Saskatchewan announced the Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot program on November 25, 2021. Interested employers have been submitting job approval forms for this program since December 15, 2021. This program went live on January 15, 2022 and is currently accepting applications for PR. At this time, this program has no end date. Following is the list of 23 NOC codes that may be eligible to apply under this pilot program if they meeting other criteria:
**This pilot is not available to employers hiring Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations (NOC 4412) who reside in the client’s residence or their place of work.
Saskatchewan Hard to Fill Skills Eligibility:
As per SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) website, following is the eligibility for this new pilot program:
- Have at least one year work experience in the past three years (in your intended occupation); or six months full-time (780 hours) working in Saskatchewan in the job.
- Have an SINP-approved offer for a permanent, full-time job in Saskatchewan. You will need a valid SINP Job Approval Letter from your employer to show proof. The offer must be in one of above mentioned 23 NOC codes.
- Have a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
- Some employers or regulators may ask for scores that are higher than CLB 4. Click here for IELTS/CELPIP/TCF/TEF equivalency chart for CLB 4.
- Have completed the equivalent of Canadian secondary school (high school) or higher level education. If your studies were not completed in Canada, you will need to submit an Educational Credential Assessment.
- Transport truck drivers require Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) to obtain a commercial Class 1 licence to drive semi trucks in Saskatchewan. Nominations issued for NOC 7511 – Transport Truck Drivers will be conditional until proof is provided to the SINP after you arrive that you have completed MELT training and have a valid Class 1 licence. This training is done while living in Saskatchewan.
Who Cannot Apply:
Refugee claimants in Canada who are claiming refugee status from the Government of Canada.