The Saskatchewan Government launched today a new pilot program under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to tackle the province’s hard-to-fill posts.
The Difficult-to-Fill Skills Employers in Saskatchewan will be able to hire workers for chosen jobs that face severe recruitment issues through foreign missions or other international recruitment operations as part of the pilot programme.
The employment that is qualified for this pilot will enable the application of low and entry-level positions and may necessitate on-the-job training, but they are necessary for businesses to continue to operate and expand. Health, manufacturing, agriculture, ag-tech, construction, hospitality, and retail are among the industries with the highest labour demand.
“The demand for labour in our province is strong, and it’s only going to increase with the significant economic projects recently announced in Saskatchewan,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.
Harrison further added, “this new Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot – developed in Saskatchewan for Saskatchewan – is progress on our autonomy discussions with the federal government and is going to help provide employers with greater access to international options to recruit workers. This is in addition to record investments into training and upskilling our provincial workforce, as we enter a period of strong growth coming out of the global pandemic.”
Workers selected through this route would have the support of their employers and the community behind them, which would help them succeed. The pilot is set to begin in December of 2021.
“This is very positive news for businesses in the hospitality industry in Saskatchewan,” Hospitality Saskatchewan President and CEO Jim Bence said. “This pilot project is designed to attract talent and a great program for all sectors currently experiencing labor recruitment challenges in the province. While we always work hard to exhaust every opportunity to hire locally, we have to be creative to ensure we have the right labour supply to help our business and communities grow and thrive in Saskatchewan, something this very unique program will be especially helpful with post-Covid.”
Applicants to the Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:
- Have a full-time, permanent offer of work from a registered Saskatchewan employer, as well as a SINP job approval letter for an approved occupation;
- Meet a minimal level of proficiency in a Canadian Official Language; and
- Meet the minimal educational and work experience criteria, which include at least one year of experience in the same occupation as the job offer or six months in that position in Saskatchewan.
Before using the pilot program for recruitment, companies must demonstrate that they have made considerable attempts to hire domestically, establish the necessity and benefit for their firm, and meet conditions relating to providing settlement aid for the workers.