The Rural Renewal Stream offers eligible workers an opportunity to immigrate to our Region as a Provincial Nominee with the formal support of the Brooks Newell Region. We will use the program to attract and retain newcomers to our Region and fill labour vacancies. This will help employers meet their labour demands, expand our skilled workforce, and contribute towards community growth.


Interested in the program? Read the information below to learn more about the steps in the process and what you need to do as a business or as a potential employee, to participate in the program. To view the process map of the Rural Renewal Stream, click here.

Employer Eligibility

Employers that wish to fill workforce gaps using the Rural Renewal Stream must meet a series of criteria, as well as demonstrate that the job offer is a genuine offer of employment in an eligible occupation.

Employers must be incorporated, or registered by or under, an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business within the municipal boundaries of the Brooks Newell Region (County of Newell).

Job offers or contracts must be signed by the employee and employer, and must offer:
- continuous, paid work in the Brooks Newell Region (not in a ‘virtual’ location by telecommuting from a location outside the Region), 
- full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week, 
- employment for 12 months or more, and
- wages and benefits that meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta.

Job Opportunities must be available to Canadians first, at the same pay and working conditions. Although most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AAIP, there are some ineligible occupations (click here to review).

*Employers CANNOT request payment from a candidate to participate in this program or reimbursement for recruitment-related fees.

Business owners/managers that meet these criteria and would like to participate in the Rural Renewal Stream should contact the Economic Development team at to discuss next steps.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants that wish to live and work in the Brooks Newell Region, must meet a series of criteria, receive a bona fide offer from an eligible employer, get endorsed by the Brooks Newell Region, and apply using the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program portal.

Prior to applying for an employment opportunity, candidates are encouraged to review, understand and ensure they meet all eligibility requirements under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. There are requirements for Job Experience, Education, Language, Financial Security, etc. and those that do not meet the eligibility will not progress through the program. Candidates that are currently living in Canada are only eligible if they have legal status in Canada.

Once a candidate is confident they meet the eligibility requirements, they may apply for employment. Employment opportunities are are listed here and applications must be made directly to the employer.

Once you receive a bona fide job offer from an employer, your employer will present the job offer to the Brooks Newell Region Workforce Development Committee to receive endorsement. The Committee will review the job offer and prioritize candidates for endorsement who are most likely to successfully settle and remain residing in the Region. The Committee may limit the number of recommendations issued by NOC (2016) group or occupation, or by employer. 

Upon receiving an Endorsement of Candidate letter from the Brooks Newell Region, the candidate can then submit their application through the AAIP Portal. There is a non-refundable application fee for this stream. The application will be reviewed and the candidate will be notified by the Government of Alberta if they are eligible for nomination. At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must intend to and be able to work, reside, and settle in the Brooks Newell Region.


While the permanent residency application is being processed, the candidate can request a 204(c) Letter of Support to apply for a temporary work permit to start working in the designated community. 


Click here to review current employment opportunities that are available from eligible employers in the Brooks Newell Region.