The Canadian province of Saskatchewan announced a new immigration program on November 25 to address increasing labor market demand in key sectors.
The province named its new immigration program, Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot that will be an employer-driven program. It is targeted to fulfil vacancies in entry-level positions that may require on-the-job training across key sectors like
- Hospitality, and Retail.
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The pilot is scheduled to launch in December 2021.
Saskatchewan Yet to Specify Eligible Occupations
The media release is yet to specify which occupations are eligible, the minimum education requirement, or the exact language proficiency level required.
However, basic eligibility criteria for candidates remain the same, including:
- Full-time, permanent offer of employment and SINP job approval letter for an eligible occupation from a registered Saskatchewan employer;
- Minimum Canadian official language proficiency level; and
- Minimum educational and at least one year of work experience in same occupation requirements
Addressing the media, Hospitality Saskatchewan President and CEO Jim Bence said, “This pilot project is designed to attract talent and a great program for all sectors currently experiencing labour recruitment challenges in the province. While we always work hard to exhaust every opportunity to hire locally, we have to be creative to ensure we have the right labour supply to help our business and communities grow and thrive in Saskatchewan, something this very unique program will be especially helpful with post-COVID.”
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