Saskatchewan is a prairie province known as the land of the living skies: one look up will reveal incredible sunsets and beautiful cloud formations. There’s more to this province than just the sky however. Saskatchewanians (as residents of the province are called) are very friendly and welcoming. Although large cities like Regina and Saskatoon are urban in nature, the province is fairly easy to get around and navigate from big cities to smaller towns. Agriculture is a big part of the economy in Saskatchewan and while the winters can be cold, the landscape and lifestyle are impressive. It has been voted one of the best places to snowmobile, so obviously winter activities keep residents of the province busy and Saskatoon has also often been voted one of the more travel-worthy destinations in Canada.
Occupations in the province are diverse with the growth in the mining industry, energy, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale and technology. The list of in-demand jobs is extensive with a focus on those in construction, trades, agriculture, and technology.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (Saskatchewan PNP) is all about attracting immigrants to the province who want to settle and contribute to the province for the long term. There are three categories in the Saskatchewan PNP, each with its own sub-categories:
The International Skilled Worker Category is for those who want to live and work in Saskatchewan. Applicants must score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points on the SINP points assessment grid. This category includes:
- International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer is for those with a job offer in skilled occupations from an eligible Saskatchewan employer.
- International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand is for those who do not have a job offer but are highly skilled in an in-demand occupation as defined by the province.
- International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry – is for those who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool and have skilled work experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan.
All skilled workers looking to immigrate to Saskatchewan under the SINP’s Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry sub-categories are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile to demonstrate their skills and qualifications.
The Saskatchewan Experience Category is for those who are already living in Saskatchewan and want to continue to live and work in the province. These applicants have worked in the province for at least six months except students who must have worked in the province for 24 months unless the post-secondary institution is in Saskatchewan, then the requirement drops to six months.
- The Existing Work Permit category is for those who have a valid work permit and a permanent, full-time job offer for the same positing they have been working at for the last six months.
- The Health Professionals category is for those working as a physician, nurse or other health professions in Saskatchewan.
- Hospitality Sector Project is for those working in the province as food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, kitchen helpers or housekeeping and cleaning staff. The employer must receive approval from the province before the applicant begins work in Canada.
- Long Haul Truck Driver Project is for those working for an approved trucking firm
- Students is a sub-category for students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada. The student must have worked in Saskatchewan for at least 24 months before applying or six months if the institution is in Canada.
The Entrepreneur and Farm Category is for those who plan to own and operate a business or farming operation within Saskatchewan. This category is ideal for those who bring management talent and capital to an existing business.
The Entrepreneur Sub-Category works on an Expression of Interest model and is for those who wish to invest management, talent, and capital in the province by establishing, acquiring or partnering in business in the province. Candidates must take an active management role in the business.
The Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category is for experienced farmers who want to settle and farm in Saskatchewan for the long-term.
If the wide open spaces of Saskatchewan appeal to you, ask us to help determine the program that’s the best fit.