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Saskatchewan’s Immigration Approach Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration

Saskatchewan’s Immigration Approach Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration

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  1. Saskatchewan’s Immigration ApproachMinistry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration

  2. Provincial Context & Approach

  3. Provincial Context • Demographic Challenges • Ageing population • Declining birth rates • Increasing retirement • Labour Market Challenges • Lowest unemployment rate in Canada • Record participation, job postings and earnings • Economy will produce ~80,000 employment opportunities over next 5 yrs. • Increasing Competition • 100% of Canada’s net labour growth from immigration as of 2011/12 • 100% of Canada’s net population growth from immigration as of 2030

  4. Provincial Approach • Provincial Labour Force Approach • Educate and Train Youth • Attract those from Across Canada • Expand Immigration • Provincial Immigration Strategy (2009) • Aims to address ~ 1/3 of the provincial labour shortage, through: • Balanced Immigration Levels • Increased Entrepreneur Immigration • Building Partnerships & Enhancing Cooperation • Effective Settlement & Retention Services • Increased Opportunities for International Education • Enhanced Program Integrity

  5. Federal & Provincial Immigration

  6. Federal Immigration Temporary Status • Visiting Canada • Temporary Resident Visa • Studying in Canada* • Temporary Resident Visa • Study Permit • Working Temporarily in Canada* • Temporary Resident Visa • Work Permit (may require LMO) * TRs may be eligible to apply for PR status from within Canada. Permanent Status • Immigrating to Canada • Permanent Resident Visa • Immigration Categories: • Economic (PNPs, FSWP, CEC, Live-in Caregivers, Investors, Entrepreneurs) • Family • Refugees / Humanitarian • Canadian Citizenship • Citizenship Certificate

  7. Provincial Immigration Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) • Federal-provincial agreement • Provincially-administered, made-in-Saskatchewan immigration program • Eligibility reflects Saskatchewan’s economic & labour market needs • SINP nominations and work permits are “fast-tracked” through Federal immigration system

  8. Provincial Immigration Labour Market Categories: • Employer-driven; nominees have the skills, experience and education to economically establish in the Province • Skilled Workers (NOC A, B or 0) • Health Professionals (healthcare professionals w/ SK experience) • Family Members (post-secondary w/ related work experience) • Students (education and in-province work experience) • Pilot projects developed with provincial associations and employers to respond to specific labour market shortages • Truck Drivers • Hospitality Business Categories • Nominees have the net worth and expertise to establish businesses or farming operations in the Province

  9. Saskatchewan Immigration Trends

  10. Immigration Trends - Landings • Low levels of immigration over last several decades (~1,750 annually) through federal classes • SINP has increased landings significantly over the past decade

  11. Immigration Trends – Country of Birth

  12. Immigration Trends - Occupation Occupations

  13. Immigration Trends - Destination

  14. Settlement and Retention Service Hubs

  15. Settlement and Retention • Over 2000 - 2008, SK’s retention rate for Provincial Nominees was 86% - these nominees continued to reside in SK. • Retention factors determined recent federal program evaluation for Provincial Nominees include: • Extent of economic establishment • Knowledge of official language(s) • Education • Perceived opportunity • Network of family / friends

  16. Settlement and Retention Challenges to Immigrant Integration • Recognition of international credentials and work experience. • Limited English • Social supports • Direct (social relations) • Indirect (facilitating access to services) • Cultural differences and prejudice/racism

  17. Settlement and Retention Approach to Service Delivery • Emphasis on strengths • Emphasis on timely access to relevant information and services: • Information, orientation and planning as early as possible in the immigration process • Expedited connections to relevant services based on needs identification • Flexible and accessible services

  18. Settlement and Retention Service Delivery Model

  19. Thank youTim HelfrichA/Director, Community Partnerships and Settlementtim.helfrich@gov.sk.ca