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Making Immigration Work for Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association (SEDA) February 22-23, 2006. Overview. Saskatchewan Immigration Branch Options for Saskatchewan employers looking to hire foreign workers Provincial Program: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

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making immigration work for saskatchewan

Making Immigration Work for Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association (SEDA)

February 22-23, 2006

  • Saskatchewan Immigration Branch
  • Options for Saskatchewan employers looking to hire foreign workers
    • Provincial Program: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
    • Federal Programs
  • SINP-Skilled Worker
    • Employers
  • SINP Family members category
immigration branch activities
Immigration Branch Activities

1.Strengthen economic immigration recruitment

  • Administer Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Provide policy recommendations to government and advice to employers on use of foreign labour (temporary and permanent)

2. Improve immigrant and refugee services

  • Facilitate labour market attachment, settlement and retention
options for sk employers provincial program
Options for SK Employers: Provincial Program

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

  • The SINP is a Saskatchewan designed and administered economic immigration program
    • Saskatchewan selects a number of skilled or business immigrants to meet provincial needs
      • 2005-2006 Fiscal Year— Target of 400 Nominations (approx. 1200 people including spouses and dependents)
options for sk employers federal programs
Options for SK Employers: Federal Programs
  • Skilled Worker Class
    • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
    • Website:
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    • Administered by Service Canada and CIC
    • Foreign Worker Program:

2045 Broad Street, Regina, SK S4P 2N6

Phone # (306) 780-3907


how the sinp works
How the SINP works

Two Step Immigration Process

  • Step # 1 – Applicant(s) complete federal and provincial applications
    • Immigration Branch reviews
    • If approved, Branch provides nomination certificate to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and nomination letter to applicant
  • Step #2 – Applicant(s) submit federal forms to CIC
    • CIC considers application after receiving a provincial nomination certificate
    • CIC does health, security and criminality reviews and issues visas to nominees and family members
sinp advantages
SINP Advantages
  • “Made in Saskatchewan” immigration program
    • Specific provincial priorities and selection criteria
  • SINP nominations and work permits are “fast-tracked” through federal immigration
  • Economic Immigration Advisors available to assist potential immigrants and employers
  • Promotes the Province of Saskatchewan to potential immigrants
sinp categories
SINP Categories

1) Skilled Worker

2) Business

3) Farmer Owner/Operator

4) Health Professionals

5) Foreign Student Post-Graduation Work Permit

6) Family Members

7) Long Haul Truck Driver Project

overview of skilled worker category
Overview of Skilled Worker Category
  • Early 2005 announced expansion of SINP Skilled Worker Category
    • Designated Skill Shortage List ELIMINATED;
    • Move from 12 to approx. 250 NOC* occupational titles;
    • Employers can now hire qualified immigrants for jobs representing about 45% of Saskatchewan’s labour market;
    • This covers about 200,000 jobs in the province.

* NOC - The National Occupational Classification is a system for describing the occupations of Canadians. It gives statisticians, labour market analysts, career counselors, employers and individual job seekers a standardized way of describing and understanding the nature of work.

skilled worker category
Skilled Worker Category
  • Have a confirmed permanent full-time offer of employment with a Saskatchewan employer [Wages, benefits and conditions of employment must be the same as offered to Canadians with similar skills and experience]
overview of family members category
Overview of Family Members Category
  • December 2005, the SINP expanded to include a Family Members category
    • Canadian citizens and Permanent residents who are and have resided in Saskatchewan for the past year, can support their families to live and work in Saskatchewan
family members category
Family member (non-resident of Canada):

Be between the ages of 18-49;

Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship;

Have at least one year of work experience in your field of education/training;

Have sufficient language capability to be employable in Saskatchewan;

Economic resources:

Full time permanent job offer, OR

Settlement funds ($10, 000 principal applicant and $2000 for each accompanying dependent)

Family member in SK:

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada who has lived in Saskatchewan for the past year;

Financially self-supporting; and

Provide an affidavit of support for family member

Family Members Category
sinp and employers
SINP and Employers
  • Expanded Skilled Worker category is more responsive to the needs of employers
  • Employers determine what occupations to recruit internationally
    • SINP may be able to provide assistance for linkages overseas:
      • Employment agencies, training and education institutions
        • Examples:
          • Ukraine: Kyiv Youth Labour Centre (KYLC)
          • Germany: ZAV
      • International missions/fairs
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SINP and Employers
  • Provide new options for communities and employers to become directly involved in attracting and retaining immigrants (i.e. additional points for applicant)
    • Community Support Plan –Employers and/or community groups can support the settlement of nominees by bringing together community representatives and addressing settlement needs*
    • Employer Settlement Support –Employers directly assist prospective nominees with settlement needs*

*e.g., language training, spousal employment, housing, transportation, schools, etc.

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SINP and Employers
  • A new option for applicants without formal occupational certification – The employer must verify competencies by means of an affidavit
  • Applicants with limited language ability – Employers must verify language level by means of an affidavit
  • Reduce paper work for employers – less onerous employer application.