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Apply for a Certificate of Registration

Before you can recruit a foreign national in Saskatchewan on an employer-specific work permit (also known as a closed work permit), you must register with the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (LRWS) and obtain a certificate of registration, as outlined under The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA).

Please note that employers are not required to have a certificate of registration if they are hiring a foreign national who has an open work permit or is in an immigration class that is exempted by federal legislation to require a work permit. These foreign workers are still protected by FWRISA.

FWRISA helps ensure that employers, immigration consultants, and recruiters treat immigrants and foreign workers in a fair, honest, and respectful manner.

Apply for a Certificate of Registration

Before beginning the application process you can refer to the Document Checklist for Certificate of Registration Applications and Renewals to determine which documents you will need.

Register Online

Your application will be reviewed, and you may be issued a certificate of registration. On average, applications are processed within 10 days.

Once you obtain your certificate of registration, you will be eligible to submit job positions to the SINP for approval, to support the permanent residency applications of your foreign workers or to access federal immigration programs that bring foreign workers to Canada.

Certificate expiry and renewal process: A certificate of registration is valid for two years. Reminders will be sent to your authorized email when it is up for renewal. Like the process for new registrations, Labour Relations and Workplace Safety requires employers to provide updated registration information. Registered employers must abide by the terms and conditions in FWRISA.

Compliance audits: Registered employers may also be audited for compliance with FWRISA requirements.

Access your existing SINP online account: Click on the "Register Online" button to submit a job approval request to support a foreign worker for application to the SINP.

Visit the SINP Online Application Guide for Saskatchewan Employers to learn how to use the online application system.

Determining Employer Eligibility

You must provide evidence that you are operating in compliance with the laws and regulations of the Province of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan uses a variety of additional criteria to assess your eligibility, including your business operations and your ability to support the employment of foreign workers.

As an employer, you must also:

  • provide a place of employment for a foreign worker that is zoned for commercial operations;
  • actively operate as a business for no less than one year;
  • be a permanent resident or a citizen of Canada;
  • disclose third-party representatives aiding during the recruitment process as defined in guidelines;
  • have demonstrated compliance with employment laws by already having employees (non-family members) for a reasonable period given your operation (normally, 12 months); and
  • provide any documentation requested by an officer to support your application, which may include:
    • financial statements,
    • incorporation documents,
    • Canada Revenue Agency documents,
    • business license,
    • lease/rental agreements,
    • business payroll records,
    • contractors permits, and
    • letter of good standing with the Workers' Compensation Board.

Employers with outstanding, or patterns of employment standards or occupational health and safety issues under The Saskatchewan Employment Act may not be eligible for registration. As well, employers with an unsatisfactory history with employing foreign nationals or other employees may not be eligible to receive a certificate of registration.

Once registered, employers also need to apply to the appropriate provincial or federal program for approval of the specific job they intend to offer to a foreign national.

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