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Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker – Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot (SHFSP)

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker - Hard-to-Fill Skills

  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
  • C.E: Canadian Experience
  • E.D: Employer-driven

As of January 11, 2024, the Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot is closed for a program review, to be completed in Spring 2024. Occupations in the health care, agriculture or value-add agriculture sectors are excluded from the closure. Job Approval Forms received prior to January 11, 2024, will be processed if candidates were identified at the time of submission or if existing employees working in Saskatchewan are added by January 22, 2024

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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot is for intermediate and low-skilled workers in eligible, high-demand occupations who have an offer for a job in Saskatchewan.
The Pilot is part of Saskatchewan Skilled Worker Category, which is divided to the following sub-categories:
  • Occupation-in-Demand Stream (➨Page)
  • Express Entry Stream (➨Page)
  • Employment Offer Stream (➨Page)
  • Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot (this page)
  • Tech Talent Pathway (Non-Express Entry) (➨Page)
  • Tech Talent Pathway (Express Entry) (➨Page)

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot:

1- Job Offer Requirement

At the time of your application and at the time the SINP assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in an eligible occupation. Your job offer must be permanent (meaning job has no end date).
The position offered must be in one of the following occupations in National Occupation Classification (NOC):
NOC Code Occupation TEER
95109 Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities 5
95106 Labourers in food and beverage processing 5
95101 Labourers in metal fabrication 5
94213 Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators 4
94204 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors 4
94141 Industrial butchers and meat cutter poultry preparers and related workers 4
94140 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing 4
94120 Sawmill machine operators 4
94106 Machining Tool Operators 4
94105 Metalworking and forging machine operators 4
85111 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers 5
84120 Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators 4
85100 Livestock labourers 5
85101 Harvesting labourers 5
75110 Construction trades helpers and labourers 5
73400 Heavy equipment operators 3
73300 Transport truck drivers 3
75101 Material handlers 5
75312 Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners 5
73201 General building maintenance workers and building superintendents 3
65310 Light duty cleaners 5
65201 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 5
65102 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers 5
64314 Hotel frond desk clerks 4
65200 Food and beverage servers 5
44101 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations 4
32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment 2
33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants 3
33109 Other assisting occupations in support of health services 3
33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service asociates 3
14401 Storekeepers and partspersons 4
14404 Dipatchers 4
14400 Shippers and receivers 4
Your job offer must be approved by the SINP before you apply or your application will be rejected. Your employer must register online on the SINP Employer website to have the position that you are applying for assessed.
Once the position is approved, your employer will receive a Job Approval Letter that includes your position, name and NOC code.

2- Work Experience

You must have at least one (1) year of full-time work experience in the past three (3) years in your intended occupation, or six months full-time (780 hours) working in Saskatchewan in the job.

3- Language Ability

You must have taken an approved test results and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 4 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5). Test must be taken no more than two (2) years prior to submission of your application.

Depending on your job, employers and regulatory bodies may ask for language scores that are higher than CLB 4.

4- Education

At the time of application, you must have completed a high-school diploma and have the appropriate training, skills, and/or accreditation required for the job.

Candidates with a foreign education must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report (➨Appendix 3) for their foreign education.

The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date the application is submitted.

Transport truck drivers require Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) to obtain a commercial Class 1 license to drive semi trucks in Saskatchewan.

5- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot if you are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

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Step 1: Get a Job Offer

Before you can submit your application under the “Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker: Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot”, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in an eligible occupation.

If you don’t already have a qualified job offer with the criteria explained in “Minimum Requirements”, you need to find an employer and secure a job for yourself.

Step 2: Submit Application to SINP

Now that you meet all the requirements, you can apply online ➨ ( for yourself.

SINP Application
Submit Online Application:
Official Program Guide:
SINP Application Fee:
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:



[email protected]

Complete the different sections of your online application. Scan and upload all your completed forms and required documents in PDF format onto your online application. Keep the originals for your records.
There is no provincial application fee under this stream.
If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing.
A SINP officer will contact you by email if information is needed to assess your application and will tell you how to send the information.
If your application is approved, you will become a Provincial Nominee and receive a nomination package including you Provincial Nomination Certificate.

Step 3: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you are nominated by the province of Saskatchewan, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨Page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.
Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.
Apply for a Temporary Work Permit

Once you are nominated you'll receive a Work Permit Support Letter along with your Nomination Certificate. You can use this to apply for a temporary work permit without the need for an LMIA (➨ to allow you to live and work in Saskatchewan while you wait for permanent residency.

If you are in Saskatchewan on a valid work permit and your PR application is not finalized, you may be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨Page). This will let you to stay and continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

You may apply for BOWP only if your PR application is approved in principle meaning you have passed the eligibility stage and still have to pass the medical, security and background checks.

Step 4: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

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