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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) runs three streams via which the province may nominate candidates for Canadian permanent residence:


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  1. International Skilled Worker
  2. Saskatchewan Experience
  3. Business Immigration

1. SINP International Skilled Worker Category

The SINP’s International Skilled Worker Category enables the province to nominate skilled workers with the required education, experience, and language abilities to successfully establish in Saskatchewan.

There are three sub-categories under this provincial immigration category:

  • International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • International Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand
  • International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer

On July 16, 2018, the SINP moved to an Expression of Interest System for its Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry sub-categories. 

International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry

This sub-category enables the province to nominate individuals who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool and who have the necessary education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other factors to help them settle successfully and integrate into Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities.


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As candidates must be in the federal Express Entry pool, all candidates must be eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs:

This sub-category is for skilled workers who:

Eligibility

To be eligible for this sub-category, you must pay a non-refundable $300 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step required in order to submit your application.

You may qualify for this sub-category if you live outside Canada or have proof of legal status in Canada, are not a refugee claimant and:

  • Are accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry Pool, have an Express Entry profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Provide valid language test results from a designated testing agency. The results should match what you declared in your Express Entry profile.
  • Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree.
  • For degrees or diplomas obtained outside Canada, you must have an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
  • Have at least one of the following in your field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Have work experience in a high skilled occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0” that’s included on the SINP In-Demand Occupation List.
  • You may be required to provide proof of Professional Status or Licensure (for regulated occupations or those with professional certification standards in Canada and/or Saskatchewan) for your occupation. Please see the SINP In-Demand Occupation List for these requirements. If you are requested to provide proof of licensure, your application will be held for processing until such proof is provided – all other required documents must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded. Do not provide licensure documents unless you have been advised by the SINP.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.

The program criteria can change at any time, but we’ll use what was on this website when we received your complete application.


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To apply for this sub-category, you must submit an Expression of Interest. Candidates that are eligible and meet selection criteria will receive an invitation to submit an application. The points scores associated with an Expression of Interest profile will determine the likelihood of receiving an invitation.  Those with high scores within the pool of candidates will have a greater chance of being invited to apply.

When you receive an Invitation to Apply, you must pay a non-refundable $300 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step required in order to submit your complete application.

What is an International Skilled Worker Expression of Interest (EOI)?

An International Skilled Worker EOI is not an application to the SINP.

An International Skilled Worker EOI is a pre-application process which allows candidates to fill in an online form to indicate their interest in applying to the SINP and demonstrate their qualifications.

For more information, please visit International Skilled Worker EOI System.

Not all candidates who submit an International Skilled Worker EOI will be invited to apply to the SINP. There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an EOI, however, candidates can only have one EOI profile.


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For assistance on how to create your EOI profile, please see the EOI OASIS Guide.

Who Can’t Apply Through the Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category?

The following can’t apply through this sub-category:

  • Refugee claimants in Canada who are claiming refugee status from the Government of Canada.
  • Those not accepted into the Express Entry pool.

Also, if any of these are true, you may not be eligible for nomination by the SINP:

  • You didn’t submit documentation that the SINP asked for;
  • You were unable to prove that you intend to live and work in Saskatchewan; and,
  • You and or your representative have intentionally misrepresented yourselves in the application.

Assessment Rating

You’ll need to score at least 60 out of 100 points on the Point Assessment Grid to be considered for nomination by the SINP.

Points are awarded based on the following five factors:

  • Education and training;
  • Skilled work experience;
  • Language ability;
  • Age; and,
  • Connection(s) and adaptability to the Saskatchewan labour market.

Be sure to provide documents to prove that you’re eligible and meet the five factors above. For example, if you claim 20 points for having a university degree, you must attach a copy of your university degree and complete transcripts. If your degree is printed in a language other than English or French, you must also attach a translated version.

How To Apply

The International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-category

Submit an online profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry System. Once you’re accepted into the Express Entry Pool, you’ll receive a Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code. Next, follow the steps below.

All Sub-Categories in the International Skilled Worker Category and the Saskatchewan Experience Category
  1. Obtain all the required documents. Complete the required provincial and federal forms and any other federal forms that apply to your situation.
  2. Review and organize your completed forms and supporting documents to ensure you have a complete application package.
  3. Apply at SINP Apply Online. If you received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) as an EOI candidate, you must login using the same account that you created for your EOI profile. If you are applying with a job offer, you’ll need to create an account. 
  4. Complete the different sections of your online application. Scan and upload all your completed forms and required documents in PDF format onto your online application. Keep the originals for your records.
  5. Save, pay the fee (Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand subcategories only) and submit your application online.

Be sure to complete, scan and submit the following to the SINP, as part of your application:

  • All provincial and federal forms you’ll need for your application; and
  • All required documents.

Your application may be rejected if documents are:

  • Missing;
  • Not translated; or
  • Unclear.

If the SINP rejects your application, we will send you instructions on what is required or missing and how to apply again.

Applicants can only have one active application with the SINP at any one time. Multiple applications will not be accepted.

General Guidelines for Completing the Forms

  • Be sure to upload and save all federal forms to your SINP online application.
  • If you need more space for any form, attach a separate sheet of paper to the back of the intended form and indicate the number of the question you are answering.
  • Answer all questions. Your application will be rejected if you leave any sections blank.
  • Write the answer “None”, for any sections that don’t apply to you. For example, on Schedule A – Background/Declaration, question 11 is about past military service. If you have never served in the military, answer this question with “None”.
  • If your application is accepted and the information you provide in the forms changes before you arrive in Canada, you must inform the SINP office and the visa office where your application was sent. Be sure to do this even if your visa has already been issued.

Include all dependents in Your Application

You must list all dependents on your application to the SINP even if they’re not coming to Canada with you. The dependents to list include:

  • Spouse – A husband or wife of the opposite or same sex;
  • Common-law partner – A person of the opposite or same sex that you’ve lived with in a relationship like a marriage, for at least one full year; and,
  • Dependent children – Daughters and sons (including step-children, children adopted before the age of 22, and children who are not in your custody) who:
    • are under the age of 22 and do not have a spouse or common-law partner; and/or
    • are 22 years old or older and have depended on your financial support since before the age of 22; and
    • they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition.

Parents and siblings of the principal applicant cannot be included in the SINP application.

If you don’t include dependent family members in your application, they can’t be nominated for permanent residency later. If you have dependents that won’t be coming with you to Canada, you must provide a detailed reason and supporting documentation stating why they won’t be coming with you. Acceptable reasons and documentation are a legal separation and custody orders. The SINP may disqualify your application if your dependents are not coming with you and the supporting documentation is not enough (e.g. financial reasons, unresolved custody issues, etc).

To have your dependent family members join you in Canada later, you’ll need to:

  • Apply to the Government of Canada’s Family Sponsorship program or to another immigration category.
  • Have that application approved before your dependent family members can join you in Canada

After You Apply

The International Skilled Worker Category – Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-category
  • Once the SINP receives your complete online application, it will be assessed against the eligibility criteria.
  • The SINP will email you a receipt letter once your application is received. Your application number will not change.  Use it in all your submissions or any inquiries you may have during the assessment process.
  • The SINP will only contact you (by email) if they have questions about missing documents and/or with the results of your assessment.
  • If the SINP decides you’re not eligible for immigration to the province, you’ll be informed. You may apply again at a later date if your situation changes and you meet the requirements.
  • If you’re approved for immigration under the SINP, you’ll be nominated to the federal government for permanent residency status.

What Happens After You Are Approved for Nomination

  1. The SINP will enter the details of your nomination in the Express Entry system.
  2. Next, IRCC will ask you to confirm that you accept the SINP’s nomination. You’ll have 30 days to accept the SINP nomination in the Express Entry system.
  3. After you accept your SINP nomination, IRCC will invite you to apply for permanent residence. You’ll have 60 days to submit this application. Be sure to follow the instructions from IRCC on how to submit your application.  Visit Invitations to apply – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry) for more information.
  4. IRCC will send you instructions on medical examinations. They may also ask for more documentation.  In some cases, you may have to attend an interview.
  5. If you meet all the requirements, IRCC will issue permanent residence visas for you and your accompanying family members.
Other International Skilled Worker or Saskatchewan Experience Sub-categories
  • The SINP will email you a receipt letter once your application is received. Your application number will not change. Use it in all your submissions or any inquiries you may have during the assessment process.
  • Once the SINP receives your complete online application, it will be assessed against the eligibility criteria.
  • The SINP will only contact you (by email) if they have questions about missing documents and/or with the results of your assessment.
  • If the SINP decides you’re not eligible for immigration to the province, you’ll be informed. You may apply again at a later date if your situation changes and you meet the requirements.
  • If you are approved for immigration under the SINP, you will be nominated to the federal government for Permanent Residency status.

What Happens after You are Approved for Nomination

  1. Apply to IRCC using the instructions sent to you with your SINP nomination. All applications for permanent residency must be sent to the Central Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  2. The Canadian visa office will send you instructions on medical examinations. They may also ask for more documentation. In some cases, you may have to attend an interview.
  3. If you meet all the requirements, IRCC will issue permanent residence visas for you and your accompanying family members.

Expression of Interest (EOI) Points Assessment Grid

Candidates in the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Category Expression of Interest (EOI) pool are assessed according to the following five factors: education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection(s) to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability. To enter the SINP EOI pool, candidates are required to score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points in the EOI Points Grid, among other eligibility requirements, in order to be considered.

Selection Factors

Selection factorPoints
Education and trainingMaximum 23 points
Skilled work experienceMaximum 15 points
Language abilityMaximum 20 points
AgeMaximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labour market Maximum 30 points
TotalMaximum 100 points
Pass mark:60 points

Factor 1: Education and Training

The applicant will receive points for his or her education according to documented proof of completed post-secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.

Copies of diplomas, certificates, or degrees for any education/training with complete transcripts must be included in order to receive points under this selection factor.

Education & TrainingPoints
Master’s or Doctorate degree23
University degree that required at least three years of full-time study20
Trade certification equivalent to journey person status in Saskatchewan20
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least two years of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent15
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent to a trade certificate12

Factor 2: Skilled Work Experience

Points are calculated under this selection factor according to documented proof of skilled work experience (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade) in the applicant’s intended occupation in the previous ten years. Two points are awarded for each year of work experience in the most recent five years, and one point is awarded for each year in the six to ten year period prior to applying.

The applicant must show at least one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in his or her intended occupation in order to be eligible.

Documentation must include a letter of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer for each work experience listed, the applicant’s official work book, or other official government documentation.

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to applicationPoints
5 years10
4 years8
3 years6
2 years4
1 year2
Work experience during the six to ten year period prior to applicationPoints
5 years5
4 years4
3 years3
2 years2
1 year0

Factor 3: Language Ability

The applicant will receive points for his or her ability in either of Canada’s official languages, English or French. If proficient in both, the applicant should choose the language that he or she is most comfortable with.

Proof of language proficiency is required in the form of official results of a recent SINP-approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS, General Training), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF).

Applicants must score a minimum of CLB 4 in order to be eligible.

Language abilityPoints
CLB 8 and higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
English or French native speaker without language test results0

Factor 4: Age

The applicant will receive points according to his or her age on the date of application to the SINP.

AgePoints
Less than 18 years0
18-21 years8
22-34 years12
35-45 years10
46-50 years8
Over 50 years0

Factor 5: Connections to the Saskatchewan Labour Market and Adaptability

The applicant will receive points for his or her connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident through document proof of a high skilled employment offer.

Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour MarketPoints
High skilled employment offerThe applicant has a job offer for an occupation classified at NOC level 0, A, B or a designated trade in Saskatchewan30
Close relative in SaskatchewanThe applicant or accompanying spouse has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Saskatchewan. Close relatives include:Parents,Siblings,Grandparents,Aunts and uncles,Nieces and nephews,Cousins, andStep-family members or in-laws of the same relationships.The family members in Saskatchewan must meet the requirements as listed in the Application Guide20
Previous work experience in Saskatchewan The applicant worked in Saskatchewan for at least twelve cumulative months in the past five years on a valid work permit 5
Previous student experience in SaskatchewanThe applicant studied at a recognized Saskatchewan education institution for at least one full-time academic year on a valid study permit5

SINP In-Demand Occupation List

Licensure not required

NOCOccupation
0821Managers in agriculture
8252Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Licensure required

NOCOccupationSINP Requirements Related to Professional Status or Licensure
0822Managers in horticultureFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
2154Land surveyorsProvide documentation from the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) showing your “Candidate status” and eligibility to write the CBEPS candidate examinations.
3111PsychiatristsProvide a copy of valid licensure (regular, provisional, or ministerial) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS);orProvide a copy of the correspondence from Saskdocs including acknowledgement of candidate’s eligibility letter for examination or certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Psychiatry (eligibility for examinations must have two or more years of eligibility remaining) and next steps to obtain licensure to work in Saskatchewan from the CPSS.
3211Medical laboratory technologistsProvide a copy of your valid licensure (temporary or provisional) from the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT).

NOTE: To determine eligibility for a SSMLT licence (temporary or provisional), SSMLT first requires a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) report from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science(CSMLS).
3215Medical Radiation TechnologistsProvide a copy of valid licensure (restricted or full) from the Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (SAMRT);orProvide a copy of the email from the SAMRT Registrar outlining candidate’s eligibility to apply to the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) to have your credentials assessed; AND a copy of the letter from the CAMRT notifying a candidate of his or her assessment results and access to the national certification exam.
3234ParamedicsProvide a copy of valid licensure from the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP);orProvide a copy of the correspondence from SCoP outlining candidate’s eligibility to apply to write the national certification exam related to a candidate’s practice level.
4151PsychologistsProvide documentation from the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists showing your eligibility for provisional licensure.
4212Social and community service workersProvide your assessment of equivalency letter from the Canadian Association of Social Workersshowing your foreign credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor or Masters of Social Work.
4214Early childhood educators and assistantsProvide copies of assessment letter, the Early Learning and Child Care Assessment Sheet, and Certificate of Qualification in Early Childhood Education from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.
6331Meat cuttersFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires candidates to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
7201Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupationsFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
7204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry tradesFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
7311Industrial mechanicsFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanicsFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires candidates to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanicsFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires candidates to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
7322Motor vehicle body repairersFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires candidates to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
7237WeldersFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires candidates to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.
7384Recreation Vehicle ServiceFor Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires candidates to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupation in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the applicant has completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.

2. International Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand

This sub-category is for skilled workers who have experience in one of Saskatchewan’s  in-demand occupations . No job offer in the province is required under this sub-category of International Skilled Worker immigration.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this sub-category, you must pay a non-refundable $300 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step required in order to submit your application.

You may qualify for this sub-category if you live outside Canada or have proof of legal status in Canada, are not a refugee claimant and:

  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid;
  • Have a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
    • Employers and regulatory bodies may ask for language scores that are higher than CLB 4;
  • Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree with this.
  • For degrees and diplomas obtained outside of Canada, you must have an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
  • Have at least one of the following in your field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Have work experience in a high skilled occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0” that’s included on the SINP In-Demand Occupation List.
  • You may be required to provide proof of Professional Status or Licensure (for regulated occupations or those with professional certification standards in Canada and/or Saskatchewan) for your occupation. Please see the SINP In-Demand Occupation List for these requirements. If you are requested to provide proof of licensure, your application will be held for processing until such proof is provided – all other required documents must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded. Do not provide licensure documents unless you have been advised by the SINP.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.

The program criteria can change at any time, but we’ll use what was on this website when we received your complete application.

To apply for this sub-category, you must submit an Expression of Interest. Candidates that are eligible and meet selection criteria will receive an invitation to submit an application. The points scores associated with an Expression of Interest profile will determine the likelihood of receiving an invitation.  Those with high scores within the pool of candidates will have a greater chance of being invited to apply.

When you receive an Invitation to Apply, you must pay a non-refundable $300 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step required in order to submit your complete application.

What is an International Skilled Worker Expression of Interest (EOI)?

An International Skilled Worker EOI is not an application to the SINP.

An International Skilled Worker EOI is a pre-application process which allows candidates to fill in an online form to indicate their interest in applying to the SINP and demonstrate their qualifications.

For more information, please visit International Skilled Worker EOI System.

Not all candidates who submit an International Skilled Worker EOI will be invited to apply to the SINP. There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an EOI, however, candidates can only have one EOI profile.

For assistance on how to create your EOI profile, please see the EOI OASIS Guide.

Who can’t apply through International Skilled Worker Category: Occupation In-Demand?

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

You may not be eligible for nomination if any of the following situations is true:

  • You failed to submit documentation as requested by SINP;
  • You failed to establish that your intent to live and work in Saskatchewan is genuine; and,
  • You and or your representative have intentionally misrepresented yourselves in the application.

Assessment Rating

You must score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 points on the Point Assessment Grid to be considered for nomination.

You are awarded points on the basis of five factors:

  • education and training;
  • skilled work experience;
  • language ability;
  • age; and,
  • connections to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability.

You must attach documents to support the information for the eligibility criteria and points factors. For example, if you claim 20 points for having a university degree, you must attach a copy of your university degree and complete transcripts. If your degree is printed in a language other than English or French, you must also attach a translated version.

How to Apply

Applications that are submitted where documents are missing or not translated will be considered incomplete and the application will be closed. If your application is closed, you will be sent a letter and advised to reapply at a later date with a complete application.

The International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-category

Submit an online profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry System. Once you’re accepted into the Express Entry Pool, you’ll receive a Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code. Next, follow the steps below.

All Sub-Categories in the International Skilled Worker Category and the Saskatchewan Experience Category

  1. Obtain all the required documents. Complete the required provincial and federal forms and any other federal forms that apply to your situation.
  2. Review and organize your completed forms and supporting documents to ensure you have a complete application package.
  3. Apply at SINP Apply Online. If you received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) as an EOI candidate, you must login using the same account that you created for your EOI profile. If you are applying with a job offer, you’ll need to create an account. 
  4. Complete the different sections of your online application. Scan and upload all your completed forms and required documents in PDF format onto your online application. Keep the originals for your records.
  5. Save, pay the fee (Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand subcategories only) and submit your application online.

Be sure to complete, scan and submit the following to the SINP, as part of your application:

  • All provincial and federal forms you’ll need for your application; and
  • All required documents.

Your application may be rejected if documents are:

  • Missing;
  • Not translated; or
  • Unclear.

If the SINP rejects your application, we will send you instructions on what is required or missing and how to apply again.

Applicants can only have one active application with the SINP at any one time. Multiple applications will not be accepted.

General Guidelines for Completing the Forms

  • Be sure to upload and save all federal forms to your SINP online application.
  • If you need more space for any form, attach a separate sheet of paper to the back of the intended form and indicate the number of the question you are answering.
  • Answer all questions. Your application will be rejected if you leave any sections blank.
  • Write the answer “None”, for any sections that don’t apply to you. For example, on Schedule A – Background/Declaration, question 11 is about past military service. If you have never served in the military, answer this question with “None”.
  • If your application is accepted and the information you provide in the forms changes before you arrive in Canada, you must inform the SINP office and the visa office where your application was sent. Be sure to do this even if your visa has already been issued.

Include all dependents in Your Application

You must list all dependents on your application to the SINP even if they’re not coming to Canada with you. The dependents to list include:

  • Spouse – A husband or wife of the opposite or same sex;
  • Common-law partner – A person of the opposite or same sex that you’ve lived with in a relationship like a marriage, for at least one full year; and,
  • Dependent children – Daughters and sons (including step-children, children adopted before the age of 22, and children who are not in your custody) who:
    • are under the age of 22 and do not have a spouse or common-law partner; and/or
    • are 22 years old or older and have depended on your financial support since before the age of 22; and
    • they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition.

Parents and siblings of the principal applicant cannot be included in the SINP application.

If you don’t include dependent family members in your application, they can’t be nominated for permanent residency later. If you have dependents that won’t be coming with you to Canada, you must provide a detailed reason and supporting documentation stating why they won’t be coming with you. Acceptable reasons and documentation are a legal separation and custody orders. The SINP may disqualify your application if your dependents are not coming with you and the supporting documentation is not enough (e.g. financial reasons, unresolved custody issues, etc).

To have your dependent family members join you in Canada later, you’ll need to:

  • Apply to the Government of Canada’s Family Sponsorship program or to another immigration category.
  • Have that application approved before your dependent family members can join you in Canada.
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2. After You Apply

The International Skilled Worker Category – Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-category

  • Once the SINP receives your complete online application, it will be assessed against the eligibility criteria.
  • The SINP will email you a receipt letter once your application is received. Your application number will not change.  Use it in all your submissions or any inquiries you may have during the assessment process.
  • The SINP will only contact you (by email) if they have questions about missing documents and/or with the results of your assessment.
  • If the SINP decides you’re not eligible for immigration to the province, you’ll be informed. You may apply again at a later date if your situation changes and you meet the requirements.
  • If you’re approved for immigration under the SINP, you’ll be nominated to the federal government for permanent residency status.

What Happens After You Are Approved for Nomination

  1. The SINP will enter the details of your nomination in the Express Entry system.
  2. Next, IRCC will ask you to confirm that you accept the SINP’s nomination. You’ll have 30 days to accept the SINP nomination in the Express Entry system.
  3. After you accept your SINP nomination, IRCC will invite you to apply for permanent residence. You’ll have 60 days to submit this application. Be sure to follow the instructions from IRCC on how to submit your application.  Visit Invitations to apply – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry) for more information.
  4. IRCC will send you instructions on medical examinations. They may also ask for more documentation.  In some cases, you may have to attend an interview.
  5. If you meet all the requirements, IRCC will issue permanent residence visas for you and your accompanying family members.

Other International Skilled Worker or Saskatchewan Experience Sub-categories

  • The SINP will email you a receipt letter once your application is received. Your application number will not change. Use it in all your submissions or any inquiries you may have during the assessment process.
  • Once the SINP receives your complete online application, it will be assessed against the eligibility criteria.
  • The SINP will only contact you (by email) if they have questions about missing documents and/or with the results of your assessment.
  • If the SINP decides you’re not eligible for immigration to the province, you’ll be informed. You may apply again at a later date if your situation changes and you meet the requirements.
  • If you are approved for immigration under the SINP, you will be nominated to the federal government for Permanent Residency status.

What Happens after You are Approved for Nomination

  1. Apply to IRCC using the instructions sent to you with your SINP nomination. All applications for permanent residency must be sent to the Central Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  2. The Canadian visa office will send you instructions on medical examinations. They may also ask for more documentation. In some cases, you may have to attend an interview.
  3. If you meet all the requirements, IRCC will issue permanent residence visas for you and your accompanying family members.

3. International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer

This sub-category is for skilled workers who have already received an offer of employment from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible under the International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Demonstrate sufficient language proficiency through a minimum language test score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 across all four language competencies (reading, writing, speaking, listening) from a designated testing agency;
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer that is registered with the SINP in either an occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix as Skill type 0 or Skill Level A or B, OR in a designated trade in Saskatchewan;
  • Have at least one year of paid work experience in the past ten years in the intended occupation;
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if the job offer is in an occupation that is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

Expression of Interest (EOI) Points Assessment Grid

Candidates in the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Category Expression of Interest (EOI) pool are assessed according to the following five factors: education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection(s) to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability. To enter the SINP EOI pool, candidates are required to score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points in the EOI Points Grid, among other eligibility requirements, in order to be considered.

Selection Factors

Selection factorPoints
Education and trainingMaximum 23 points
Skilled work experienceMaximum 15 points
Language abilityMaximum 20 points
AgeMaximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labour market Maximum 30 points
TotalMaximum 100 points
Pass mark:60 points

Factor 1: Education and Training

The applicant will receive points for his or her education according to documented proof of completed post-secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.

Copies of diplomas, certificates, or degrees for any education/training with complete transcripts must be included in order to receive points under this selection factor.

Education & TrainingPoints
Master’s or Doctorate degree23
University degree that required at least three years of full-time study20
Trade certification equivalent to journey person status in Saskatchewan20
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least two years of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent15
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent to a trade certificate12

Factor 2: Skilled Work Experience

Points are calculated under this selection factor according to documented proof of skilled work experience (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade) in the applicant’s intended occupation in the previous ten years. Two points are awarded for each year of work experience in the most recent five years, and one point is awarded for each year in the six to ten year period prior to applying.

The applicant must show at least one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in his or her her intended occupation in order to be eligible.

Documentation must include a letter of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer for each work experience listed, the applicant’s official work book, or other official government documentation.

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to applicationPoints
5 years10
4 years8
3 years6
2 years4
1 year2
Work experience during the six to ten year period prior to applicationPoints
5 years5
4 years4
3 years3
2 years2
1 year0

Factor 3: Language Ability

The applicant will receive points for his or her ability in either of Canada’s official languages, English or French. If proficient in both, the applicant should choose the language that he or she is most comfortable with.

Proof of language proficiency is required in the form of official results of a recent SINP-approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS, General Training), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF).

Applicants must score a minimum of CLB 4 in order to be eligible.

Language abilityPoints
CLB 8 and higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
English or French native speaker without language test results0

Factor 4: Age

The applicant will receive points according to his or her age on the date of application to the SINP.

AgePoints
Less than 18 years0
18-21 years8
22-34 years12
35-45 years10
46-50 years8
Over 50 years0

Factor 5: Connections to the Saskatchewan Labour Market and Adaptability

The applicant will receive points for his or her connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident through document proof of a high skilled employment offer.

Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour MarketPoints
High skilled employment offerThe applicant has a job offer for an occupation classified at NOC level 0, A, B or a designated trade in Saskatchewan30
Close relative in SaskatchewanThe applicant or accompanying spouse has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Saskatchewan. Close relatives include:Parents,Siblings,Grandparents,Aunts and uncles,Nieces and nephews,Cousins, andStep-family members or in-laws of the same relationships.The family members in Saskatchewan must meet the requirements as listed in the Application Guide20
Previous work experience in Saskatchewan The applicant worked in Saskatchewan for at least twelve cumulative months in the past five years on a valid work permit 5
Previous student experience in SaskatchewanThe applicant studied at a recognized Saskatchewan education institution for at least one full-time academic year on a valid study permit 5

Designated Trades

List of Designated Trades for Saskatchewan

When Not to Apply

Candidates will not be considered eligible under the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Category if they:

  • Are refugee claimants in Canada;
  • Are health professionals;
  • Are food and beverage servers/persons;
  • Failed to submit documentation as requested by the SINP;
  • Do not genuinely intend to live and work in Saskatchewan on a permanent basis; or
  • Have intentionally misrepresented themselves in the application.

2. SINP Saskatchewan Experience Category

This category of the SINP offers foreign workers currently working and residing in the province the opportunity to immigrate permanently to Saskatchewan.

Candidates must be working in Canada on a valid work permit and must genuinely intend to economically establish in Saskatchewan. There are five sub-categories under this provincial nominee immigration category:

  • Existing Work Permit
  • Health Professionals
  • Hospitality Sector Project
  • Long Haul Truck Driver Project
  • Students

Existing Work Permit

This sub-category targets skilled workers in Saskatchewan who have been working in the province on a valid work permit for a minimum of six months and who have received a permanent offer of employment for that position. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible under the Saskatchewan Experience – Existing Work Permit sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have a valid work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation, OR in a designated trade;
  • Have worked for at least six months for the employer offering the permanent job, under a valid work permit issued by IRCC; 
    • The job offer must be for the same position that the candidate has been working in for the past six months.
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 if the job offer is in a NOC C occupation (a designated trade);
    • The language test must be from a designated testing agency and must have been taken within two years of the date of application.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Have proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if the occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensure. 

Health Professionals

This sub-category provides skilled workers with an opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Saskatchewan if they have been working full-time in the province on a temporary work permit as either a physician, nurse, or other health professional for a minimum of six months and have received an offer of employment for that position. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Minimum Requirements for Physicians

In order to be eligible as a physician under the health professionals sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have a valid work permit issued by IRCC;
  • Have been practicing as a physician in Saskatchewan for at least six months;
  • Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment that is:
    • Issued by a provincial health authority or the health education institution where they are currently employed; and/or
    • Verified with documents that describe their permanent arrangement to practice medicine in a Saskatchewan medical office;
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Obtain a letter of support from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CoPSS) that states the candidate’s type of license, license expiry date, and their support for the candidate to obtain permanent residence status in Saskatchewan.
    • If applicable, the candidate will also require a letter from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada indicating that he or she has licensing in a particular specialty.

Minimum Requirements for Nurses

To be eligible as a nurse under the SINP`s Saskatchewan Experience – Health Professional`s sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have a valid work permit issued by IRCC;
  • Have been practicing as a nurse in Saskatchewan for six months or more;
  • Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment issued by a Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, or another publicly-funded health employer; and
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

Minimum Requirements for Other Health Professions

In order to be considered eligible under the Other Health Professions sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have completed a post-secondary training course of at least one academic year, related to their intended health occupation;
  • Have a valid work permit issued by IRCC;
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, B, or C health occupation;
  • Have worked for the employer offering the job, in the same job position, for a minimum of six months;
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 if the job offer is in a NOC C occupation;
    • The language test must be from a designated testing agency and must have been taken within two years of the date of application.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Have proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if the occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensure.

Hospitality Sector Project

This sub-category is for temporary foreign workers seeking to immigrate permanently to Saskatchewan who have been working in the province for an SINP-approved employer for at least six months on a valid work permit in one of the following occupations:

  • Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6453),
  • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641), or
  • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661).

Candidates must have a permanent and full-time job offer from their employer that is approved by the SINP prior to making an application. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered eligible under the Hospitality Sector Project sub-category, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid work permit for one of the following occupations:
    • Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6453);
    • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641); or
    • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661).
  • Be employed in Saskatchewan for six months or more, working for an approved Saskatchewan Hospitality employer;
  • Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment from an approved Saskatchewan Hospitality employer;
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter;
  • Have completed, at minimum, a high school education (or its equivalent); and
  • Demonstrate language proficiency of CLB 4 or higher across all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) on a language test from a designated testing agency taken within two years of the date of application.

Long Haul Truck Driver Project

This sub-category enables trucking firms to bring long-haul truck drivers (National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 7411) to Saskatchewan under Service Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker policy, which covers jobs that require a high school diploma or on-the-job training. Truckers working in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit for six months or more can use this immigration sub-category if they have received an offer of full-time, permanent employment from the trucking firm.

The job offer must be approved by the SINP prior to making an application. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible under the Long Haul Truck Drivers Project sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have been working for an SINP-approved Saskatchewan trucking firm for at least six months on a temporary work permit;
  • Have a current Saskatchewan Class 1A driver’s license;
  • Have an offer of full-time, permanent employment from their employer (which must be an SINP-approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan);
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Demonstrate language proficiency of CLB 4 or higher across all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) on a language test from a designated testing agency taken within two years of the date of application.

Students

This sub-category targets students who have recently graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada and who have received a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Minimum Requirements for Graduates of Saskatchewan Institutes

In order to be eligible as a graduate of a Saskatchewan institute under the Students sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have graduated with a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Saskatchewan;
    • The program must have been equivalent to at least one academic year (eight months) of full-time study.
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 as demonstrated on a designated language test taken within the past two years if the job offer is in a NOC level C occupation;
  • Have a minimum of six months (960 hours) of paid work experience in Saskatchewan;
    • Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include: on-campus, off-campus, co-op terms, graduate fellowships that can be verified by the institution, and work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • Have applied for and received a valid post-graduation work permit from IRCC;
  • Have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in their field of study from a Saskatchewan employer in a NOC level 0, A, or B occupation or trade, OR a job offer requiring post-secondary education; and
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

Minimum Requirements for Graduates of Canadian Institutes (Outside Saskatchewan)

To be eligible under the Students sub-category as a graduate of a Canadian institute outside of Saskatchewan, applicants must:

  • Have graduated with a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada (outside of Saskatchewan);
    • The program must have been equivalent to at least one academic year (eight months) of full-time study.
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 as demonstrated on a designated language test taken within the previous two years if the job offer is in a NOC level C occupation;
  • Have a minimum of 24 consecutive months (two years) of paid full-time work experience (minimum 3,840 hours) in Saskatchewan after graduation and after receiving a valid post-graduation work permit;
    • Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • Have a valid post-graduation work permit from IRCC;
  • Have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in their field of study from a Saskatchewan employer in an NOC level 0, A or B occupation, OR a designated trade, OR a job offer requiring a post-secondary education; and
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

When Not to Apply

Candidates will not be considered eligible under the SINP’s Saskatchewan Experience Category if they:

  • Are refugee claimants in Canada;
  • Are international students who have not completed their program of study;
  • Failed to submit documentation as requested by SINP;
  • Failed to establish that their intent to live and work in Saskatchewan is genuine; and,
  • Have intentionally misrepresented themselves in the application.

4. SINP Entrepreneur Category

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Entrepreneur Category offers candidates the opportunity to establish, acquire, or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in its management.

The next scheduled invitation round for the SINP’s Entrepreneur Category is November 21, 2018.

The Nomination Process

There are three steps to the nomination process:

Step 1: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP

Prospective immigrants indicate their interest in residing in Saskatchewan and operating a business in the province by providing information about their entrepreneurial experience, assets, and Business Establishment Plan (BEP), among other factors, in an online survey. Those candidates who meet the minimum entry criteria will be accepted into the EOI candidate pool where they are ranked according to selection factors on the points criteria grid and given a score.

Step 2: Invitation to Apply

Candidates are selected from the EOI system based on their score. The top scoring EOIs are prioritized for selection and formal application submission. Selected candidates are invited to apply to the SINP under the Entrepreneur immigration sub-category. Candidates then undergo the verification process. Those who pass this stage will be issued a SINP Entrepreneur Approval Letter, which will convey support of the applicant’s request to IRCC for a two year temporary work permit with which the candidate can reside and work legally in Saskatchewan while he or she implements the business proposal.

Step 3: Nomination

Once an applicant satisfies the conditions of the Business Performance Agreement he or she can apply to be nominated by the SINP for permanent residence.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be considered eligible under the Entrepreneur Category, applicants must:

  • Meet the minimum entry criteria to submit an EOI to the SINP:
    • A minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD, verified by a Ministry-approved professional third party;
    • Accumulation of net worth through legal means, verified to at least 80 percent by a Ministry-approved professional third party; 
    • At least three years of entrepreneurial experience within the past 10 years; and
    • A minimum equity investment of $300,000 CAD in Regina or Saskatoon, or a minimum of $200,000 CAD in any other Saskatchewan community.
  • Have and be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of their Business Establishment Plan (BEP);
  • Own at least one-third (33.33 percent) of the equity of a business in Saskatchewan unless their total investment is $1,000,000 CAD or higher;
  • Create or maintain a minimum of two jobs for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents in Saskatchewan (non-relative workers) if establishing a new business in Saskatoon or Regina;
  • If purchasing an existing business in Saskatoon or Regina, the applicant must maintain the business’ staffing complement (the number of Canadian or permanent resident workers) in place at the time of purchase.
  • Reside in Saskatchewan with their dependent family members; and
  • Sign a business performance agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, which will be provided by the SINP after the application is approved.

Minimum Requirements for Businesses

For a business to be considered eligible under this category, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • The business must have the potential for creating economic benefit to Saskatchewan, as assessed by SINP immigration officer;
  • The business can be a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or Corporation, but must meet the legal requirements of the community in which it operates;
  • The business must be a for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services; and
  • The business must be considered a “permanent establishment” as defined under subsection 400(2) of the Canadian Income Tax Regulations, 1985.

Additional Requirements for Business Succession

If purchasing a previously existing Saskatchewan business, the following requirements must be met:

  • The business must have been in continuous operation by the same owner for the past three years;
  • The applicant must complete an exploratory visit to meet the previous owner(s);
  • Reasonable efforts must be taken to establish a fair market value for the business;
  • There must be a complete change in ownership where the applicant assumes full control of the business; and
  • The applicant must commit to maintaining employment for existing Canadian citizens or permanent residents above the minimum required, as well as maintaining existing wages and employment terms.

If purchasing a previously existing Saskatchewan business from an SINP Entrepreneur Nominee, the following requirements must be met:

  • The business must have been in continuous operation by the previous owner for at least three years;
  • The business must demonstrate a net profit for at least two of the previous three years;
  • The previous owner must be either a Permanent Resident or a Canadian Citizen;
  • The applicant must complete an exploratory visit to meet the current owner(s);
  • Reasonable efforts must be taken to establish a fair market value for the business;
  • There must be a complete change in ownership where the applicant assumed full control of the business; and
  • The applicant must commit to maintaining employment for existing Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Additional Requirements for Joint Ventures between SINP Program Applicants 

If proposing a joint venture with another SINP applicant in the operation of a new business, the purchase of an existing business, or a partnership with a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen, the following requirements must be met:

  • The business must have been in continuous operation by the same owner for the past three years;
  • Applicants must complete an exploratory visit to meet the previous owner(s) or business partner(s);
  • Reasonable efforts must be taken to establish a fair market value for the business or investment amount;
  • Any succession must result in a complete change in ownership where the applicants assume full control of the business;
  • Applicants must maintain employment for existing Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
    • Applicants are not required to create additional jobs.
  • Applicants must clearly indicate in their application form that they are proposing a joint venture with a program applicant or a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, and identify their proposed business partners;
  • Each prospective applicant must submit their individual EOI simultaneously;

NOTE: Each prospective applicant in a joint venture application will be evaluated individually. Selection from the EOI pool for processing will depend on their individual abilities to meet eligibility criteria and earn points. If a partner is not selected from the pool, all other partners must update their business proposal in order to remain eligible for the EOI points previously earned. If all partners are selected from the pool and approved, each will sign a separate Business Performance Agreement, and each partner must meet the terms of his/her agreement to be nominated. If one or more partners fail to meet the terms of their Business Performance Agreement, all remaining partners must update their performance agreements to ensure they continue to meet program criteria.

Minimum Investment Requirements

An investment will be considered eligible if it is essential to the establishment and operation a new business, or to the purchase, improvement and operation of an existing business. Some investments may considered eligible within limitations.

Expression of Interest Points Grid

Using the points assessment grid, candidates are allocated points for various elements under three categories: human capital, business experience, and business establishment plan.

Human Capital Factors

FactorDescriptionPointsMaximum points
Age20 or less0   15 
21-2910
30-3915
40-5410
55+0
Exploratory VisitHas conducted an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for at least five working days with evidence of contact with relevant business contacts.1515
Official Language Ability (English or French) No language test0  15 
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 45
CLB 510
CLB 6+15
Qualifications/Education Has a trade or occupational certification that required at least one year full-time post-secondary training or apprenticeship equivalent10 15 
Has completed a Bachelor Degree or Post-Graduate Degree/Designation in a Business, Agriculture, or Science/Technology field15
Net Business and Personal Assets $500,000 – $549,999 CAD0  15 
$550,000 – $749,999 CAD5
$750,000 – $999,999 CAD10
$1,000,000+ CAD15

Business Experience

FactorDescriptionPointsMaximum points
Entrepreneurial Experience   4 to 7 years entrepreneurial experience10  20   
8 or more years entrepreneurial experience15
4 to 7 years entrepreneurial experience with 50%+ ownership in business15
8 or more years entrepreneurial experience with 50%+ ownership in business20
Business Revenue   $50,000 – $99,999 CAD5  20   
$100,000 – $249,999 CAD10
$250,000 – $499,999 CAD15
$500,000 CAD+ 20
InnovationPrevious verifiable experience in:Export Trade10 10
Registered patents10
Gazelle business10

Business Establishment Plan

FactorDescriptionPointsMaximum points
Investment Amount(Total equity to establish or purchase and expand an eligible business in SK)$200,000 – $349,999 CAD0  20
$350,000 – $499,999 CAD5
$500,000 – $749,999 CAD10
$750,000 – $999,999 CAD15
$1,000,000+ CAD20
Investment in Key Economic SectorsScience and technology15  15
Manufacturing15
Export15
Rural business succession15
Rural business development15

Business Establishment Plan

The Business Establishment Plan (BEP) must be a coherent and well-thought-out plan for successful settlement and business development in Saskatchewan. The plan should outline the steps that the applicant will take to ensure that the business has a reasonable chance of success and can be implemented upon arrival. Additionally, it should demonstrate that the business meets the minimum required investment level and that the applicant will hold an active managerial position in the business. The BEP should show that the candidate has conducted extensive research into the economic, market, and cultural factors relevant to the proposed business.

A third party may help the applicant develop the BEP, however, it is crucial that the applicant has complete knowledge and understanding of his or her plan. In the event that the applicant is unaware of the BEP’s contents, he or she may be deemed ineligible and the points for the BEP on his or her EOI may not be awarded.

Regardless of whether the candidate intends to purchase an existing business or establish a new one, the BEP must touch on all of the following topics: the business idea, economic benefit, investment, business relationships, and human capital.

Business Idea

The business idea section of the Business Establishment Plan must:

  • Specify the proposed industry/sector in which the business will operate; Include the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code;
  • Provide a description of the proposed business, including:
    • The legal name and the trading name of the business (in the case of business succession), 
    • Details of any changes the candidate is considering making to the business operation (in the case of business succession).
  • Include business ownership information – partnership, proprietorship, corporation, franchise, acquisition;
  • Specify the proposed location for the business (city or town);
  • Provide a market analysis;
    • Target market(s)? Suppliers? Major competitors? 
  • Specify which products and/or services the business will offer;
  • Specify which distribution channels the business will use;
  • Specify the business’ hours of operation;
  • Specofy any regulations or licenses required to operate the business;
  • Specify the number of jobs to be created for Canadians or Permanent Residents living in Saskatchewan; and
  • Include full details of research undertaken to support these plans.

Economic Benefit

This section of the BEP must describe the economic benefit to the community being served, such as:

  • Adopting and introducing new technology;
  • Developing new products or services;
  • Developing innovative approaches to traditional businesses;
  • Increasing exports;
  • Increasing research and development or technology commercialization;
  • Providing products or services to an under-served local or regional market; and/or
  • Transferring technology and specialized knowledge to Saskatchewan.

Investment

The investment section of the BEP should include:

  • The proposed investment amount, including how the money will be spent;
  • The fore-casted start-up funds and expenses, including a cash flow projection for the first year of operation;
  • The source of financing for investment (the minimum investment amount must come from the applicant’s own funds); and
  • The amount of credit if credit will be required in addition to investment from personal resources.

Business Relationships

In this section of the BEP, the candidate should provide:

  • The name, organisations, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and emails of contracted professional business service providers who the applicant has contacted and/or has established an active working relationship or paid contractual agreement with;
  • The name, organization name, mailing address, email and telephone number of the person who compiled or assisted in the compilation of the BEP; and
  • A summary of people contracted or consulted in preparation of the BEP.

Human Capital

This final section of the plan should include:

  • The management contribution the candidate will make with respect to the proposed business, including an estimate of the hours he or she will spend managing and/or working in the business on a weekly basis;
  • Any preparation and training for entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan (including course titles and institution names, if applicable);
  • The candidate’s educational background and its relevance to the proposed business idea; and
  • The candidate’s entrepreneurial experience and its relevance to the proposed business idea.
    • If the candidate has no relevant experience or background directly related to the proposed business, he or she should explain how his or her knowledge or experience can be applied to the business.

Exploratory Visit Report

For all applicants choosing to invest in a business succession opportunity, a joint venture, or a regional business opportunity, an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan is mandatory. These applicants must complete an Exploratory Visit Report, to be submitted along with their online application, that provides details on the activities undertaken during their visit to Saskatchewan. The report must cover the entire length of stay in Canada, including time spent in other provinces, if any.

The Exploratory Visit Report must include:

  • The name of the professional business service providers or settlement organizations visited during the trip, including mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and emails;
  • A description of the activity and/or meeting and how it relates to the applicant’s business establishment or settlement;
  • Copies of all airline tickets, boarding passes, and hotel receipts during the candidate’s entire stay in Canada;
  • Copies of business cards collected from relevant contact and business service providers contacted during the visit; and
  • Details of any visits to the existing business location and meetings with current owners, in the case of business succession.

When Not to Apply

Ineligible Applicants

Applicants are considered ineligible if they:

  • Are refugee claimants in Canada;
  • Are living illegally in their country of residence or in Canada;
  • Have had a removal order issued against them by IRCC or Canada Border Services Agency;
  • Are prohibited from entering Canada;
  • (or any dependent family member, accompanying or not) have a serious medical condition;
  • (or any dependent family member, accompanying or not, over the age of 18) have a criminal record;
  • Have unresolved custody or child support disputes affecting any member of their family; and/or
  • Have intentionally misrepresented themselves in their application.

Ineligible Businesses

The following types of businesses are considered ineligible for the SINP Entrepreneur Category:

  • Property rental, investment, and leasing activities;
  • Real estate construction/development/brokerage, insurance brokerage, or business brokerage;
  • Professional services or self-employed business operators requiring licensing or accreditation;
  • Pay day loan, cheque cashing, money changing, and cash machines;
  • Credit unions;
  • Home-based businesses, including bed-and-breakfasts and lodging houses;
  • Co-operatives; and
  • Investments into a business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income.

Invitation History

The table below shows the history of invitations to apply issued under this SINP program as of January 2019.

Expression of Interest (EOI) Selections
January 3, 2019Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
115 – 15012090
November 21, 2018Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
115 – 13512084
September 19, 2018Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
110-13511571
July 18, 2018Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
100-135105187
April 18, 2018Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
90-135100231
January 17, 2018Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
80-14595251
October 31, 2017Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
80-135100265
July 19, 2017Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
180-14510098
May 24, 2017 Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
80-140105142
March 2017 Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
95–135110107
December 2016 Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
120–13012014
September 2016Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
110–13511557
May 2016Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
110–15512088
October 2015Points rangeAverageTotal Invitations Issued
110–15512570
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