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Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot Employer Requirements

As a temporary measure to support Ukrainian nationals, the SINP will be waiving the four week advertising requirement for Job Approval Forms submitted with a Ukrainian candidate identified. For more information about this temporary measure, please contact

Employers can utilize the Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot to recruit workers in select intermediate and low-skilled occupations if you demonstrate that you have attempted to find workers through domestic recruitment activities prior to hiring foreign nationals; are prepared to support the settlement of your employee as a permanent resident of Saskatchewan; and the employment offer meets SINP requirements.

Recruitment Efforts

Prior to submitting the Job Approval Form (JAF) to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), you must advertise each position being recruited on SaskJobs for a minimum of four consecutive weeks; in the three months prior to submitting the JAF.

The required job advertisement information includes:

  • Company operating name
  • Business address
  • Title of the position
  • Job duties (for each position, if advertising is for more than one vacancy)
  • Skills requirements (includes education and work experience)
  • Terms of employment (must be full-time (30+ hours), permanent position)
  • Language of work
  • Benefits package offered (if applicable)
  • Location(s) of work (local area, city or town)
  • Contact information, including telephone number, cell phone number, email address, fax number, or mailing address
  • It is strongly recommended that the wage is included.

In the JAF you must upload a copy of the SaskJobs Job Order Information page showing the date the advertisement was listed and the length of the advertisement and provide the SaskJobs ID; or you can provide the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for a foreign worker already working for your business. See the Employers Guide to Printing SaskJobs Order Information for how to print your SaskJobs order information.


If the worker you hired meets SINP criteria, they will be approved and nominated, which means that they can apply for a work permit. Once your new employee arrives and starts working, you must fulfill program settlement requirements, including assigning a culturally sensitive on-the-job mentor to the employee, and undertaking any two of the following action items.

  1. Attend intercultural training, educational seminars, conferences, or information sessions related to supporting and/or retaining newcomers. There are numerous organizations in Saskatchewan that deliver programming related to intercultural education, anti-racism and inclusion or diversity training. Employers can also access resources from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
  2. Make referrals for newcomers to access settlement services, community resources, groups, associations, and/or community organizations. Settlement agencies can provide you with information about support for newcomers. Please visit Settlement Services for information on our Regional Newcomer Gateways or Programs and Settlement Services to search for supports by location.
  3. Offer team-building activities within the workplace to promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness, or establish a workplace diversity and inclusion committee. has a number of resources on their website, including this resource: Building Culturally Competent Organizations.
  4. Provide time off or a flexible work schedule to newcomer employees to allow for language training, appointments with settlement counsellors, enrolling children in school, applying for health cards, obtaining a driving license, etc.

The supports, including assigning a culturally sensitive on-the-job-mentor and the two selected action items, must be provided as follows:

  • For existing employees nominated through the HFS Pilot - within three months of nomination date.
  • For new employees nominated through the HFW Pilot - within three months of the nominees arrival in Saskatchewan.

When you submit your Job Approval Form, you must upload the Employer Supports Form, which will indicate what actions you are committed to taking to support the employee's settlement.

Eligible Occupations

Occupation Title
9619 Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
9617 Labourers in food, beverage and associated Products processing
9612 Labourers in Metal fabrication
9536 Industrial painters, coaters and Metal finishing process operators
9526 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
9461 Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated processing
9431 Sawmill machine operators
9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators
8431 General farm workers
7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers
7521 Heavy Equipment operators (except crane)
7511 Transport truck drivers
7452 Material handlers
6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
6731 Light duty cleaners
6711 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
6525 Hotel front desk clerks
6513 Food and beverage servers
4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations*
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
1525 Dispatchers
1521 Shippers and receivers

* This pilot is not available to employers hiring Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations (NOC 4412) who reside in the client's residence or their place of work. Employers seeking workers to reside in the client's residence or their place of work must utilize Canada's Caregiver Programs for recruitment.

The wages, hours, location, etc., for the employment offer must meet the SINP requirements.

How to Apply

The Employer Job Approval Form process can be found at Recruit and Hire Foreign Workers in Saskatchewan.

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