The Saskatchewan government is broadening the options available under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) in an effort to further assist worker retention in the provincial job market.
Certain work permit holders employed in TEER 4 and 5 jobs in the province will now be able to apply for permanent residency through the SINP Existing Work Permit stream.
Through expansion, foreign-trained workers in intermediate- and lower-skilled positions will be able to apply for permanent residency now.
Previously, the Existing Work Permit stream was exclusively open to individuals working in designated trades and high-skilled occupations.
What are the new occupations added?
A total of 279 occupations, including farm labourers, truck drivers, retail salespeople, nurse assistants, and equipment operators, are now eligible for SINP.
Newly eligible workers can now pursue permanent residency if they have worked in the province and meet the remaining program requirements, which include meeting language requirements and having a permanent, full-time job offer.
We (INC News) reached out to the Immigration Services branch to access the list of newly approved occupations and below is the response from the ministry, as we quote:
“All TEER 4 and TEER 5 NOCs are eligible under the EWP sub-category, except for those listed on the website, which now include transport truck drivers and hospitality workers eligible under the Hospitality Sector Project.”
In order to apply under the newly expanded stream, candidates must possess one of the following:
- an eligible work permit,
- a Francophone Mobility Work Permit,
- a Labour Market Impact Assessment-Supported Work Permit, or
- in the case of recently arrived Ukrainians, a Canadian Ukrainian Authorization for Emergency Travel visa.
Saskatchewan Adds Over 19,000 New Jobs
Saskatchewan’s robust economy is still expanding, as per the latest Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey.
Compared to October 2022, 19,300 additional jobs were created in the province.
Furthermore, as of October 2023, Saskatchewan had the lowest unemployment rate of all the provinces at 4.4%, significantly lower than the seasonally adjusted national average of 5.7%.
In comparison with October of last year, employment increased in both of the province’s largest cities:
- Regina experienced a gain of 10,600 jobs, or 7.6%, and
- Saskatoon saw an increase of 8,500 jobs, or 4.4%.