Saskatchewan Announces New Canada Immigration Program

Last Updated on November 26, 2021

Saskatchewan has announced a new Canada immigration pilot program to attract overseas candidates for jobs in demand through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

The Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot, announced on Thursday, November 25, will target 23 low-skilled and entry-level occupations in sectors including health, manufacturing, agriculture, ag-tech, construction, hospitality and retail.

An SINP statement said the jobs “may require on-the-job training, but are critical for businesses to continue to operate and grow.”

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The program will enable Saskatchewan employers to recruit workers through overseas missions, or other international recruitment activities, into select jobs that have significant recruitment challenges.

“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,” said Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison.

“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.”

The pilot is scheduled to launch in December 2021.

Saskatchewan Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot: Eligible Occupations


Job Title


Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates


Other assisting occupations in support of health services


Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations


Construction trades helpers and labourers


Heavy equipment operators (except crane)


Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators


Mechanical assemblers and inspectors


Metalworking and forging machine operators


Labourers in metal fabrication


Sawmill machine operators


Labourers in food and beverage processing


Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing


Material handlers


Shippers and receivers


Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities


Food and beverage servers


Hotel front desk clerk


Light duty cleaners


Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations


Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents




Transport truck drivers


General farm workers

Saskatchewan Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot: Candidate Requirements

  • 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.
  • Meet the minimum educational and work experience requirements, which include 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.

Saskatchewan Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot: Employer Requirements

  • Make extensive efforts to hire domestically.
  • Demonstrate the need and benefit for their business.
  • Provide settlement support for the workers.

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