The Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Program provides a route to Canadian immigration for individuals and families who want to start, purchase, or partner in a business in Saskatchewan. If you are enthusiastic about business opportunities in Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Program could be the right fit for you.
Through the Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Program, a candidate can obtain a Temporary Work Permit in order to establish or purchase a business in Saskatchewan, and settle there. Once the business has been running successfully for six months, the candidate may then apply for provincial nomination and subsequently for Canadian permanent resident status.
The Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Program involves a four-step process:
- Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP and enter the candidate pool.
- Receive an Invitation to submit an application during a Selection.
- Establish and operate a business in Saskatchewan.
- Get provincial nomination.
During periodic draws, known as EOI Selections, the Saskatchewan immigration authorities invite top-ranking candidates from the EOI pool.
How does it work?
The Saskatchewan EOI system for Entrepreneur candidates operates in a similar way to the system for International Skilled Worker (ISW) candidates. If you are interested in applying, you need to create a profile in the SINP’s online OASIS system and submit an EOI.
Candidates who meet the minimum criteria (see below) may enter the pool, where they then receive a score and are ranked accordingly. This is not an application to the Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Program – rather, it indicates your interest to the SINP.
Unlike the ISW criteria, there is no minimum score requirement for Entrepreneur candidates in order to enter the EOI pool. The EOI score is a major factor in selecting candidates for invitation, though Saskatchewan also considers “other factors for business and settlement success.” Another crucial difference from the ISW process is that candidates may not update their EOIs once submitted (the SINP clarifies that points for age are based on the candidate’s age on the date of submission).