Saskatchewan Reopens ‘Occupations In-Demand’ Immigration Sub-Category for Skilled Workers

The Express Entry Stream of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is now open to new applications. SINP has also revised the list of in-demand occupations for this stream. You must have experience in one of the occupations on the in-demand occupation list to be eligible to apply to this stream.


The Canadian province of Saskatchewan will welcome up to 1,200 new applications under the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) during an intake period that began on August 9.
Applications to this ‘base’ sub-category, which is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, are received on a first-come, first-served basis. No job offer is required in order for an eligible person to submit an application.
A successful application will result in a provincial nomination certificate being issued; with this nomination, the applicant (as well as an accompanying spouse/common-law partner and any dependent children, if applicable) may then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status.
The current intake period is the third intake of 2017.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category, applicants must:
  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training comparable to the Canadian education system (the program of study must have resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate);
  • Have at least one-year of paid work experience in the past ten years related to their field of education or training, in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupations list, below);
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

In-Demand Occupations

Saskatchewan has made a slight revision to the list. Facility operation and maintenance managers (National Occupational Classification code 0714) are no longer included, while Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (NOC 2212) have been added.
No licensure required
Of the 42 occupations on the new list, 19 do not require any professional licensure. An eligible individual with work experience in one of these occupations may apply to the SINP and receive a nomination certificate without ever applying for or obtaining any professional licensure.
  • 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  • 0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  • 1122 Managers in Professional occupations in business management consulting
  • 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
  • 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
  • 2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
  • 2121 Biologists and related scientists
  • 2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
  • 2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
  • 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
  • 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
  • 0821 Managers in agriculture
  • 0911 Manufacturing managers
  • 0912 Utilities managers

Professional Licensure Required

Saskatchewan requires certain applicants to apply for professional licensure in order for the immigration application to be processed successfully. This process may be completed from outside Canada.
An application submitted by an applicant in one of these occupations that does not include the appropriate proof of licensure may be held for processing until this proof is provided.
The process of obtaining licensure depends on the occupation in question, as well as other potential factors, such as the applicant’s professional and/or academic background. The processing times listed in the table below represent best case scenario outcomes.
  • 0211 Engineering managers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2151 Architects
  • 2154 Land surveyors
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2175 Web designers and developer
  • 4151 Psychologists
  • 4212 Social and community service workers
  • 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3216 Medical Sonographers
  • 6331 Meat cutters
  • 7231 Machinists
  • 7272 Cabinetmakers
  • 7311 Industrial mechanics
  • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics
  • 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
  • 7237 Welders

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