Saskatchewan reopens nominee programme

The Saskatchewan government last week reopened its Immigrant Nominee Programme with immediate effect to accept a further 1,000 applications in this fiscal year.

This sub-category had previously opened in January 2015, but the intake threshold was met within days.

Applications will currently be accepted from applicants with experience in one of 57 eligible occupations. However, once the threshold is met the programme is likely to be closed again.

Due to a booming economy, Saskatchewan has become an increasingly popular destination for Canada-bound immigrants over the past few years. It presently has the lowest unemployment rate of any Canadian province (and has had for the past 22 months) and has the second fastest growing population in Canada. As of April 2015, there were 1,134,402 people living in Saskatchewan, an increase of 1,762 in the past quarter and an increase of 14,273 in the past year. The majority of this increase is fuelled by immigration.

In addition having skills in a occupation listed as an in-demand occupation, successful applicants through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Programme, will also need to be educated to a diploma, trade certificate or degree level, need good English or French language skills, and had recent previous work experience in their occupation.

A man attraction of this programme is that skilled workers who do not have an employment offer but are highly skilled in an occupation that is in-demand may be eligible to apply for nomination by the SINP.

The following occupations are all classed as in demand in Sask:

Construction managers

Financial auditors and accountants

Loan officers

Secretaries (except legal and medical)

Civil engineers

Mechanical engineers

Electrical and electronics engineers

Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

Information systems analysts and consultants

Software Engineers and Designers

Computer programmers and interactive media developers

Chemical technologists and technicians

Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

Biological technologists and technicians

Agricultural and fish products inspectors

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

Construction estimators

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

Computer Network Technicians

User support technicians

Systems testing technicians

University Professors

Business Development  Officers and  Marketing Researchers and Consultants

Technical sales specialists, wholesale trade

Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

Contractors and supervisors, heavy construction equipment crews

Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

Tie and Die Makers

Electricians (except industrial and power system)

Industrial electricians

Telecommunications installation and repair workers


Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

Sheet metal workers

Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters

Welders and related machine operators



Concrete finishers


Plasterers, drywall installers, finishers and lathers

Roofers and shinglers



Painters and decorators

Floor covering installers

Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (except textile)

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

Machine fitters

Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers

Motor vehicle body repairers

Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

Supervisors, food, beverage and tobacco processing