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Friday, February 12, 2016

1. Where can employers get information about the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)? 

If you have any questions regarding the SINP please visit the SINP section.

For information specific to employers please visit Employer Services.

Employers can also contact the SINP by:

  • Phone at 306-798-SINP (7467)
  • By email at
  • Visit the SINP office at: 
    • Regina:  7th floor, 1945 Hamilton St., Regina, SK.
    • Saskatoon:  200, 202 4th Avenue N., Saskatoon, SK.

2. Where can I access the employer registration and application?

The employer registration and application can be completed and submitted through the SINP online portal.

3. What is the processing time to receive a Certificate of Registration?

The standard processing time is 10 business days upon receipt of a complete registration.

4.  What do I need to do to be eligible as an employer with the SINP?

The employer must provide evidence of business operation in compliance with the laws and regulations of the Province of Saskatchewan. The SINP will assess employer eligibility against criteria that include genuineness of operation and the ability to support the employment of foreign workers.

Eligible employers must operate from a commercially-zoned space where the prospective foreign worker will work.  Companies applying must be in active operation for a period of no less than one year to be considered for approval by the SINP.  Employers must be permanent residents or citizens of Canada.

5.  What type of documents are employers expected to provide to the SINP as part of the application process?

Officers will assess applications and conduct interviews with employers at which time employers may be asked to provide documentation to support the application which may include: financial statements, Workers Compensation Board letter of good standing, Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment, business license, etc.

6. What type of workers can employers hire and support through the SINP?

Skilled Workers – Skilled workers with an offer of skilled employment from a Saskatchewan employer may be eligible to apply for nomination by the SINP

Health Professionals – Internationally-trained health professionals, who have been working in Saskatchewan for at least six months under a temporary work permit, can apply for nomination by the SINP.  

Hospitality Sector Workers – Foreign workers who are currently working in Saskatchewan in one of the following occupations can apply for nomination by the SINP:

  • Food/Beverage Server
  • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper
  • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff

Long-Haul Truck Drivers – Foreign workers that are currently working for Saskatchewan trucking firms can apply for nomination by the SINP

Students – Students who have graduated from a recognized, post-secondary educational institution in Canada can apply for nomination by the SINP.

7. What criteria determine if a job is a skilled position?

The SINP considers an occupation to be a skilled occupation if it falls under the National Occupation Classification levels 0, A or B  on the NOC matrix or is a Designated Trade in Saskatchewan.  Saskatchewan employers should submit a copy of the job description to the SINP to determine if the occupation is skilled.

8. What is the NOC and the NOC matrix?  Where can employers access information about the National Occupation Classification?

The National Occupation Classification (NOC) is a tool that provides a standardized system for understanding Canadian occupations.  It describes duties, skills, interests, aptitudes, education requirements and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labour market.  The NOC Matrix is a chart showing the relationship between skill types and skill levels within the NOC system.  It provides an overview of the entire classification structure.

For further information, visit the National Occupation Classification 2006.

9. I need skilled workers to work in my company.  Do you have a list of foreign workers wanting to come to Saskatchewan?

No.  The SINP does not match foreign workers with employers in Saskatchewan.  We do encourage you to use which enables employers to list their employment vacancies.  This website is accessible to potential applicants worldwide.

The SINP periodically goes on recruitment missions with Saskatchewan employers to various countries where we promote the program and facilitate the recruitment of skilled workers.  Please contact our office if your company is interested in participating in overseas recruitment missions.

10. What must an employer do to hire low skilled foreign workers?

If you are interested in hiring positions on a permanent basis which may not meet the high skilled requirements under NOC levels 0, A, B or designated trade, contact the SINP to discuss your options. 

If you are interested in hiring foreign workers on a temporary basis, please visit the Employment and Social Development Canada website for information on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. 

11. How do I obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

An LMIA is an opinion provided by Service Canada (SC) which assesses the likely impact that hiring the requested foreign worker(s) may have on the Canadian labour market.  To hire a Temporary Foreign Worker, you must obtain a favorable LMIA from SC.  For more information on the LMIA, visit Labour Market Impact Assessment Basics.  

12. Does the SINP charge a fee to employers or applicants?

The SINP Skilled Worker program does not charge a fee to employers or applicants.

The SINP Entrepreneur Category charges a processing fee of $2,500 to applicants due to the resources required to process these applications.

All SINP applicants are subject to federal CIC fees.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) requires employers who provide offers of employment to foreign nationals to complete an online form and to pay an Employer Compliance Fee of $230.00 for each foreign national.

For information regarding the CIC Employer Compliance Fee, Online Payment and completion of Form IMM 5802, please go to International Mobility Program: Employer-specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions.

The employer will be required to complete the form and remit the fee BEFORE the candidate can apply for the work permit.  This fee must be paid for by the employer and cannot be charged to the foreign worker. 

13. Who is responsible for covering the various costs associated with bringing foreign workers to Saskatchewan?
There is no cost to the employer or foreign worker to apply for nomination under the SINP.

It is the responsibility of the applicant and/or employer to cover any additional costs associated with the immigration process (e.g., flights, temporary accommodations, etc.). 

The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA) helps ensure that employers, immigration consultants and recruiters treat foreign nationals in a fair, honest and respectful manner.  Under the Act, you cannot:

  • Charge recruitment fees to a foreign worker or immigrant
  • Provide misleading information about the job you are offering
  • Unlawfully take possession of the property of a foreign worker
  • Threaten deportation or other action without legal cause
  • Contact a foreign national or their family or friends if requested not to do so
  • Threaten to take action against a foreign national for making a complaint to provincial or federal governments, or a law enforcement agency; or by participating in an investigation conducted by these agencies.

Additionally, if you act as a recruiter, you cannot make a foreign worker’s recruitment contingent upon purchasing other services such as immigration consulting. For more information, please visit Recruiter/Immigration Consultant Responsibilities under the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act.

It is prohibited to charge foreign workers recruitment fees or costs.  Please click here to see regulations related to immigration costs and charges.

14. What costs are employers expected and/or required to cover when hiring foreign workers?

Employers do not incur any costs in supporting an employee (or potential employee) in their application to the SINP Skilled Worker Program.  It is the responsibility of an employer wishing to hire a foreign worker to evaluate the foreign worker's education, work experience and language skills to ensure they will be able to perform the duties of the job.  It is up to the employer to decide how they want to recruit.  Any costs associated with recruitment would be at the employer's expense.

It is the responsibility of the employer to pay the CIC Employer Compliance Fee related to the application of work permits for employees.  This fee cannot be charged to the foreign worker.

15.  Who can assist me with the Immigration Process?

An employer has the option to enlist the assistance of Recruitment Agents or Immigration Consultants.  Under The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRIS), all recruiters and immigration consultants must be registered, with the exception of lawyers.  To find out more about the Act and to verify the registration of a third party consultant, you can check the Licensed Recruiters and Immigration Consultant list.

16.  What do I need to consider when hiring a foreign worker?

All employers must offer equitable employment wages and working conditions which meet Canadian standards for that occupation.   Important information can be found by reviewing the Saskatchewan Employment Act for additional information.

17. What hourly rate should the employer pay as a starting wage?

The employer must pay fair wages and benefits according to the Labour Market Information for that occupation and region.  All employers must offer wages and working conditions that match Canadian standards in that occupation. For information on the labour market and Saskatchewan Regional Wages, please see the Government of Canada Job Bank.

18. Does the government of Saskatchewan provide any grants or tax concessions to employers who hire foreign workers?


19. What is a closed work permit?

A closed work permit is tied to a specific employer.  The holder of the permit is only allowed to work for the employer identified on the work permit.

20. What is an open work permit?

An open work permit allows the holder to accept employment and work for any employer in Canada in any occupation for the time period specified on the work permit without the need of a Service Canada Labour Market Impact Assessment. 

SINP nominees are not eligible for an open work permit.

When SINP applicants meet eligibility criteria and have been nominated by the SINP, their spouses can apply for an open work permit allowing them to work for any employer in any field.

21.  What options do I have to apply to SINP?

Foreign workers considering applying to the SINP can consider either the International Skilled Worker Category or the Saskatchewan Experience Category.  Information about eligibility for either category can be found at SINP section.

22. Does a foreign worker need to receive permanent resident status before they can begin working for me?

No.  If an applicant receives a nomination from the SINP, the foreign worker can apply for a temporary work permit with supporting documentation from SINP.  The temporary work permit allows the applicant to start working in Saskatchewan while waiting for their file to be assessed and approved by CIC for permanent residency.

Employers also have the option of applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).  A positive LMIA will allow employers to employ temporary foreign workers. Foreign Workers must have a valid visa or work permit to work in Canada. 

For more information on applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment, visit Service Canada's website.

22. How long does it take for an application to be processed at Saskatchewan Immigration? 

Successful SINP applicants will have their files assessed within an average of 4 months. Please visit SINP Average Processing Time for more information.

What about at the Canadian Embassy?

Processing times at the Canadian Embassies vary.  Please visit CIC Processing Times for more information.

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