Alberta Significantly Reduces the Number of Occupations Eligible for an LMIA

Alberta Significantly Reduces the Number of Occupations Eligible for an LMIA

Alberta-specific Immigration News
Refusal to Process List Significantly expanded
Shortly on the heels of the Government of Canada announcing the increased Immigration levels plan, the province of Alberta has significantly limited the number of occupations that will be eligible for LMIAs.

What does this mean?

If your National Occupation Classification (NOC) is not on the list of 27 (or eligible for one of the exemptions), your employer cannot apply for an LMIA in the province of Alberta.

The full list of eligible occupations that can be found here, but include many tech occupations, graphic designers, some agricultural workers and a few management occupations:

List of exempt occupations that will be processed:
Number National Occupational Classification code Positions eligible for processing
Management occupations
1 0213 Computer and information systems managers
2 0432 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
3 0821 Managers in agriculture
Natural and applied sciences related occupations
4 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
5 2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
6 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
7 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
8 2173 Software engineers and designers
9 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
10 2175 Web designers and developers
11 2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
12 2281 Computer network technicians
13 2283 Information systems testing technicians
Health occupations
14 3111 Specialist physicians
15 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
16 4011 University professors and lecturers
17 4312 Firefighters
18 4411 Home child care providers
19 4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
20 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
21 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
Trade, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
22 7371 Crane operators (only All-Terrain Crane Operators)
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
23 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
24 8431 General farm workers
25 8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
26 8611 Harvesting labourers
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
27 9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers


As of November 2, 2020 and until further notice, Alberta’s ESDC office will refuse to process LMIAs if the position an employer is seeking to fill is not listed above, unless there is an exemption.


You can access the full, up-to-date list of still processed occupations, continue to monitor the official website here, as the above list was printed from the November 2nd announcement and is subject to change without notice.

What are the exemptions to the refusal to process?

1) Short-term Duration technical work
2) LMIA applications supporting Permanent residence (or Dual Intent LMIAs)
3) Global Talent Stream
4) In-home caregiver positions

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