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International Skilled Worker Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot

Overview

Please refer to the website for future updates or changes to program intake. Depending on program demand, thresholds or caps may be implemented to manage the number of applications under this pilot.

This sub-category is for intermediate and low-skilled workers in eligible, high-demand occupations who:

  • Have an offer for a job in Saskatchewan.
  • Meet the criteria of the sub-category.
  • Intend to reside in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident. Note: all nominees with temporary work permits must reside in Saskatchewan.

Eligibility

  • Have at least one year of full-time work experience in the past three years (in your intended occupation); or six months (780 hours) of full-time (30+ hours per week) work experience in the job with the employer that has provided you the Job Approval Letter. The work experience does not need to be consecutive work experience in either case.
  • Have a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
    • Some employers or regulators may ask for scores that are higher than CLB 4.
  • Have completed secondary school (high school) or higher level education.
    • Nominations issued for NOC 73300 – Transport Truck Drivers will be conditional until proof is provided to the SINP that you have received the required licensing and endorsements from Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) to maintain your nomination. The type of vehicle you drive on the job will determine the licence and endorsements you will need. You must provide proof of completion of Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) and that you hold a valid Class 1A licence issued by SGI to drive power units and semi-trucks, and trucks with trailer(s) or vehicle(s) in tow where the gross vehicle weight of the towed unit(s) exceeds 4,600 kg. A valid Class 2A licence issued by SGI will be required for all other types of transport trucks.
  • Have an SINP-approved offer for a permanent, full-time job in Saskatchewan. You will need a valid SINP Job Approval Letter from your employer to show proof. The offer must be in one of the following occupations:
NOC Occupation Title
14400 Shippers and receivers
14401 Storekeepers and partspersons
14404 Dispatchers
32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient associates
33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33109 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
44101 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations*
64314 Hotel front desk clerks
65102 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
65200 Food and beverage servers
65201 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
65310 Light duty cleaners
65312 Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners
73201 General building maintenance workers and building superintendents
73300 Transport truck drivers
73400 Heavy Equipment operators (except crane)
75101 Material handlers
75110 Construction trades helpers and labourers
84120 Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85100 Livestock labourers
85101 Harvesting labourers
85111 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
94105 Metalworking and forging machine operators
94106 Machining tool operators
94120 Sawmill machine operators
94140 Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated processing
94141 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94204 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
94213 Industrial painters, coaters and Metal finishing process operators
95101 Labourers in Metal fabrication
95106 Labourers in food, beverage and associated Products processing
95109 Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

*This pilot is not available to employers hiring Home Support Workers, Caregivers and related occupations (NOC 44101) 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 program criteria can change at any time, but we will use what was on this website when we received your application.

The federal government sets the amount of nominations the SINP can make every year. No application is guaranteed to be nominated.

Your employer must meet requirements to support your application and immigration through this pilot. More information can be found here: Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot Employer Requirements.

Who Cannot Apply Through the Hard-to-Fill Skills Sub-Category?

The following cannot apply:

  • Refugee claimants in Canada who are claiming refugee status from the Government of Canada.

You may not be eligible if:

  • You did not provide the required documents at the time of submitting your application.
  • You were not able to prove that you plan to live and work in Saskatchewan.
  • You and or your representative have intentionally misrepresented yourselves in the application.

How to Apply

To apply to this pilot, you need a job offer. To start your search, please visit Saskjobs.ca. Your employer will need to provide you with a Job Approval Letter from the SINP. Additionally, please ensure that you:

  • Follow the guidelines for the Application Process.
  • Complete, scan and submit all of your Required Documents.

Applications that are submitted with missing documents or not translated will be returned. If your application is returned, you will be sent a letter and asked to reapply.

Apply online to the SINP

  1. Create an account.
  2. Complete all sections.
  3. Scan and upload your completed forms and supporting documents in a PDF. Keep the originals for your records.
  4. Save and submit your application online.

What You Need to Know About Using Immigration Representatives

You do not need to use an immigration representative or consultant to apply to the SINP. If you choose to use a representative, you must make sure they are a lawyer in Canada in good standing with a provincial law society or licensed by the Government of Saskatchewan. Visit Using an Immigration Representative for more information or see a list of approved immigration consultants. You can learn more about Saskatchewan's laws that protect foreign workers by visiting Protection for Immigrants and Foreign Workers.

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