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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program: Live in The Land of Living Skies

August 6, 2019

Immigration plays a key role in Saskatchewan’s growing economy and population.

Since 2007, the province located in the heart of the Canadian Prairies has welcomed more than 108,000 immigrants from 170 countries.

Known as the Land of the Living Skies for its vast horizons and regular appearances by the Northern Lights, Saskatchewan is home to modern cities like Regina and Saskatoon, as well as many smaller rural communities. The population is approximately 1.1 million people.

The province’s major industries include:

  • agriculture (especially wheat);
  • mining (the province is the world’s leader in the export of uranium and potash);
  • oil and gas exploration;
  • technology (especially in Regina and Saskatoon)

Many of the recent immigrants to Saskatchewan come from Asia, especially the Philippines.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

Saskatchewan currently receives nearly five per cent of all newcomers to Canada, up from one per cent in 2001, and the province’s government has a retention target of 80 per cent for 2019/2020.

In 2018, 72 per cent of the 15,510 new permanent residents to Canada who claimed Saskatchewan as their intended destination were admitted through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

The SINP is part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, an economic-class immigration program that allows participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a set number of foreign workers, entrepreneurs and international graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions for Canadian permanent residence.

The SINP is divided into four immigration categories:

  • International Skilled Worker
  • Saskatchewan Experience
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Farm Owners and Operators

International Skilled Workers

The International Skilled Workers category is for foreign workers looking to immigrate to Saskatchewan.

Eligible candidates can be nominated under three sub-categories:

  • Express Entry
  • Occupation In-Demand
  • Employment Offer

Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category is for candidates with a profile in Canada’s federal Express Entry system and work experience in one of 19 occupations listed as in-demand in the province. A job offer from a Saskatchewan employer is not required.

Express Entry candidates nominated by the SINP receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan, Express Entry candidates are required to have both a valid Express Entry profile and a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) profile registered with the SINP.