Saskatchewan Introduces A New Canadian Immigration Program Without Requiring a Pre-arranged Job Offer


The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has implemented various changes to its program to increase efficiencies and enhance the attraction, settlement, and retention rates of provincial nominees and their families. These changes will come into effect on January 2, 2014, with the launch of a new online system for application submissions. Applications submitted prior to, or on, December 31, 2013, will be assessed under the current criteria, unless the applicant specifically requests to be considered under the new eligibility requirements.

In the new SINP program, the previous nine categories and subcategories have been reduced to 3 main categories: International Skilled Worker, Saskatchewan Experience, and Entrepreneur and Farm.

International Skilled Worker Category:

This category refers to skilled workers who wish to work and live in Saskatchewan. SINP can nominate individuals who possess the necessary education, experience, and language skills to successfully integrate into Saskatchewan’s communities. The specific criteria include:

  • SINP will be accepting 250 applications in 2014 for skilled workers without an employment offer, but whose occupations are in-demand in Saskatchewan. Specifically, these occupations must have “good” or “fair” employment prospects, as detailed in Saskatchewan’s Detailed Occupation Outlook (2013-2017) – see list of occupations below.
  • The point rating system that focuses on factors such as employment offers, education, work experience, language ability, and family connections. Points for family connections can now account for 20 percent of total points, which is higher than the former Skilled Worker Category. Through the point rating system, SINP aims at nominating skilled workers with the greatest potential of economic establishment in the province.
  • Individuals must have a minimum language score of 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). (IELTS scores of at least: Listening: 4.5​, Reading: 3.5​, Writing: 4.0​, Speaking: 4.0​)
  • If an applicant’s occupational education and work experience is in a regulated profession, they will be required to obtain the necessary Saskatchewan qualification recognition to be able to work in that profession.
  • Applicants must submit proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan if they do not have a skilled job offer from an approved Saskatchewan employer.

Saskatchewan Experience Category:

This category comprises foreign workers currently living and working in Saskatchewan. There are five streams in this category, including:

  • Existing Work Permit (no changes to criteria)
  • Health Professions (no changes to criteria)
  • Hospitality Sector Pilot Project (no changes to criteria)
  • Long Haul Truck Drivers (no changes to criteria)
  • Students (see changes below)

The changes in the Student stream include:

  • A consolidated Student sub-category that includes the Post Graduation Work Permit and the Master’s and PhD Graduate subcategories.
  • Saskatchewan graduates are now required to have a skilled job offer in Saskatchewan relevant to their education in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan (Skilled Workers/Professionals Sub-Category) or a job offer requiring post-secondary education. The work experience requirement remains 6 months.
  • Out-of-province graduates have the same requirements as Saskatchewan graduates (see above). In addition, they must work in Saskatchewan for two years prior to their application.

SINP will adjust the application intake for applicants wishing to apply under the current Student category criteria before December 31, 2013. An additional 250 applications from out-of-province graduates and 150 applications from Saskatchewan graduates will be accepted until December 31, 2013 under the current criteria. Applicants must meet all the program criteria including the work experience requirements.

These changes to the Student sub-stream aim to: address the high skilled labor shortages, ensure that nominees connect to the labor market at a level matching their education, and increase retention by raising the nominees’ connections to Saskatchewan’s labor market and communities.

Entrepreneur and Farm:

The Entrepreneur and Farm Category sub-categories will be combined into three streams: Entrepreneur, Farms Owners/Operators, and the Young Farmers sub-stream.

The following occupations have “good” or “fair’ employment prospects as per Saskatchewan’s Detailed Occupational Outlook (2013-2017)

0013 Senior managers – Financial, communications and other business services Mgt

0014 Senior managers – Health, education, social and community services and membership organizations Mgt

0015 Senior managers – Trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. Mgt

0016 Senior managers – Goods production, utilities, transportation and construction Mgt

0111 Financial managers Mgt

0112 Human resources managers Mgt

0113 Purchasing managers Mgt

0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers Mgt

0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers Mgt

0131 Telecommunication carriers managers Mgt

0211 Engineering managers Mgt

0212 Architecture and science managers Mgt

0213 Computer and information systems managers Mgt

0312 Administrators, post-secondary education and vocational training Mgt

0314 Managers in social, community and correctional services Mgt

0411 Government managers, health and social policy development and program administration Mgt

0412 Government managers, economic analysis, policy development and program administration Mgt

0413 Government managers, education policy development and program administration Mgt

0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers Mgt

0513 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors Mgt

0711 Construction managers Mgt

0713 Transportation managers Mgt

0721 Facility operation and maintenance managers Mgt

0811 Primary production managers (except agriculture) Mgt

0911 Manufacturing managers Mgt

0912 Utilities managers Mgt

1111 Financial auditors and accountants A

1112 Financial and investment analysts A

1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers A

1121 Specialists in human resources A

1221 Administrative officers B

1222 Executive assistants B

1223 Personnel and recruitment officers B

1224 Property administrators B

1225 Purchasing agents and officers B

1232 Loan officers B

1241 Secretaries (except legal and medical) B

1242 Legal secretaries B

1243 Medical secretaries B

1244 Court recorders and medical transcriptionists B

2112 Chemists A

2113 Geologists, geochemists and geophysicists A

2121 Biologists and related scientists A

2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists A

2131 Civil engineers A

2154 Land surveyors A

2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries A

2171 Information systems analysts and consultants A

2172 Database analysts and data administrators A

2173 Software Engineers and Designers A

2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers A

2175 Web designers and developers A

2211 Chemical technologists and technicians B

2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians B

2221 Biological technologists and technicians B

2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors B

2223 Forestry technologists and technicians B

2224 Conservation and fishery officers B

2225 Landscape and horticultural technicians and specialists B

2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians B

2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians B

2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians B

2234 Construction estimators B

2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians B

2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics B

2244 Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors B

2251 Architectural technologists and technicians B

2253 Drafting technologists and technicians B

2254 Land survey technologists and technicians B

2255 Mapping and related technologists and technicians B

2132 Mechanical engineers A

2133 Electrical and electronics engineers A

2134 Chemical engineers A

2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers A

2143 Mining engineers A

2144 Geological engineers A

2145 Petroleum engineers A

2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers) A

2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c. A

2151 Architects A

2153 Urban and land use planners A

2262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers B

2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety B

2264 Construction inspectors B

2281 Computer Network Technicians B

2282 User support technicians B

2283 Systems testing technicians B

3111 Specialist physicians A

3112 General practitioners and family physicians A

3113 Dentists A

3114 Veterinarians A

3121 Optometrists A

3122 Chiropractors A

3131 Pharmacists A

3132 Dietitians and nutritionists A

3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists A

3142 Physiotherapists A

3143 Occupational therapists A

3151 Head nurses and supervisors A

3152 Registered nurses A

3211 Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists’ assistants B

3212 Medical laboratory technicians B

3213 Veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians B

3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardio-pulmonary technologists B

3215 Medical radiation technologists B

3216 Medical sonographers B

3221 Denturists B

3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists B

3231 Opticians B

3232 Midwives and practitioners of natural healing B

3233 Licensed practical nurses B

4131 College and other vocational instructors A

4141 Secondary school teachers A

4142 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers A

4143 Educational counsellors A

4151 Psychologists A

4152 Social workers A

4211 Paralegal and related occupations B

4212 Community and social service workers B

4213 Employment counsellors B

5111 Librarians A

5124 Professional occupations in public relations and communications A

5241 Graphic designers and illustrators B

5242 Interior designers B

6221 Technical sales specialists, wholesale trade B

6231 Insurance agents and brokers B

6272 Funeral directors and embalmers B

7211 Supervisors, machinists and related occupations B

7212 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

7213 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades B

7214 Contractors and supervisors, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades B

7215 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades B

7216 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades B

7217 Contractors and supervisors, heavy construction equipment crews B

7219 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers B

7221 Supervisors, railway transport operations B

7222 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators B

7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors B

7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system) B

7242 Industrial electricians B

7243 Power system electricians B

7244 Electrical power line and cable workers B

7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers B

7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers B

7251 Plumbers B

7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers B

7253 Gas fitters B

7261 Sheet metal workers B

7262 Boilermakers B

7263 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters B

7264 Ironworkers B

7265 Welders and related machine operators B

7271 Carpenters B

7272 Cabinetmakers B

7281 Bricklayers B

7282 Concrete finishers B

7283 Tilesetters B

7284 Plasterers, drywall installers, finishers and lathers B

7291 Roofers and shinglers B

7292 Glaziers B

7293 Insulators B

7294 Painters and decorators B

7295 Floor covering installers B

7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (except textile) B

7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics B

7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics B

7314 Railway carmen B

7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors B

7316 Machine fitters B

7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics B

7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers B

7322 Motor vehicle body repairers B

7332 Electric appliance servicers and repairers B

7333 Electrical mechanics B

7334 Motorcycle and other related mechanics B

7335 Other small engine and equipment mechanics B

7342 Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners B

7344 Jewellers, watch repairers and related occupations B

7352 Power systems and power station operators B

7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers B

7371 Crane operators B

7373 Water well drillers B

7381 Printing press operators B

8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying B

8222 Supervisors, oil and gas drilling and service B

8231 Underground production and development miners B

8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers B

8241 Logging machinery operators B

8252 Agricultural and related service contractors and managers B

8253 Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers B

8254 Nursery and greenhouse operators and managers B

8255 Landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors and managers B

8256 Supervisors, landscape and horticulture B

9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing B

9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities B

9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and tobacco processing B

9215 Supervisors, forest products processing B

9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing B

9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly B

9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing B

9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators B

To learn more on Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program click here.

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