Saskatchewan is a province that regularly updates its In-demand Occupations List in order to align it with the changing demands of its ever-evolving labour market. Recently, Saskatchewan updated its In-demand Occupations list thrice in two months and the latest update was announced on May 1. In the latest update, one occupation, Conference and Event Planners (NOC 1226) was removed from the list.
Currently, the In-demand Occupations List of Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SINP) comprises 19 occupations.
The List is as follows:
|0423||Managers in Social Services and Community Services*|
|2174||Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers*|
|2251||Architectural Technologists and Technicians|
|3211||Medical Laboratory Technologists*|
|3215||Medical Radiation Technologists*|
|4212||Social and Community Service Workers*|
|4214||Early Childhood Educators*|
|4215||Instructors of Persons with Disabilities|
|5254||Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness|
|7312||Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics/Technicians*|
|7321||Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers*|
|7322||Motor Vehicle Body Repairers*|
*These occupations require the candidates to professional status or licensure to be eligible to apply
Though Saskatchewan's In-Demand Occupations List is typically updated yearly, the province has informed that it can change the list “at any time based on the number of invitations issued and labour market demand in Saskatchewan.”
The candidates who received an invitation to apply prior to the removal of their occupation from the list can still apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
Why is SINP In-demand Occupations List important?
Work experience in one of the occupations listed in the In-demand list is a mandatory requirement for candidates to apply for provincial nomination through the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories of Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The SINP is the provincial nominee program of Saskatchewan that allows the province to nominate a set number of economic immigrants for permanent residence in Canada every year.
The Express Entry candidates who receive provincial nomination from Saskatchewan will obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points that would guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draw. Those candidates who are not in the Express Entry pool can apply for provincial nomination through the Occupation In-demand sub-category of SINP.
SINP Application Process
Saskatchewan introduced the Expression of Interest system for applying to the SINP, replacing the old 'first come, first served' system, only recently. The first step in applying for provincial nomination through SINP is submitting an Expression of Interest. SINP conducts EoI draws periodically to select eligible candidates to be invited to apply for provincial nomination. The invited candidates can then submit the complete application, along with supporting documents.
Saskatchewan conducted the first Expression of Interest draw on August 21, 2018 and invited 466 candidates to apply for provincial nomination.
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