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SINP Important Words and Definitions

Accompanying Dependent– Any person (a spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child), who is planning to move with you to Saskatchewan. Accompanying adult child dependents may be included under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Certificate of Nomination if you are approved as a provincial nominee and if the adult child dependent:

  • Is under the age of 19 and does not have a spouse or common-law partner; and/or
  • Has depended on your financial support because of a mental or physical condition.

Accumulation of Net Worth – The means by which the Applicant and the applicant’s spouse obtained the entire claimed net worth.

Active Ownership – Demonstration of the day-to-day management responsibilities of a business or farming operation.

Adoption – When an adult becomes the legal parent of a child who is not the adult’s biological child.

Adoption Papers – The documents that prove you are the legal parent of your adopted child.

Affidavit – A written, sworn statement of fact.

Apprenticeship – An agreement between a person who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. Apprentices learn the skills of a trade by working in the occupation, supervised by a journeyperson. Apprenticeship usually combines on-the-job experience with technical classroom training. After a period of supervised employment, the apprentice attends in-school training, where they learn additional skills for the needs and standards of the industry. On-the-job training alone may not be accepted as formal apprenticeship.

Arrival – This is the date you entered Canada and were issued your temporary work permit.

Business Establishment Plan (BEP) – A plan summarizing your planned business venture. A BEP should include enough information to outline the most important details of your business idea: how it will be run and a broad expectation of outcomes, as well as details of your plans for establishing residence in Saskatchewan.

Business Performance Agreement – A signed contract with the Province of Saskatchewan detailing the terms and conditions under which your deposit will be held and later released or retained; or a signed contract detailing the terms and conditions under which you will be eligible for nomination after being approved for an SINP Entrepreneur Temporary Work Permit Support Letter. This document will specify your level of investment, place of investment, specific industry (as defined by the NAICS – North American Industry Classification System code) and any other requirements.

Canadian Visa Office – An Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) immigration office outside Canada. It’s usually found in a Canadian Embassy, Canadian Consulate General, or Canadian High Commission.

Claimed Net Worth – The amount of net worth you indicated in the Schedule 4A: Economic Classes – Provincial Nominees – Business Nominees.

Commissioner of Oaths – A public official who is present when you make an oath (or sign an affidavit). They sign on your copies that they are true and correct, print their name and position, and if possible, include an official stamp.

Common-Law Partner – A person of the opposite or same sex who has been living with the principal applicant in a conjugal relationship for at least one year, where there is a significant degree of commitment between both people, such as sharing a home, supporting each other financially and emotionally, having children together and presenting themselves in public as a couple.

Conjugal partners of the same or opposite sex who have been in a conjugal relationship for at least one year but are unable to live together or appear in public together because of legal restrictions in their home country or who have been separated for reasons beyond their control (for example, civil war, armed conflict or religious reasons) may also be considered as Common-law partners and be included on the application

Compulsory Trade – To work in a compulsory apprenticeship trade you must have a journeyperson certificate or be registered as an apprentice with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) – The direct costs attributed to the purchase of goods sold during a particular period. In manufacturing, COGS also includes the direct materials costs attributed to the production of the goods sold during a particular period. COGS does not include indirect expenses associated with the sale of goods, such as distribution costs, sales force costs, or overhead.

Custody Documents – If the parents of a child (or children) are divorced, these are the legal documents that state the agreement the parents have made about where the children live.

Dependent Children – A dependent son or daughter of the Principal Applicant. A child is considered dependent if he or she:

  • Is under the age of 19 and does not have a spouse or common-law partner;
  • Is over the age of 19 and has been continuously enrolled as a full-time student and depended substantially on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 19; or
  • Is over the age of 19 and depended substantially on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 19 because of a physical or mental condition.

Designated Individuals - In addition to your paid or unpaid representative, you may choose to let someone else have access to information about the application. For example, if you hire a lawyer to assist with the application, you may also want a family member to have access to information about the application. If you wish to have personal information released to someone who is not your representative, you must complete the form IMM-5475: Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual and submit it with your application to the SINP. Designated individuals will not receive any written communication from the SINP, but they can receive verbal information about the application by calling (001 for Canada) 306-798-7467.

Designated Trade – This is an occupation recognized as a trade by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). See a list of designated trades in Saskatchewan.

Entrepreneur – For the purposes of the SINP Entrepreneur category, an entrepreneur is a foreign national who has entrepreneurial experience and has a legally obtained net worth of at least $500,000 CAD and is an individual with experience directly associated with the ownership and active management of a business operation, where the individual assumed the risks associated with operation and benefited from the rewards or success of the business.

Entrepreneurship Experience – Your experience in owning and actively participating in the management of a company, prior to your SINP application.

Expression of Interest (EOI) – This is the beginning of the SINP Entrepreneur application process. Only candidates who reach the minimum points’ thresholds may submit an electronic EOI.

Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) – A plan summarizing your intention for establishing a commercial Saskatchewan farming operation based on research, consultations or formal coursework relevant to Saskatchewan agricultural conditions. A FEP should include enough information to outline the most important details of the Applicant’s Farm idea: the type of farm, how it will be run and broad expectations of outcomes.

Farm Proposal Viability – Farm proposal viability refers to the feasibility of establishing the proposed farming operation in Saskatchewan. The SINP does not evaluate the proposal for profitability or sustainability. To meet this criterion of the farm category:

  • Your proposal must be deemed to illustrate intent to reside in Saskatchewan, as per the requirements of the Farm Land Security Board's farm ownership exemption qualifications. Non-Canadian residents may own land only if approved for exemption from the Saskatchewan Farm Security Act, 1988 by the Farm Land Security Board.

The SINP will assess your farm proposal’s viability based on the information provided in your FEP and your supporting documentation. This information must be verified by SINP officials to merit eligibility.

Good Faith Deposit – A specified amount of money that must be placed in trust with a trust company appointed by the Government of Saskatchewan. Your deposit will be held in trust until you’ve met the terms and conditions of the Business Performance Agreement.

Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations – Humanitarian and compassionate considerations are factors that, upon confirmation by the SINP, would result in the applicant enduring hardship if they were to leave their home country. Applications for relief due to humanitarian and compassionate considerations must be made in writing to the SINP within the first 12 months of receiving approval by the SINP. If approved, humanitarian and compassionate relief does not result in application approval or nomination, but ensures applicants don’t suffer additional negative consequences as a result of not being able to fulfil their contractual obligations.

Humanitarian and compassionate considerations include, but are not limited to situations where:

  • The Applicant and/or accompanying family members would endure hardship if they were to travel and/or leave their home country due to circumstances related to personal divorce, a death in the immediate family or other related mitigating circumstances;
  • The Applicant and/or accompanying family members would endure hardship if they were to travel and/or leave their home country due to personal or family related medical circumstances; or,
  • The Applicant and/or accompanying family members would endure hardship if they were to travel and/or leave their home country due to circumstances related to contractual agreements regarding the sale or divestment of current financial holdings.

Immigration Lawyers -If you choose to use an immigration lawyer, you must use one that is currently entitled to practice law. Immigration lawyers are required to follow The Foreign Worker Recruitment 16 and Immigration Services Act, however they do not need to be licensed in order to provide immigration services. Lawyers providing immigration services must be members in good standing with the provincial law society in which they practice. Active members can be searched in each province at Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Lawyers must be licensed as a foreign worker recruiter if they provide recruitment services.

Immigration Representatives - A representative is someone who has your permission to provide assistance with your application to the SINP or IRCC. Representatives can be either “paid” or “unpaid”. An “unpaid” representative is someone who is a family member or an organization or individual exempted from the requirement to obtain a license under The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act, and who does not charge a fee for their representation. An “unpaid” friend cannot legally act as an unpaid representative in your application. The definition of a family member exempted from the licensing requirement applies to the applicant or the applicant’s spouse, parent, child, brother or sister, uncle or aunt, niece or nephew, first cousin, or grand-parent (including step family relationships). A “paid” representative must be either a lawyer in good standing with the provincial law society in which they practice, or a consultant who is registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Immigration consultants are required to follow a code developed by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

In-laws – Relatives by marriage (e.g. your wife’s father is your father-in-law).

Intended/Intending Occupation – The occupation that the applicant has a Saskatchewan job offer in, where they’ve worked over the past ten years. This should be related to their field of education.

Joint Venture – A commercial undertaking that has been entered into by two or more parties for the purpose of a particular economic activity.

NAICS – Stands for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and is an industry classification system. It was developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Learn more on the Statistics Canada page. See the current NAICS codes in use.

Net Worth The value of the applicant and spouses total assets, less the value of the applicant and spouses total liabilities.

National Occupation Classification (NOC) – This is a tool that provides a standardized system for understanding Canadian jobs. It describes duties, skills, interests, aptitudes, education requirements and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labour market.

NOC Matrix – A chart called the NOC 2011 matrix shows the relationship between skill types and skill levels within the NOC system. It provides an overview of the entire classification structure.

Nominate – The term used by the Government of Saskatchewan to describe the SINP’s assessment and selection of individuals for immigration. The SINP nominates approved individuals/applicants to the Government of Canada (IRCC) for permanent residency. Nominees apply to IRCC for permanent residency and go through health, security and criminality screening by IRCC.

Notary Public (also called a notary) – This is a public official who confirms that documents are real and/or official. They:

  • Sign on your copies, showing they are true and correct;
  • Print their name and position; and
  • If possible, include an official stamp.

Oath – A promise that a statement is true.

Permanent Resident – An individual who lives legally in Canada as a landed immigrant with permanent resident status granted by the Government of Canada, but does not yet have Canadian citizenship.

Principal Applicant – The person in your household (you or your spouse) who meets the selection criteria for the Category. Other immediate family members listed on the application are considered your spouse and dependents.

Professional Designation – A statement of your education and/or occupation. For example, if you have a doctorate degree, you can write “Ph.D” after your name as a statement of your education. Licensed engineers can use the designation “P.Eng” after their name. For information on regulated and non-regulated occupations in Saskatchewan and Canada, visit Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements and Job Bank.

Professional License – In some professions, you need a license to work (e.g. as a nurse, doctor, engineer, etc.). For information on regulated and non-regulated occupations in Saskatchewan and Canada, visit Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements and Job Bank.

Recruitment Representatives – A recruiter is someone who assists an employer to find a worker or helps workers connecting with an employer. Recruiters cannot help someone with their immigration application.

Regina – The City of Regina is defined as the land within the city boundaries defined by Regina City Council that are subject to city taxation, regulation and eligible for access to city services.

Regulated Occupation – Some jobs in Canada require that you have a special license before you can begin work. These are called regulated occupations. Most regulated occupations require that you have specialized education and experience. A regulatory body sets the standards for the profession and eligibility criteria. In order to work in a regulated occupation with mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing, you must have a license or certificate, or be registered with the regulatory body for your occupation before you begin work. Physicians and electricians are examples of workers who need to be licensed to do their job. For information on regulated and non-regulated occupations in Saskatchewan and Canada, visit Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements and Job Bank.

Relevant Business Management Experience – Your experience in a business role with significant decision making responsibility that is relevant to the proposed business investment, as indicated in your Business Establishment Plan.

Relevant Farm Management Experience – Your prior experience with owning and/or operating a farm using agricultural practices similar to those utilized in Saskatchewan-based farming. This knowledge and experience must be substantiated through your Résumé, Farm Establishment Plan and pertinent supporting documents. Such farming experience must reflect at least one of the variations of farming identified by the Ministry of Agriculture, including:

  • Crops
    • Cereals
      • Wheat
      • Barley
      • Oats
      • Rye
      • Triticale
    • Oilseeds
      • Canola
      • Flax
      • Mustard
      • Sunflower
      • Camelina
    • Pulse Crops
      • Lentil
      • Pea
      • Chickpea
      • Bean
      • Faba Bean
    • Special Crops
      • Herbs/Spices
      • Apiculture
      • Canary Seed
      • Wild Rice
      • Hemp
      • Other Crops
    • Forage
      • Annual
      • Native
      • Perennial
    • Horticulture
      • Fruit
      • Greenhouses
      • Vegetables
      • Potatoes
  • Livestock
    • Cattle
      • Cow/Calf
      • Backgrounding
      • Finishing
      • Dairy
    • Monogastric
      • Pork
    • Other Livestock
      • Bison
      • Sheep/Goats
      • Elk/Deer
      • Poultry
    • Forage
      • Pastures/Grazing
      • Hay/Silage

To meet this criterion of the Farm category:

  • You must demonstrate, through documentation (e.g. education and training, work experience, financial documents), that you have experience as a knowledgeable farm owner or operator;
  • You must demonstrate how your farm knowledge and experience relate to owning and actively operating a farm in Saskatchewan through the submitted Résumé (link to PDF), FEP (Link to PDF); and
  • Your other work experience (if applicable) including job title, place of employment, responsibilities and business skills must be described clearly in the Résumé.

We’ll assess your claimed farm knowledge and experience based on the Résumé, FEP, and the supporting documentation you provide.

Required Documents – The documents required for your immigration application that demonstrate your ability to meet SINP criteria (i.e. documents that prove your identity, work experience, language ability, finances, etc.).

Saskatoon – The City of Saskatoon is defined as the land within the city boundaries defined by Saskatoon City Council that are subject to city taxation, regulation and eligible for access to city services.

Saskjobs – This website is the largest job-posting site in the province, with opportunities in all labour market sectors. Job postings range from entry level to trade, professional or management positions. Visit Working in Saskatchewan to learn more about finding work and becoming familiar with Saskatchewan workplaces.

SINP-Registered Employer – An approved Saskatchewan employer that is registered with the SINP and is able to hire foreign workers and nominees.

Skilled trades – A skilled trade is one of the occupations eligible under the IRCC’s Federal Skilled Trades Program that is also on the SINP In-Demand Occupation List.

Skilled tradesperson/people – Someone who has worked for at least two years in the past five years in one of the occupations eligible under IRCC’s Federal Skilled Trades Program that is also on the SINP In-Demand Occupation List.

Spouse – The individual legally married to the Principal Applicant. If married in Canada, the application must include a marriage certificate issued by the province or territory where the marriage took place. If married outside of Canada, The marriage must be valid under the law of the country where it took place and under Canadian law. (A marriage performed in an embassy or consulate must comply with the law of the country where it took place, not the country of nationality of the embassy or consulate.)

Supporting Documents – The documents required for your immigration application (i.e. documents that prove your identity, work experience, language ability, finances, etc.). 

Temporary Work Permit – This is a document administered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. It allows a foreign national to live and work in Canada for a specified period of time.

Verified Net Worth – Net worth refers to the value of an Applicant’s total assets, less the value of your total liabilities. To meet this criterion of the Farm category:

  • You must have a net worth that retains a value of at least $500,000 CAD; and
  • The third party must substantiate that the claimed net worth exists and that you legally own it.

The third party will assess your net worth based on the information supplied on federal form Schedule 4A: Economic Classes – Provincial Nominees – Business Nominees and the supporting documentation you provide.

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