Saskatchewan Targets Hard-To-Fill Skills With New Canada Immigration Program

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Saskatchewan Targets Hard-To-Fill Skills With New Canada Immigration Program
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Canada immigration news: Saskatchewan will attempt to attract overseas candidates for jobs in demand with a new Canada immigration pilot program 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

NOC

Job Title

3413

Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates

3414

Other assisting occupations in support of health services

4412

Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

7611

Construction trades helpers and labourers

7521

Heavy equipment operators (except crane)

9536

Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

9526

Mechanical assemblers and inspectors

9416

Metalworking and forging machine operators

9612

Labourers in metal fabrication

9431

Sawmill machine operators

9617

Labourers in food and beverage processing

9461

Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing

7452

Material handlers

1521

Shippers and receivers

9619

Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

6513

Food and beverage servers

6525

Hotel front desk clerk

6731

Light duty cleaners

6711

Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations

6733

Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents

1525

Dispatchers

7511

Transport truck drivers

8431

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 includes 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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