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The Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) International Skilled Worker category targets skilled workers in key occupations. If you have recent work experience in a high-skilled occupations that is not on the SINP Excluded Occupations List below, Saskatchewan’s Occupations In-Demand sub-category could be your route to Canadian immigration.

Saskatchewan considers high-skilled work experience to be any work experience obtained at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Training, Education, Experience, Responsibilities (TEER) category 0, 1, 2, or 3.

The Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand sub-category is not aligned with the federal Express Entry system. Consequently, successful applicants can apply directly to the Canadian government for permanent resident status, and do not need to create an Express Entry profile, or receive an invitation to apply (ITA) in an Express Entry draw, in order to apply.

Potential candidates may be outside Canada, or in Canada with legal status, and a job offer is not required.

The Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand sub-category operates with the SINP Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Similar to Express Entry, candidates must first submit an EOI which is ranked using a points system. Then, invitations are periodically issued to the highest ranked candidates.

Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand draw history

Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand: Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand sub-category, potential candidates need at least one year of high-skilled work experience in the past 10 years in their field of education or training and in an occupation at TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3. That work experience must have been obtained in an occupation that is not on the SINP Excluded Occupations List:

SINP Excluded Occupations List

This list was last updated on May 1st 2024.

NOC CodeOccupation Title
00010Legislators
00011Senior government managers and officials
00014Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services
10019Other administrative services managers
11100Financial auditors and accountants
11103Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
12104Employment insurance and revenue officers
12201Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
12203Assessors, business valuators and appraisers
13200Customs, ship and other brokers
14103Court clerks and related court services occupations
21100Physicists and astronomers
21102Geoscientists and oceanographers
21103Meteorologists and climatologists
21109Other professional occupations in physical sciences
21111Forestry professionals
21201Landscape architects
21202Urban and land use planners
21332Petroleum engineers
21390Aerospace engineers
30010Managers in health care
31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101Specialists in surgery
31102General practitioners and family physicians
31110Dentists
31111Optometrists
31112Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
31120Pharmacists
31121Dietitians and nutritionists
31202Physiotherapists
31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31300Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31302Nurse practitioners
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32100Opticians
32101Licensed practical nurses
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
32110Denturists
32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32200Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
32201Massage therapists
32209Other practitioners of natural healing
40010Government managers - health and social policy development and program administration
40011Government managers - economic analysis, policy development and program administration
40012Government managers - education policy development and program administration
40019Other managers in public administration
40021School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
40040Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services
40040Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services
40041Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
40042Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces
41100Judges
41101Lawyers and Quebec notaries
41201Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
41220Secondary school teachers
41221Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
41302Religious leaders
41310Police investigators and other investigative occupations
41310Police investigators and other investigative occupations
41311Probation and parole officers
41407Program officers unique to government
42100Police officers (except commissioned)
42100Police officers (except commissioned)
42101Firefighters
42102Specialized members of the Canadian Armed Forces
42200Paralegal and related occupations
42201Social and community service workers
42204Religion workers
43200Sheriffs and bailiffs
43201Correctional service officers
43202By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
43203Border services, customs, and immigration officers
43204Operations Members of the Canadian Armed Forces
44200Primary combat members of the Canadian Armed Forces
50010Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
50011Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
50012Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
51100Librarians
51101Conservators and curators
51102Archivists
51110Editors
51111Authors and writers (except technical)
51112Technical writers
51113Journalists
51114Translators, terminologists and interpreters
51120Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
51121Conductors, composers and arrangers
51122Musicians and singers
52100Library and public archive technicians
52110Film and video camera operators
52111Graphic arts technicians
52112Broadcast technicians
52113Audio and video recording technicians
52114Announcers and other broadcasters
52119Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
52120Graphic designers and illustrators
52121Interior designers and interior decorators
53100Registrars, restorers, interpreters and other occupations related to museum and art galleries
53110Photographers
53111Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators
53120Dancers
53121Actors, comedians and circus performers
53121Actors, comedians and circus performers
53122Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
53123Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
53124Artisans and craftspersons
53125Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products
53200Athletes
53201Coaches
53202Sports officials and referees
54100Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
55109Other performers
62010Retail sales supervisors
62020Food service supervisors
62023Customer and information services supervisors
62201Funeral directors and embalmers
63100Insurance agents and brokers
63101Real estate agents and salespersons
63210Hairstylists and barbers
63211Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
63220Shoe repairers and shoemakers
64100Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
72022Supervisors, printing and related occupations
72102Sheet metal workers
72204Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
72205Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
72302Gas fitters
72405Machine fitters
72406Elevator constructors and mechanics
72420Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
72600Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
72602Deck officers, water transport
72603Engineer officers, water transport
72604Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
73300 Transport truck drivers
73301Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
73202Pest controllers and fumigators
73310Railway and yard locomotive engineers
73400Heavy equipment operators
73402Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction
80022Managers in aquaculture
83101Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
83120Fishing masters and officers
83121Fishermen / women
92013Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
92015Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
92020Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
92021Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
92021Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
92022Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
92024Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
92101Water and waste treatment plant operators
93102Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

In addition, potential applicants to the Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand sub-category must also:

  • Score at least 60 points out of 110 on the SINP point assessment grid (see below);
  • Demonstrate a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 (employers and/or regulatory bodies may require higher language scores);
  • Have a diploma, certificate, or degree from a post-secondary study or training program, or an apprenticeship, of at least one year in length. This qualification must be comparable to the Canadian education system, and if you obtained it outside of Canada you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization.
  • Show proof of Professional Status or Licensure (for regulated occupations or those with professional certification standards in Canada and/or Saskatchewan) if required for your occupation; and
  • Demonstrate settlement funds and a settlement plan.

SINP Points Assessment Grid

Potential applicants can create a profile in the SINP online system OASIS. Upon completing your profile, you will be assigned a points score out of 110 based on the following factors. Candidates need to score at least 60 points in order to be able to submit an EOI. However, meeting a minimum of 60 points does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply. Candidates in the pool are ranked according to their scores out of 110, and the highest-ranking candidates will receive an invitation when Saskatchewan immigration authorities conduct a draw from the pool of SINP skilled worker candidates.

I: Labour Market Success

A: Education and training

FactorPoints awarded
Master’s or Doctorate degree, Canadian equivalency23
Bachelor’s degree OR a degree program lasting three or more years at a university or college20
Trade certification equivalent to a journeyperson status in Saskatchewan20
Canadian equivalency Diploma requiring two but less than three years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other formal post-secondary institution15
Canadian equivalency Certificate requiring at least two semesters but less than two years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other formal post-secondary institution12

B: Skilled work experience

(i) In the five-year period prior to application submission date:

Number of yearsPoints awarded
5 years10
4 years8
3 years6
2 years4
1 year2

(ii) In the 6-10-year period prior to application submission date:

Number of yearsPoints awarded
5 years5
4 years4
3 years3
2 years2
Less than 1 year0

C: Language ability

First language testPoints awarded
CLB 8 and higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
English or French speaker without language test results0
Second language testPoints awarded
CLB 8 and higher10
CLB 78
CLB 66
CLB 54
CLB 42

D: Age

AgePoints awarded
< 18 years0
18 – 21 years8
22 – 34 years12
35 – 45 years10
46 – 50 years8
> 50 years0

Maximum points for Factor 1: 80

Factor 2: Connection to Saskatchewan labour market & adaptability

The SINP recognizes that candidates with a strong connection to Saskatchewan and the labour market may have a genuine intent and ability to settle in the province successfully, so connections to Saskatchewan earn further points.

FactorPoints awarded
Close family relative in Saskatchewan (You receive points if you or your partner/spouse has a family relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Saskatchewan. This includes: parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin and step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships. The family members in Saskatchewan must meet the requirements as listed under “Required Documents” for your ISW sub-category)20
Past work experience in Saskatchewan (A minimum of at least 12 months of work in the past five years on a valid work permit)5
Past student experience in Saskatchewan (A minimum of one full-time academic year of study at a recognized Saskatchewan post-secondary education institution on a valid study permit)5

Maximum points for Factor 2: 30

Maximum points total: 1 + 2 = 110

There are many factors at play here, so some examples may help to make sense of the matrix.

There are many factors at play here, so some examples may help to make sense of the matrix.

Christopher, 33, has worked as a manager in horticulture for eight years – a high-skilled occupation that is not on the excluded list. He completed a two-year program at a college at home in the United Kingdom, and he has a diploma. After taking an English language test, he also has an overall CLB score of 9. He has no family in Saskatchewan, and has not worked or studied in the province. Based on the above points matrix, he would obtain 60 points.

Sachin is 40. After completing a one-year diploma in mechanics, he has worked as a motor vehicle body repairer in India for 16 years and his occupation is not on the excluded list. He has language results of CLB 5 from an English test, and his cousin lives in Saskatoon with his family. These factors combine to give Sachin 71 points.

Maria, 32, completed a diploma in Early Childhood Education at Saskatchewan Polytechnic eight years ago. She then returned to her home country of Child, where she has been working as an early childhood educator for seven years – employment that counts as in-demand, since this occupation is not on the excluded list. She has language test results demonstrating a CLB level 8 in English. This gives Maria a score of 64 points, enough for her to be able to plan a return to living in Saskatchewan through the Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

The candidates in these scenarios meet the minimum requirement of 60 points, and so they may submit an EOI. However, this does not guarantee that they will receive an invitation to apply to the ISW category.

Receiving an EOI

The top-scoring candidates who receive an EOI can then apply to the SINP for provincial nomination. At this point, there is a non-refundable fee of $350 required in order to complete the application. The SINP reviews each application and informs the applicant whether he or she is eligible for nomination, or not. Nominated candidates can then apply directly to the Canadian government for permanent resident status.

PNP Live Tracker

The Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand sub-category is active and dynamic, and may change at any time. To help you stay up to date with the latest changes, Moving2Canada has created the exclusive PNP Live Tracker. Check back often to keep track of the latest news.

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