Today, Saskatchewan Government announced a new pilot program under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). This new pilot program will be aiming to deal with hard-to-fill positions in the province. This new pilot program was announced by Immigration and Career Training Minister, Jeremy Harrison. This new pilot program will launch in December 2021.
Press release by Government of Saskatchewan mentioned that “The eligible jobs under this pilot will allow for application of low and entry level positions, and may require on-the-job training, but are critical for businesses to continue to operate and grow. The sectors with the highest labour demands include health, manufacturing, agriculture, ag-tech, construction, hospitality and retail.”
Eligibility for applicants under the Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot:
- Have a full-time, permanent offer of employment and SINP job approval letter for an eligible occupation from a registered Saskatchewan employer;
- Meet a minimum Canadian Official Language proficiency level; and
- Meet the minimum educational and work experience requirements, which includes having at least one year of work experience in the same occupation as the job offer or six-months work experience in that job in Saskatchewan.
“The demand for labour in our province is strong, and it’s only going to increase with the significant economic projects recently announced in Saskatchewan. “This new Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot – developed in Saskatchewan for Saskatchewan – is progress on our autonomy discussions with the federal government and is going to help provide employers with greater access to international options to recruit workers. This is in addition to record investments into training and upskilling our provincial workforce, as we enter a period of strong growth coming out of the global pandemic.”Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison