Saskatchewan expands the SINP to include 279 new jobs

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On November 1, 2023, the Government of Saskatchewan announced broadening the SINP to bolster worker retention. The expansion now allows certain work permit holders in intermediate and lower-skilled occupations to apply for permanent residency under the Existing Work Permit stream. 

This change opens up PR opportunities for internationally trained workers in these sectors who meet the program’s criteria, including language requirements and a full-time job offer. 

Previously, only high-skilled and designated trade workers were eligible for this program. Now, an additional 279 occupations, such as:

  • farm laborers, 
  • truck drivers, 
  • retail sales, nurse aides, and 
  • equipment operators can apply. 

To qualify for the SINP expanded stream, applicants must hold:

  • an eligible work permit, 
  • a Labor Market Impact Assessment-Supported Work Permit, 
  • a Francophone mobility work permit, or 
  • a CUAET visa for recently arrived Ukrainians.

“The expansion of options for newcomers in today’s announcement is very welcome,” said Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan President Elena Krueger. “The Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan due the Government of Saskatchewan for providing refuge and support to displaced Ukrainians who have arrived in our province.” Thank you also to the many Saskatchewan employers who have welcomed Ukrainian newcomers by providing training and job opportunities. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the provincial government to improve opportunities and support for displaced Ukrainians looking to start new lives in Saskatchewan.” 

“There is no single solution for the labor shortage now and in the future,” said Brennen Mills, a partner at Saskatoon Fire and Flood. “The expansion to the SINP program is a good first step, as it enables us to support our employees in the immigration process, while also helping us fill vital positions.”

The Saskatchewan government recently negotiated increases in the annual allocation of provincial immigration nominees for 2023, 2024, and 2025. Saskatchewan continues to advocate and negotiate with the federal government for additional authority to develop and implement immigration policies that are distinctive to Saskatchewan. 

Immigration is vital for Saskatchewan’s growing GDP and labor demands. The province currently has over 16,000 job openings on SaskJobs and the National Job Bank. Over the next five years, Saskatchewan is expected to have 112,260 job openings.

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