Saskatchewan expands immigration eligibility under its PNP

Asheesh Moosapeta
Published: November 9, 2023

Saskatchewan announced recently that it would expand eligibility of workers in the province to apply for permanent residence (PR), through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), Saskatchewan’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

As of this announcement, workers in intermediate and lower-skilled occupations with jobs within the province, through the Existing Work Permit stream of the SINP—provided that the meet the basic eligibility criteria for both the stream and the SINP as a whole.

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The expansion of eligible occupations for PR means the permit holders from over 279 different occupations are newly eligible to stay permanently in Saskatchewan—including truck drivers, farm labourers, retail sales staff, nurses’ aides and many more. Previously only newcomers in high-skilled (TEER 0,1,2, or 3) and designated trades were eligible to apply for PR through the stream.

Note: Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) categories are the Canadian governments system of cataloguing jobs in Canada based on these four components of each profession. These levels range from 0 (managerial roles, the most skilled) to 5 (jobs with no formal education requirements, the least skilled).

To apply under the new expanded stream, applicants will need to meet both stream-specific and general SINP eligibility; including having:

Who is not eligible under these changes?

While the Existing Work Permit stream has seen an expansion in eligibility, it is important to note that the following individuals are still not eligible to immigrate to Saskatchewan under this immigration stream:

Saskatchewan needs immigrants

The provincial government of Saskatchewan have bargained with the federal government to increase their provincial allocation of immigration nominees for the years 2023, 2024, and 2025.

This comes in recognition of some of the largest job vacancies seen in any province in Canada. Saskatchewan currently has over 16,000 job vacancies posted on multiple online job boards, with more than 112,000 job vacancies forecasted over the next five years.

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