The Federal Government has promised the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) that the nomination allocation for them will be increased by 42 per cent in the coming years. SINP obtained this assurance from the federal government after the province’s Immigration Minister Jeremy Harrison met federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser and other ministers at the Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration.
More autonomy for Saskatchewan over Immigration
The Federal Government has also agreed to reduce duplication in the processing of Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) nominations. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) has further agreed that they will amend the federal regulations and Canada-Saskatchewan Immigration Agreement so that the province would get sole authority over deciding whether a candidate is capable of establishing themselves economically in the province and whether they have a real intention to settle in the province. Saskatchewan immigration authorities believe that this is a step forward towards more provincial autonomy in immigration.
Saskatchewan’s Immigration Minister Harrison said that the province had been witnessing record-high population growth in which immigration had played a significant role. We are well on our way to our goal of 1.4 million residents by 2030. “We also had positive discussions on the future direction of federal settlement funding. It has been our position that these funds would be best deployed by the province,” said the minister.
Employers demand an increase in immigration
At the same time, businesses in Saskatchewan are putting pressure on the government to admit more immigrant workers to the province. The province is facing a severe labour shortage. So, they are demanding the federal government to provide more autonomy to Saskatchewan over immigration so that they will have the freedom to dictate immigration levels and take the best efforts for newcomer retention and integration.
For 2023, Saskatchewan has received the largest-ever nomination allocation – 7250 in total. It means, the province may welcome around 18000 newcomers this year, including nominees and their dependent family members. Last year, it had fully used its nomination allocation. The notional allocation for Saskatchewan for the year 2024 is 8000 and for 2025, it is 8500. It means a 42 percent increase compared to 2022. For immigration candidates, it means more will get a chance to obtain a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan, which will ultimately lead to a Canada PR.
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