Rural Renewal Immigration Stream

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NEW CHANGES: Effective September 7, 2023, the County & Town of Barrhead will only issue municipal endorsement letters to temporary foreign workers already in Canada with a valid work permit.  Find more information below.
 
Employer fees are illegal.  It is illegal for an employer to charge a fee of any kind in return for a job offer letter.  Read more about employer fraud below.  
 
County of Barrhead is proud to have partnered with the Town of Barrhead to become a designated community under the Rural Renewal stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). This program aims to support our local businesses that struggle with attracting & retaining employees. Click here to see available positions under the program!
 
AAIP is a provincial economic immigration program that nominates individuals for permanent residency in Alberta.  The Rural Renewal program will support economic development by attracting qualified newcomers to fill full-time, permanent positions in the County & Town of Barrhead. Participants in the program can receive nomination for permanent residency, which will allow them to stay working, living, and contributing to our community.  
 
Program Process
 
Employer Eligibility
Employers must meet all employer eligibility criteria prior to issuing an offer of employment.
  • Must be incorporated / registered & operate within the County or Town of Barrhead
  • Job must have been available to Canadians first, at the same pay and working conditions
    • Demonstrated efforts to recruit locally, provincially, and nationally
  • Provide a welcoming work environment
  • Select occupations are not eligible for this program, please see eligibility criteria linked above.
  • Vacant position must be:
    • Full-time (minimum 30 hours per week)
    • Continuing (12 months or more)
    • Non-seasonal (year-round)
    • Conducted solely within the County or Town of Barrhead
    • Wages & benefits meet or exceed lowest starting wage for occupation across all industries in Alberta, as set out in the ALIS website
How to Become an Enrolled Employer
To sign up, employers must submit the following documentation to avanderwekken@countybarrhead.ab.ca: 
Please note that candidate must apply directly to employers, not the County of Barrhead.  
 
Candidate Eligibility
Applicants to the program must meet all candidate eligibility criteria before applying for job posting. 
Candidates must:
  • Have minimum 12 months full-time work experience in the last 18 months (in Canada or abroad)
  • Speak English proficiently and pass a fluency test
  • Have completed minimum of high school education (equivalent to Canadian standard)
  • Demonstrate sufficient funds to support themselves and their family 
Applicants that meet the criteria must apply for a job directly to the employer.  Eligible employers with vacant positions are posted here.
 
Please Note: At this time, only temporary foreign workers already living in Canada are eligible to receive a municipal endorsement letter from the Barrhead Community.  Candidates currently outside Canada or candidates without a valid work permit will not be eligible to receive municipal endorsement in BarrheadCandidates must have a valid work permit, be legally permitted to work in Canada, and have a job offer from an eligible business before applying to this program.
 
By focusing on candidates already working in Canada, employers will be able to fill positions sooner, as candidates can start work while waiting for applications to be reviewed. 
 
Municipal endorsement letters issued prior to September 7, 2023 remain valid.
 
Job Offers & Endorsement
Once a candidate receives a job offer, the employer will give a copy of the job offer to the County of Barrhead to issue a letter of endorsement.  
 
AAIP requires that job offers are signed by the employer & employee, and must state that the position offers:
  • Continuous, paid work in the County or Town of Barrhead
  • Full-time work for 12 months or more
  • Wages & benefits that meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for your occupation
AAIP Nomination
Once a candidate receives a job offer and is endorsed by the municipality, they can submit an application & all required documentation through the AAIP Online Portal.  There is a non-refundable application fee for this stream.  Click here to see what to do after you are nominated.
 
Employer Fraud
It is illegal for employers to charge candidates a fee of any kind in return of job offers or employment letters.  If an employer is charging you a fee for job offers, endorsement letters, or other documents, we encourage you to report this as employer fraud:
  • If you are currently a Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada, contact the Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office:
  • If you are a foreign national living outside Canada, contact Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
 
Rural Renewal FAQ
Yes. The County & Town of Barrhead have partnered to run the Rural Renewal Stream in our community, with the County acting as administrative lead.  This means that the County of Barrhead reviews employer enrollment & drafts municipal endorsement letters for businesses & candidates in both the County & Town of Barrhead.  

The County & Town of Barrhead cannot issue endorsement letters directly to candidates without an eligible job offer in the community.  A candidate's first step is to apply for a job directly to an eligible employer.  
 
Prospective candidates should follow application details listed in each job posting.  Once a job is offered, the employer will send a copy of the offer letter to the County of Barrhead.  At that point, the County will review eligibility and write the endorsement letter.

No. The Rural Renewal Stream gives employers the opportunity to waive LMIA requirements for job vacancies by requiring an endorsement letter from the municipality.  An LMIA is not required for employers who recruit vacant positions through this program.  

Provincially, the Rural Renewal Stream is open to candidates in Canada or abroad. 
 
However, at this time the Barrhead Community will only issue endorsement letters to candidates that are already in Canada with valid temporary status.  Candidates outside Canada will not be reviewed for a municipal endorsement letter (see "Candidate Endorsement" above for more information).  

Both employer and employee still have rights under the Employment Standards Code.  Should employer or employee choose to end the employment agreement, the employer must follow employment standards and regulations to terminate their employment.  If employment is terminated, it is the responsibility of the employer to notify the County of Barrhead, who will then notify AAIP of the employee's change in employment status.