Rural Renewal Stream
The Town of Hinton is proud to be a Designated Community under the Rural Renewal Stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.
Hinton's Rural Renewal Stream Program opened for applications from Hinton employers with recruitment needs on January 16, 2023.
The Program aims to help Hinton employers fill local labour gaps and retain newcomer employees in Hinton by connecting them and their families to local services and community support. The Program endorses eligible newcomers as candidates for nomination by the Alberta government for fast-tracked Canadian Permanent Residency. The endorsement of a Designated Community is a prerequisite to participate in the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.
This page explains the process for employers and newcomer employees to participate in Hinton’s Rural Renewal Stream Program: what is needed to be eligible, how to apply, and what happens after Hinton endorses an employee.
What the Program does: The Program provides the endorsement of a Designated Community to candidates applying to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program, a start on the road to fast-tracked Canadian Permanent Residency. This valuable endorsement helps employers recruit foreign nationals for jobs in Hinton that they otherwise cannot fill with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. At the same time, the Program connects the newcomers to community services and supports, so they not only stay in Hinton, but thrive here.
What the Program does not do: The Program does not match foreign nationals to potential employers, recruit employees, perform job searches or take resumes, keep a bank of available jobs, provide settlement services, or otherwise advise or aid anyone to immigrate to Canada.
Rural Renewal Stream
821 Switzer Drive,
Hinton AB T7V 1V1
Employers that wish to fill job vacancies and retain employees through the Hinton Rural Renewal Stream Program must meet a set of criteria and offer employment in an approved job. Employers must:
- Be incorporated or registered by or under a provincial, territorial, or federal act and have an operating location within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Hinton or within commuting distance in Ward 8 of Yellowhead County.
- Meet eligibility criteria under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program's Rural Renewal Stream prior to applying to the Hinton Rural Renewal Stream Program (employers should review all available information carefully.)
- Not be offering work that is ineligible under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (see ineligible occupations.)
- Offer a job or employment contract for full-time, continuous, paid work in Hinton or the area:
- Full-time work is a minimum of 30 hours per week.
- Continuous means for 12 months or longer
- Pay and benefits must equal or be greater than the lowest starting wage for the occupation averaged across Alberta.
- “Hinton or area” means the Town of Hinton and parts of Ward 8 of Yellowhead County.
- Make a proven effort to recruit locally and provincially, making the job available to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents at the same pay and working conditions.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to welcome newcomers to a safe and welcoming workplace, including knowledge of employer responsibilities under federal and provincial laws and regulations. The following resources can help employers learn what’s required for participating in the program:
- The Employer’s Roadmap – Hiring & Retaining Internationally Trained Workers
- Employers Guide – Attracting & Retaining Immigrants
- Safe and welcoming workplaces - visit alis.ca
What happens when you hire a newcomer? The new employee applies to be a candidate in the Program independently. If approved, they receive their Endorsement Letter personally, which they will attach to their Alberta Advantage Immigration Program application. Letters are job- and person-specific, so the Program will not transfer a Letter to the next employee hired for the approved job if the first employee quits. However, the employer and job approvals do not expire if terms and conditions don’t change, so any new employee in the job can always apply to the Program.
Applying to the Hinton Rural Renewal Stream Program can be confusing, but the process map below outlines employer, candidate, and Program tasks in order. Employers that meet the criteria should submit a completed Employer Application Form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need help? If you need help or have questions about any part of the employer application process, email email@example.com. If the fillable Employer Application Form PDF is not compatible with your computer, you can also print a copy, fill it out, scan it with your documents, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org OR mail/drop off to Hinton Rural Renewal Stream Program, 821 Switzer Drive, Hinton AB T7V 1V1 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon-Fri.
As part of the employer application, job(s) are reviewed and approved. Jobs can only be of the type outlined above and are then categorized as either routine jobs or jobs requiring specialized qualifications. These are described below.
Job Approval Limits. Due to current application volumes, the Program can approve each employer only for a maximum of three jobs per calendar year for any one business location. Employers with an operational need to fill a higher number of jobs in a short period through this Program (such as to staff a large crew on short notice) should contact the Program to discuss a potential exemption to the limit.
Routine Jobs. All jobs approvable for the Hinton Rural Renewal Stream Program are routine unless they require specialized qualifications. Routine jobs include positions up to and including managers. At this time, individuals hired for routine jobs can apply to be a candidate in the Program only if they:
- Have a valid Canadian work permit.
- Have a job offer or an employment contract from an approved employer signed by them and the employer.
- Can show they have secured housing in Hinton or area.
The individual hired for a routine job does not have to be physically in Hinton to apply to be a candidate in the Program, but they will need to pick up their Endorsement Letter in person in Hinton and show identification with proof they have secured housing in Hinton or area.
Jobs Requiring Specialized Qualifications. Some employers need to recruit individuals to fill jobs that require specialized qualifications, and these may not yet be in Canada. The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program is designed to assist businesses in recruiting and hiring skilled labour so Alberta employers get the workforce they need and will take applications from recruits still in their home country.
In this Program, a job requiring specialized qualifications can be filled only by an individual who is qualified with at least two of the following:
- Post-secondary education or technical credential or certificate recognized in Canada.
- An examined and licensed professional or tradesperson regulated by a Canadian provincial, territorial, or federal act (e.g., professional engineer, medical practitioner, lawyer, teacher, plumber, welder.)
- A senior practitioner with experience and knowledge greater than someone simply certified.
- A rare combination of two or more skill sets (e.g., teaching chef, industrial utility operator, flight paramedic, underwater welder, etc.)
Typically, a job requiring specialized qualifications pays a higher salary than a routine job, commensurate with a unique and valuable skill level, e.g., $60,000/year or more.
Candidates hired for these jobs do not have to pick up their Endorsement Letters in person, but they will be required to meet briefly with the Program on arrival in Hinton and show identification to keep the job approval valid.
Are you hoping to be a candidate? Find a list of employers approved through the Hinton Rural Renewal Stream here.
Find job opportunities in the area by clicking on "Hinton" at the Canada Job Bank for Alberta.
Before applying to this Program, candidates should review and understand all requirements under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program to ensure they can access the provincial program once endorsed.
To be endorsed by Hinton, candidates must have:
- A job offer or employment contract from an approved employer for an approved job signed by both parties (see the Job Approvals section and the link above to the list of approved employers.)
- A valid Canadian work permit (for routine jobs) or the minimum qualifications to legally execute the duties of a job requiring specialized qualifications.
- Evidence that they have housing in Hinton (when employed in a routine job) or will have on arrival (when taking a job requiring specialized qualifications).
To apply, candidates complete a Candidate Questionnaire and attach a copy of their job offer or employment contract along with copies of their work permit or resume (depending on the job category), their housing evidence, and identification. Applying to the Hinton Rural Renewal Stream Program can be confusing, but the process map below outlines employer, candidate, and Program tasks in order.
Need help? If you need help or have questions about any part of the candidate application process, email email@example.com. If the fillable Candidate Questionnaire PDF is not compatible with your computer, you can also print a copy, fill it out, scan it with your documents, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org OR mail/drop off to Hinton Rural Renewal Stream Program, 821 Switzer Drive, Hinton AB T7V 1V1, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon-Fri.
Endorsement Letters: Approved candidates receive an Endorsement Letter to attach to their Alberta Advantage Immigration Program application. Letters do not expire but are job- and person-specific, so endorsements are invalid if the candidate takes a different job. If an endorsed candidate leaves their job before they have completed the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program process, they should contact the Hinton Program for the next steps.
Our Ongoing Commitment
The Town of Hinton sought Designated Community status in 2022 to help the Hinton economy by ensuring employers could secure needed labour for their businesses. The Program helps employees to stay and thrive in Hinton. Limits on the number of endorsements are designed to ensure Hinton’s labour force grows steadily, stably, and sustainably.
Once underway, the Program was surprised by a high number of foreign nationals already living and working in Hinton on time-limited Canadian work permits, and pivoted to prioritize those candidates who, like their employers, had already invested in the community.
In 2023, to celebrate its 100th endorsed candidate and its first anniversary, the Program hosted an Employer Networking Breakfast and a Candidate Evening Social, allowing the HRRS Committee to check in with newcomers and employers in Hinton. Supporting both groups is an ongoing commitment, which is why the Program strives to establish connections with all clients to flow information and resources anytime there’s a need.
Hinton Rural Renewal Stream Committee
The Hinton Rural Renewal Stream (RRS) Committee is a group of community stakeholder volunteers with a shared mandate of supporting Hinton area employers to a sustainable and stable labour force and helping newcomers and their families establish and thrive in Hinton.
The HRRS Committee supports the Town of Hinton with Program design and decision-making. An effective yet flexible Program can identify eligible employers, jobs, and candidates, prevent Program misuse, and respond to the changing environment of Hinton’s economy.
The Committee is made up of nine representatives from:
- Town of Hinton staff
- Hinton & District Chamber of Commerce
- Hinton Employment and Learning Place
- The Evergreens Foundation
- Alberta Supports
- Hinton and area business owners and employers
RRS Committee Resources
For further information about the Rural Renewal Stream, please email email@example.com.