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Saskatchewan PNP’s new Tech Immigration Program

Saskatchewan has introduced its new Tech Talent Pathway under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for the tech workers to apply for the permanent resident on March 7.

The new immigration program has been launched to lower down the labour shortages in the tech sector of the province.

“As Saskatchewan emerges from the impacts of the global pandemic, our technology sector will be an important driver of economic growth,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said in a media release. “The new Tech Talent Pathway provides our Saskatchewan employers with a dedicated stream for the attraction of highly skilled talent into our thriving technology sector.”

“The economy of Saskatchewan relies on our ability to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants who form critical anchors of specialized skills in our communities and workforce,” SaskTech President Dr. Aaron Genest said in the release. “The Tech Talent Pathway offers a competitive advantage to Saskatchewan industries and is unique in Canada. It streamlines the immigration process and acknowledges 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, applicants to the Tech Talent Pathway must have:

  • An employer-specific SINP Job Approval Letter for an eligible technology sector occupation;
  • a minimum official language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 if the applicant is not working in Saskatchewan when they apply or CLB level 7 if applying for Express Entry;
  • at least one year of work experience in that occupation in the past five years; or six months working in Saskatchewan;
  • post-secondary education; and
  • be eligible for Saskatchewan professional licensing (applicable to eligible computer, software, electrical, and electronics engineers).
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Eligible Criteria:

Eligible Occupations:

Candidates having a Job offer in one of the following occupations having, National Occupation Classification (NOC) code becomes eligible to apply under Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway.

National Occupational Classification [NOC] CodeJob Title
0213Computer and information systems managers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
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A candidate is eligible if:

  • he lives outside Canada or has legal status in Canada, and is not a refugee claimant.
  • have an offer for an eligible permanent, full-time technology or innovation sector job in the province, regardless of if he is applying as an Express Entry candidate or not. He will need a valid SINP Job approval letter to show proof, & to attest to his intent to work and reside there.

If the candidate is applying from Saskatchewan, he must be currently working in the province and have worked full time for at least six months for the employer offering the eligible job.
Full time, according to the government means at least 30 hours per week.

If the candidate has not been working for a supporting employer full-time for at least six months,
then he needs to have at least one year of work experience in his occupation within the last five years.

If the candidate is applying from other provinces of Canada, or from outside Canada, he needs one year of related work experience in the intended occupation within the past five years.

For the language requirement, those who are currently working will have to meet the language requirements established by their employer.
If not currently working for the employer who is offering the job, the language ability will have to be CLB 5 or higher in English or French.

The candidate must be eligible for Saskatchewan licensing if the occupation requires it. Candidates who are Computer engineers, Software engineers (but not designers), and electrical and electronics engineers will be required to:

  • Provide a letter from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) showing that an application for registration as an Engineer-in-Training has been approved; or
  • Provide a letter from APEGS indicating that they have been assigned Confirmatory Exams.

Also, a post-secondary education is required that relates to the job the candidate have been offered, which could be a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree; or a three-year degree at a university or college; or a diploma that requires two years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other post-secondary institution.

Eligibility for Express Entry Candidates:

As a candidate in IRCC’s Express Entry pool, the candidate should qualify for this sub-category if he lives outside Canada or has proof of legal status in Canada, are not a refugee claimant, and:

  • Have a valid Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code.
  • Have a language test result that meets the federal Express Entry language requirements.

To get a profile in the Express Entry system, a candidate must be eligible for one of the Express Entry programs. Tech workers will usually qualify for either Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class

The third Express Entry program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, is primarily for tech workers who are not eligible for either of the other two.

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  1. […] The Tech Talent Pathway will allow Saskatchewan employers to expedite the permanent residency applications of certain skilled tech workers.  […]

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