Are you a foreign skilled worker who’s applying for work, so you can immigrate to Saskatchewan? Are you in the discovery phase of choosing Canada, however, you haven't chosen a province or territory for your new life here?
Saskatchewan’s job prospects are growing every year and even through this multi-year pandemic event. If you’re a foreign skilled worker, then this Canadian province’s Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) enhanced with Express Entry (See the SINP & Express Entry programs), and Express Entry are worth your time in finding out more about Saskatchewan’s immigration programs, and the related programs mentioned.
This was released December 3rd, 2021 by Saskatchewan government site: "In November 2021, there were 562,500 people employed, an increase of 10,100 jobs compared to November 2020.
Saskatchewan’s employment increased by 1.8 per cent, ranked eighth among the provinces. The national average increased by 4.2 per cent.
In the rest of Western Canada, Alberta's employment was up by 4.8 per cent, British Columbia and Manitoba were also up 4.1 and 4.3 per cent respectively when comparing November 2020 to November 2021 (seasonally-unadjusted)."
What is Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker Hard-To-Fill Pilot Program?
On November 25th, 2021, Saskatchewan introduced a new pilot program for highly skilled workers looking to immigrate to Canada.
The program is under the SINP, and is designed to help employers in Saskatchewan recruit skilled workers through a variety of international recruitment activities, and place them in valuable, entry-level positions that have previously been difficult for businesses to fill.
For more information for international businesses/business owners/investors see Canadian Business Immigration and Provincial Business Programs.
Who is Eligible for the Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot Program?
At this time, there are currently 23 National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes that are eligible to apply for the Hard-To-Fill Skills pilot program. See the NOC list.
These codes include:
- 1521 – Shippers & Receivers
- 1525 – Dispatchers
- 3413 – Nurse aides, orderlies & patient service associates
- 3414 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
- 4412 – Home support workers, housekeepers & related occupations
- 6513 – Food & beverage workers
- 6525 – Hotel front desk clerks
- 6711 – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers & related support occupations
- 6713 – Light duty cleaners
- 6733 – Janitors, caretakers & building superintendents
- 7452 – Material handlers
- 7511 – Transport truck drivers
- 7521 – Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
- 7611 – Construction trades helpers & labourers
- 8431 – General farm workers
- 9416 – Metalworking & forging machine operators
- 9431 – Sawmill machine operators
- 9461 – Process control and machine operators, food, beverage & associated processing
- 9526 – Mechanical assemblers & inspectors
- 9536 – Industrial painters, coaters & metal finishing process operators
- 9612 – Labourers in metal fabrications
- 9617 – Labourers in food, beverage & associated products processing
- 9619 – Other labourers in processing, manufacturing & utilities
Additional Candidate Eligibility Requirements
In addition to having an occupation within one of the eligible NOC codes, candidates must also:
- Take the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and score a minimum of 4 (certain employers may internally require a higher score);
- Provide a Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) job approval letter;
- Provide proof of equivalent education to a Canadian GED certificate;
- Have a permanent, full-time offer of employment from an eligible employer within Saskatchewan;
- Provide proof of any licensing that is mandatory for the employment offer;
- Have at least one year of practical work experience performing the same occupation as listed in their employment offer;
- Have at least six months of practical work experience dealing directly with the Saskatchewan employer
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How Do You Apply for the Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot Program?
If you believe that you could be eligible for the Hard-To-Fill Skills pilot program, you should start by scheduling a meeting with one of our experienced Canadian immigration lawyers.
Our team at My Visa Source will be able to give you direction on whether or not you may be eligible for the Hard-To-Fill Skills pilot program, based on your potential employment opportunity in Saskatchewan.
If you’re searching for work relating to this pilot program, then an employer will need to provide you with a job approval letter from the SINP before you will be eligible to begin the application process.
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