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The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) defines rural Alberta communities as any community with a population of less than 100,000( from Statistics Canada to determine a community’s population). In addition, the community must be outside of the Calgary and Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area.

Download: Rural Entrepreneur Stream Community Guide

Community participation

To discuss their business concept and arrange an exploratory visit, candidates who are interested in a particular rural Alberta community should get in touch with the community contact person. To arrange an exploratory visit, each community will have its unique procedure. Communities reserve the right to only meet with prospective entrepreneurs who they think would be a good fit.

Exploratory visit

You will have the chance to meet with community economic development officers, local business contacts, and any other potential contacts during the exploratory visit in order to better understand the conditions necessary to establish a successful business in the area. Keep detailed notes on your trip, including any contacts and meetings, as this information will be required for the Exploratory Visit Report.

After the exploratory visit, give the community contact person a copy of the complete Rural Entrepreneur Stream Business Proposal Summary. If the community deems that you and your business proposal is a benefit to the community, a Community Support Letter will be issued, and the Business Proposal Summary will be endorsed.

Then, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the AAIP when you receive a copy of the Community Support Letter and endorsed Business Proposal Summary from the community.


To be eligible for this stream, candidates must meet the following criteria:

Table 1. Requirements for the Rural Entrepreneur Stream

Area Requirements
Work experience Have either a minimum 3 years of experience as an active business owner/manager or a minimum of 4 years of experience as a senior manager within the past 10 years.

Completed a minimum of high school equivalent to the Canadian standard with an Education Credential Assessment (ECA).


Have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 4 for each English language skill or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of 4 for each French language skill: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Official test results must be less than 2 years old at the time your Expression of Interest is submitted. The AAIP only accepts the following language tests:

Net worth Minimum net worth of $300,000. All assets must be candidate’s own personal holdings or spouse's or common-law partner’s.
Business investment Minimum investment of $200,000 from candidate’s own (and/or spouse/common-law partner) equity. Higher levels of investment will be awarded more points.
Business establishment

Minimum ownership of 51% for a new business. Business Partners must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.


100% ownership for business succession (the succession buy-out must result in a complete change in ownership where the candidate will assume full control of the business).

Business must not be on the list of ineligible businesses.

Job creation

New businesses must create at least one full-time job for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (not including relatives).

More job creation will be awarded more points. Jobs must be created for Canadian citizens or permanent residents (not including relatives) for a period of at least 6 months.

For business succession, job creation is not required.

Community support letter Candidates must have a Community Support Letter from a participating rural Alberta community.

Table 2. Factors that increase your chances

Economic Benefit Business succession
Age 21 to 49
Spouse Your spouse/common-law partner has one of the following:
  • completed at least one year of full-time post-secondary education (Certificate, Associate Degree, Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree or higher) or
  • a minimum level Canadian Language Benchmark 4 in English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens 4 in French in all four language abilities (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking). Language test results must be less than 2 years old at the time the Expression of Interest is submitted.
Alberta relative Relatives are defined as father, step-father, mother, step-mother, child, step-child, sister, step-sister, brother, step-brother of candidate or spouse or common-law partner

Table 3. Rural Entrepreneur Stream Points Grid

Criteria Descriptions Points
Rural Factor (25 points)
Business Location

(Maximum of 25 points)

Mandatory requirement

Rural Community

Community outside the Edmonton and Calgary Census Metropolitan Areas and under 100,000 population size (mandatory minimum)

Tier 1: Less than 10,000 population 25
Tier 2: 10,001 to 50,000 population 17
Tier 3: 50,001 to 99,999 population 10


You are not eligible to apply under the AAIP Farm Stream if you:

  • have an active nomination that has not expired and/or is eligible for extension under another AAIP stream. Candidates are only eligible for one AAIP Nomination Certificate.
  • have been issued a letter on a previous AAIP application that stated you are not eligible to re-apply to the AAIP for a specified period of time. If you apply during the specified period, it will be declined.
  • have had a removal order issued against you by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or Canada Border Services Agency.
  • are a refugee claimant or an individual involved in a federal appeal or removal process. The AAIP does not intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal
  • are a foreign national living or working in Canada with no valid temporary resident status.
  • have a business is on the list of ineligible businesses