Canada’s provinces with programs exclusively for semi- and low-skilled workers


Alberta Opportunity Stream

Candidates with a job offer from an Alberta employer and who live and work in Alberta may apply for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program nomination.

Eligible occupations
At the time of submitting your application, you are employed in your ‘current occupation’.
Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AAIP.

Your job must also be related to your field of study in Alberta if you have a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).



Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Workers in select occupations in the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, food processing, or healthcare sectors can apply for permanent residence under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category. Please note that this category does not have an Express Entry BC option.


International Skilled Worker Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot

The workers in this category are low-skilled workers in high-demand occupations who meet the following requirements:
• They have an offer of employment in Saskatchewan.
• They meet the subcategory criteria.
A job offers for a permanent, full-time position in Saskatchewan that has been approved by SINP. To prove your eligibility, you will need a SINP Job

                                                             Nova Scotia

Occupations in Demand

This stream focuses on occupations that have a high demand in Nova Scotia’s labour market, including NOC C and D occupations. Using labour market information, the Office of Immigration identifies occupations that are in demand. Eligible occupations are subject to change.
You’ve been offered a full-time permanent position by an employer in either


OINP Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream

Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills allows foreign workers who have a job offer in specific in-demand occupations such as in agriculture, construction, trucking, and personal support work to apply to live and work permanently in Ontario. Both foreign workers inside and outside of Canada can apply for this stream.
To be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence, you must first register in the OINP’s Expression of Interest System and receive an invitation to apply.

You must then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) if you are nominated. IRCC makes the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident

Prince Edward Island

Critical Workers

You can apply for permanent residency through the Critical Worker stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) if you are currently employed there. In PEI’s Critical Worker stream, employers are allowed to fill intermediate-skilled positions that aren’t fillable on the local job market.

Intermediate Experience Stream

You can apply for permanent residency through the Intermediate Experience stream (formerly called the NOC C Initiative) of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). PEI’s Intermediate Experience stream is employer-driven and allows Island employers to fill intermediate-skilled positions that they cannot fill through the local job market.

Occupations in Demand

The Occupations in Demand stream is a program that allows employers to fill specific positions that cannot be filled by the local job market. This stream can be utilized both within and outside of Canada.
An employer on PEI has offered you a full-time, non-seasonal permanent job in either

 NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates);
 NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers);
 NOC 7611 (Construction trades helpers and labourers); or
 NOC 6731 (Light duty cleaners).


Critical impact Worker stream

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) of the job offer determines your stream:
• NOC Skill Level C or D occupations fall under the Critical Impact Worker stream; and
• NOC Skill Levels 0, A, and B fall under the Skilled Worker stream.
You would apply to the Critical Impact Worker stream if, for instance, you have been given an offer to work as a Food Counter Attendant (NOC code 6711).
Northwest Territories
Entry Level/Semi-Skilled Occupations

The Entry Level/Semi-Skilled Occupations helps employers fill shortages for entry-level jobs when they cannot find a Canadian candidate locally or nationally for a position.
To be eligible, foreign nationals must have worked fulltime in the same position with the employer for six months and be in good standing with the requirements of their temporary foreign work permit.

Alberta Opportunity Stream – Eligibility |
WelcomeBC / Immigrate to BC – WelcomeBC
Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot | International Skilled Worker | Government of Saskatchewan
OINP Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream |
Office of Immigration | Government of Prince Edward Island
Immigrate to the Yukon | Government of Yukon
Entry Level/Semi-Skilled Occupations | Northwest Territories Nominee Program (