Saskatchewan Launches New Pathway Under Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

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CANADA, March 7 – Aired March 7, 2022

New Immigration Stream to Target Highly Skilled Tech Talent

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the new Tech Talent Pathway under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to attract highly skilled tech professionals to the province.

The Tech Talent Pathway will support Saskatchewan’s thriving tech sector by alleviating critical labor shortages. The SINP is known around the world and is the main immigration program for those moving to Saskatchewan. Employers in Saskatchewan’s technology and innovation sectors will be able to attract more highly skilled talent to support the expansion of this sector and increase Saskatchewan’s global competitiveness.

“As Saskatchewan emerges from the impacts of the global pandemic, our technology sector will be an important driver of economic growth,” said Immigration and Skills Minister Jeremy Harrison. “The new Tech Talent Pathway provides our Saskatchewan employers with a dedicated stream to attract highly skilled talent to our burgeoning tech sector.”

This new stream will facilitate and expedite the permanent immigration of technology workers already working in Saskatchewan, as well as those recruited from outside Canada.

“SaskTech’s economy is built on our ability to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants who form critical anchors of specialized skills in our communities and workforce,” said SaskTech President, Dr. Aaron Genest. “The Tech Talent Pathway provides a competitive advantage to Saskatchewan industries and is unique in Canada. It streamlines the immigration process and recognizes that we want our immigrants to stay right here in our province to join us in creating innovative solutions for Saskatchewan to export to the world.”

To be eligible, candidates for the Tech Talent Pathway must have:

  • An employer-specific SINP employment endorsement letter for an eligible occupation in the technology sector;
  • a minimum official language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (NCLC) level 5 if the applicant is not working in Saskatchewan at the time of application or CLB level 7 if applying for Express Entry;
  • at least one year of work experience in this occupation within the past five years; or six months of work in Saskatchewan;
  • post-secondary education; and
  • be eligible for a Saskatchewan professional license (applicable to qualifying computer, software, electrical and electronics engineers).

The Tech Talent Pathway is scheduled to launch on March 7, 2022. To learn more about the new stream, please visit http://www.saskatchewan.ca/tech-applicants.

For more information on the initiative and eligibility criteria, contact Immigration Services at the Department of Immigration and Skills Training at 1-833-613-0485 or immigration@gov.sk.ca .

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For more information contact:

Robin Speer Immigration and Career Training Regina Phone: 306-519-5006 Email: robin.speer@gov.sk.ca

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