apply

Candidates must successfully complete the application and orientation quiz, and consultation, to participate in the Southeast Alberta Rural Renewal.

The online application and orientation are self-guided and take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Candidates who complete the application and orientation will be contacted within five business days to schedule a 20 minute online consultation.

This information will help you prepare to complete the necessary forms:

Application for Endorsement Form
• Rural Renewal Job Number • First and Last Name • Email Address
• Phone Number • Mailing Address (city, postal code) • Physical Address (city/postal code)
• Birthdate • Driver's License Number and Copy • Passport Number and Copy
• Country of Citizenship • Canada Client ID or UCI • Status in Canada
• Education Level and Institute Name • Family Members (if applicable) • Employer Name and Contact Info
• Job Title • Job NOC Code (5 digits) • Job TEER Level
• Description of Job Duties • Date of Interview • Hourly Wage (CAD)
• Hours per Week • Proof of Residence (utility bill etc.)  
Document Checklist
  • English language test results that are no more than two (2) years old (IELTS or CELPIP)
  • A copy of your highest Canadian education completed or international credential assessment by World Education Services (WES)
  • A copy of your current resume including employer references and any records of employment
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • A scanned copy of your spouse's passport (if applicable)
  • A scanned copy of a signed letter from close friend or relative living in southeast Alberta

If you would like to download this information as a PDF, please click here. 

Candidates must receive a Job Offer Number from a participating employer before they can apply for an endorsement letter.

 

Application Details
 
Step 1
Candidate applies for job on the Southeast Alberta Job Board and participates in interviews
Step 2
Candidate receives job offer with job number from participating employer
Step 3
Candidate completes Application for Endorsement (supplied by employer) to apply for endorsement letter (must have received Rural Renewal Job Number provided by your employer before submitting).
 Step 4
Committee determines whether or not the candidate is approved
 Step 5
If approved, Committee issues candidate endorsement letter
 Step 6

Candidates with endorsement letters may apply for provincial nomination

a) Candidates with a valid open work permit may begin employment immediately

b) Candidates who do not have a valid open work permit or are living outside of Canada must receive provincial nomination before they can apply for permanent residency and a LMIA exempt work permit

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Contact

For questions or concerns, contact the Southern Alberta Immigration Leadership by emailing: immigration@medicinehat.ca