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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Saskatchewan is home to one of the country's most rapidly growing economies and populations, thanks largely to the arrival of immigrants from around the world.
Saskatchewan is one of the Prairie provinces of Western Canada. Its economy is primarily based on agriculture and important natural resources industries like forestry and fishing. It boasts two major cities, Saskatoon and Regina, as well as vast expanses of pristine wilderness.

The SINP is Saskatchewan's Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian permanent residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
The SINP accepts applications under the following categories and sub-categories;

  • International Skilled Worker-Employment Offer
  • International Skilled Worker-Occupations In-Demand
  • International Skilled Worker-Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
  • Entrepreneur and Farm Category

Saskatchewan accepts applications from skilled workers who plan to live and work in this Province. This sub-category is for skilled workers who have already received an offer of employment from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate's application to the SINP.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible under the International Skilled Worker - Employment Offer sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Demonstrate sufficient language proficiency through a minimum language test score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 across all four language competencies (reading, writing, speaking, listening) from a designated testing agency;
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer that is registered with the SINP in either an occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix as Skill type 0 or Skill Level A or B, OR in a designated trade in Saskatchewan;
  • Have at least one year of paid work experience in the past ten years in the intended occupation;
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if the job offer is in an occupation that is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

Points Assessment Grid
Candidates will be assessed points according to the following five factors: education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection to the Saskatchewan labour market. Candidates are required to score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points on the Points Assessment Grid in order to be eligible for nomination.
Selection Factors

Selection factor Points
Education and training Maximum 23 points
Skilled work experience Maximum 15 points
Language ability Maximum 20 points
Age Maximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labour market Maximum 30 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass mark: 60 points

Factor 1: Education and Training
The applicant will receive points for his or her education according to documented proof of completed post-secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.
Copies of diplomas, certificates, or degrees for any education/training with complete transcripts must be included in order to receive points under this selection factor.

Factor 2: Skilled Work Experience
Points are calculated under this selection factor according to documented proof of skilled work experience (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade) in the applicant's intended occupation in the previous ten years. Two points are awarded for each year of work experience in the most recent five years, and one point is awarded for each year in the six to ten-year period prior to applying.
The applicant must show at least one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in his or her intended occupation in order to be eligible.
Documentation must include a letter of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer for each work experience listed, the applicant's official work book, or other official government documentation.

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to application Points
5 years 10
4 years 8
3 years 6
2 years 4
1 year 2

 

Work experience during the six to ten year period prior to application Points
5 years 5
4 years 4
3 years 3
2 years 2
1 year 0

Factor 3: Language Ability
The applicant will receive points for his or her ability in either of Canada's official languages, English or French. If proficient in both, the applicant should choose the language that he or she is most comfortable with.
Proof of language proficiency is required in the form of official results of a recent SINP-approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS, General Training), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Test evaluation de francais (TEF).
Applicants must score a minimum of CLB 4 in order to be eligible.

Language ability Points
CLB 8 and higher 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12
English or French native speaker without language test results 0

Factor 4: Age
The applicant will receive points according to his or her age on the date of application to the SINP.

Age Points
Less than 18 years 0
18-21 years 8
22-34 years 12
35-45 years 10
46-50 years 8
Over 50 years 0

Factor 5: Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour Market
The applicant will receive points for his or her connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident through document proof of a high skilled employment offer.

Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour Market Points
High skilled employment offer (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade in Saskatchewan) 30


This sub-category is for highly skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan, who do not yet have a job offer in the province.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training comparable to the Canadian education system; The study must have resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate.
  • Have at least one-year of paid work experience in the past ten years related to their field of education or training, in a highly-skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

Points Assessment Grid
Candidates will be assessed points according to the following five factors: education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection(s) to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability. Candidates are required to score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points on the Points Assessment Grid in order to be eligible for nomination.
Selection Factors

Selection factor Points
Education and training Maximum 23 points
Skilled work experience Maximum 15 points
Language ability Maximum 20 points
Age Maximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labour market  Maximum 30 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass mark: 60 points

Factor 1: Education and Training
The applicant will receive points for his or her education according to documented proof of completed post-secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.
Copies of diplomas, certificates, or degrees for any education/training with complete transcripts must be included in order to receive points under this selection factor.

Education Training Points
Master's or Doctorate degree 23
University degree that required at least three years of full-time study 20
Trade certification equivalent to journey person status in Saskatchewan 20
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least two years of full-time post-secondary study, or equivalent 15
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time post-secondary study, or equivalent 12

Factor 2: Skilled Work Experience
Points are calculated under this selection factor according to documented proof of skilled work experience (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade) in the applicant's intended occupation in the previous ten years. Two points are awarded for each year of work experience in the most recent five years, and one point is awarded for each year in the six to ten year period prior to applying.
The applicant must show at least one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in his or her her intended occupation in order to be eligible.
Documentation must include a letter of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer for each work experience listed, the applicant's official work book, or other official government documentation.

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to application Points
5 years 10
4 years 8
3 years 6
2 years 4
1 year 2

 

Work experience during the six to ten year period prior to application Points
5 years 5
4 years 4
3 years 3
2 years 2
1 year 0

Factor 3: Language Ability
The applicant will receive points for his or her ability in either of Canada's official languages, English or French. If proficient in both, the applicant should choose the language that he or she is most comfortable with.
Proof of language proficiency is required in the form of official results of a recent SINP-approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS, General Training), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF).
Applicants must score a minimum of CLB 4 in order to be eligible.

Language ability Points
CLB 8 and higher 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12
English or French native speaker without language test results 0

 

Factor 4: Age

The applicant will receive points according to his or her age on the date of application to the SINP.

Age Points
Less than 18 years 0
18-21 years 8
22-34 years 12
35-45 years 10
46-50 years 8
Over 50 years 0

 

Factor 5: Connections to the Saskatchewan Labour Market and Adaptability

The applicant will receive points for his or her connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident through document proof of a high skilled employment offer.

Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour Market Points
Close relative in Saskatchewan 20
Previous work experience in Saskatchewan 5
Previous student experience in Saskatchewan 5

SINP In-Demand Occupations List

NOC Occupation Skill Level Mandatory certification
0213 Computer and Information Systems Managers 0 No
0423 Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services 0 No
0513 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors 0 No
0714 Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers 0 No
0821 Managers in Agriculture 0 No
1224 Property Administrators B No
1225 Purchasing Agents and Officers B No
1252 Health Information Management Occupations B No
2161 Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries A No
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants A No
2221 Biological Technologists and Technicians B No
2225 Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists B No
2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians B No
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians B No
2244 Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics B No
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians >B No
2255 Technical Occupations in Geomantic and Meteorology B No
7253 Gas Fitters B No
7312 Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics B No
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics B No
7332 Appliance Servicers and Repairers B No


This sub-category enables the province to nominate individuals who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) Express Entry pool and have skilled work experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan.As candidates are selected by the province from the federal Express Entry pool, all candidates must be eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker
  • Federal Skilled Trades
  • Canadian Experience Class

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for the SINP's International Skilled Worker - Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have been accepted into IRCC's Express Entry pool and have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;The Number and Code must be included in the SINP application.
  • Provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in their Express Entry profile;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and which has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate;
  • Have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan
    • At least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades); OR
    • At least two years of work experience in a skilled trade within the past five years; OR
    • At least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Hold a certificate of qualification (also known as a letter of invitation) in their skilled trade from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission if their work experience is in a skilled trade;
  • Have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.

Points Assessment Grid
Candidates will be assessed points according to the following five factors: education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection(s) to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability. Candidates are required to score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points on the Points Assessment Grid in order to be eligible for nomination.
Selection Factors

Selection factor Points
Education and training Maximum 23 points
Skilled work experience Maximum 15 points
Language ability Maximum 20 points
Age Maximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labour market Maximum 30 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass mark: 60 points

Factor 1: Education and Training
The applicant will receive points for his or her education according to documented proof of completed post-secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.
Copies of diplomas, certificates, or degrees for any education/training with complete transcripts must be included in order to receive points under this selection factor.

Education Training Points
Master's or Doctorate degree 23
University degree that required at least three years of full-time study 20
Trade certification equivalent to journey person status in Saskatchewan 20
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least two years of full-time post-secondary study, or equivalent 15
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time post-secondary study, or equivalent 12

Factor 2: Skilled Work Experience
Points are calculated under this selection factor according to documented proof of skilled work experience (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade) in the applicant's intended occupation in the previous ten years. Two points are awarded for each year of work experience in the most recent five years, and one point is awarded for each year in the six to ten year period prior to applying.
The applicant must show at least one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in his or her her intended occupation in order to be eligible.
Documentation must include a letter of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer for each work experience listed, the applicant's official work book, or other official government documentation.

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to application Points
5 years 10
4 years 8
3 years 6
2 years 4
1 year 2

 

Work experience during the six to ten year period prior to application Points
5 years 5
4 years 4
3 years 3
2 years 2
1 year 0

 

Factor 3: Language Ability

The applicant will receive points for his or her ability in either of Canada's official languages, English or French. If proficient in both, the applicant should choose the language that he or she is most comfortable with.
Proof of language proficiency is required in the form of official results of a recent SINP-approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS, General Training), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF).
Applicants must score a minimum of CLB 4 in order to be eligible.

Language ability Points
CLB 8 and higher 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12
English or French native speaker without language test results 0

Factor 4: Age
The applicant will receive points according to his or her age on the date of application to the SINP.

Age Points
Less than 18 years 0
18-21 years 8
22-34 years 12
35-45 years 10
46-50 years 8
Over 50 years 0

 

Factor 5: Connections to the Saskatchewan Labour Market and Adaptability

The applicant will receive points for his or her connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident through document proof of a high skilled employment offer.

Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour Market Points
Close relative in Saskatchewan 20
Previous work experience in Saskatchewan 5
Previous student experience in Saskatchewan 5

SINP In-Demand Occupations List

NOC Occupation Skill Level Certification Required Mandatory certification
0213 Computer and Information Systems Managers 0 No
0423 Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services 0 No
0513 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors 0 No
0714 Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers 0 No
0821 Managers in Agriculture 0 No
1224 Property Administrators B No
1225 Purchasing Agents and Officers B No
1252 Health Information Management Occupations B No
2161 Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries A No
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants A No
2221 Biological Technologists and Technicians B No
2225 Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists B No
2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians B No
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians B No
2244 Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Inspectors B No
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians B No
2255 Technical Occupations in Geomantic and Meteorology B No
7253 Gas Fitters B No
7312 Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics B No
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics aMechanical Repairers B No
7332 Appliance Servicers and Repairers B No


This category is for foreign workers that are currently living in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Experience Category accepts applications under the following sub-categories:

Existing Work Permit

This sub-category targets skilled workers in Saskatchewan who have been working in the province on a valid work permit for a minimum of six months and who have received a permanent offer of employment for that position. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate's application to the SINP.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible under the Saskatchewan Experience - Existing Work Permit sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have a valid work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation, OR in a designated trade;
  • Have worked for at least six months for the employer offering the permanent job, under a valid work permit issued by IRCC; The job offer must be for the same position that the candidate has been working in for the past six months.
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 if the job offer is in a NOC C occupation (a designated trade);The language test must be from a designated testing agency and must have been taken within two years of the date of application.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Have proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if the occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensure. 

Health Professionals

This sub-category provides skilled workers with an opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Saskatchewan if they have been working full-time in the province on a temporary work permit as either a physician, nurse, or other health professional for a minimum of six months and have received an offer of employment for that position. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate's application to the SINP.
Minimum Requirements for Physicians
In order to be eligible as a physician under the health professionals sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have a valid work permit issued by IRCC;
  • Have been practicing as a physician in Saskatchewan for at least six months;
  • Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment that is; Issued by a provincial health authority or the health education institution where they are currently employed; and/or
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Obtain a letter of support from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CoPSS) that states the candidate`s type of license, license expiry date, and their support for the candidate to obtain permanent residence status in Saskatchewan.

Minimum Requirements for Nurses
To be eligible as a nurse under the SINP`s Saskatchewan Experience - Health Professional`s sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have a valid work permit issued by IRCC;
  • Have been practicing as a nurse in Saskatchewan for six months or more;
  • Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment issued by a Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, or another publicly-funded health employer; and
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

Minimum Requirements for Other Health Professions
In order to be considered eligible under the Other Health Professions sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have completed a post-secondary training course of at least one academic year, related to their intended health occupation;
  • Have a valid work permit issued by IRCC;
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, B, or C health occupation;
  • Have worked for the employer offering the job, in the same job position, for a minimum of six months;
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 if the job offer is in a NOC C occupation;The language test must be from a designated testing agency and must have been taken within two years of the date of application.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Have proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if the occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensure.

Hospitality Sector Project

This sub-category is for temporary foreign workers seeking to immigrate permanently to Saskatchewan who have been working in the province for an SINP-approved employer for at least six months on a valid work permit in one of the following occupations:

  • Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6453),
  • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641), or
  • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661).

Candidates must have a permanent and full-time job offer from their employer that is approved by the SINP prior to making an application. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate's application to the SINP.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to be considered eligible under the Hospitality Sector Project sub-category, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid work permit for one of the following occupations:
    • Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6453);
    • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641); or
    • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661).
  • Be employed in Saskatchewan for six months or more;
  • Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment from an approved Saskatchewan Hospitality employer;
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter;
  • Have completed, at minimum, a high school education (or its equivalent); and
  • Demonstrate language proficiency of CLB 4 or higher across all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) on a language test from a designated testing agency taken within two years of the date of application.

Long Haul Truck Driver Project

This sub-category enables trucking firms to bring long-haul truck drivers to Saskatchewan under Service Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker policy, which covers jobs that require a high school diploma or on-the-job training. Truckers working in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit for six months or more can use this immigration sub-category if they have received an offer of full-time, permanent employment from the trucking firm.
The job offer must be approved by the SINP prior to making an application. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate's application to the SINP.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible under the Long Haul Truck Drivers Project sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have been working for an SINP-approved Saskatchewan trucking firm for at least six months on a temporary work permit;
  • Have a current Saskatchewan Class 1A driver's license;
  • Have an offer of full-time, permanent employment from their employer (which must be an SINP-approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan);
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Demonstrate language proficiency of CLB 4 or higher across all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) on a language test from a designated testing agency taken within two years of the date of application.

Students

This sub-category targets students who have recently graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada and who have received a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate's application to the SINP.
Minimum Requirements for Graduates of Saskatchewan Institutes
In order to be eligible as a graduate of a Saskatchewan institute under the Students sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have graduated with a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Saskatchewan;The program must have been equivalent to at least one academic year (eight months) of full-time study.
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 as demonstrated on a designated language test taken within the past two years if the job offer is in a NOC level C occupation;
  • Have a minimum of six months (960 hours) of paid work experience in Saskatchewan;Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include: on-campus, off-campus, co-op terms, graduate fellowships that can be verified by the institution, and work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • Have applied for and received a valid post-graduation work permit from IRCC;
  • Have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in their field of study from a Saskatchewan employer in a NOC level 0, A, or B occupation or trade, OR a job offer requiring post-secondary education; and
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

Minimum Requirements for Graduates of Canadian Institutes (Outside Saskatchewan)
To be eligible under the Students sub-category as a graduate of a Canadian institute outside of Saskatchewan, applicants must:

  • Have graduated with a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada (outside of Saskatchewan);The program must have been equivalent to at least two academic years (16 months) of full-time study.
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 as demonstrated on a designated language test taken within the previous two years if the job offer is in a NOC level C occupation;
  • Have a minimum of 24 consecutive months (two years) of paid full-time work experience (minimum 3,840 hours) in Saskatchewan after graduation and after receiving a valid post-graduation work permit;Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • Have a valid post-graduation work permit from IRCC;
  • Have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in their field of study from a Saskatchewan employer in an occupation or trade in a NOC level 0, A or B occupation, OR a job offer requiring a post-secondary education; and
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.


This category is for individuals who wish to own and actively operate a business or farming operation in Saskatchewan. There are three steps in nomination process.
Step 1: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP
Prospective immigrants indicate their interest in residing in Saskatchewan and operating a business in the province by providing information about their entrepreneurial experience, assets, and Business Establishment Plan (BEP), among other factors, in an online survey. Those candidates who meet the minimum entry criteria will be accepted into the EOI candidate pool where they are ranked according to selection factors on the points criteria grid and given a score.
Step 2: Invitation to Apply
Candidates are selected from the EOI system based on their score. The top scoring EOIs are prioritized for selection and formal application submission. Selected candidates are invited to apply to the SINP under the Entrepreneur immigration sub-category. Candidates then undergo the verification process. Those who pass this stage will be issued a SINP Entrepreneur Approval Letter, which will convey support of the applicant’s request to IRCC for a two year temporary work permit with which the candidate can reside and work legally in Saskatchewan while he or she implements the business proposal.
Step 3: Nomination
Once an applicant satisfies the conditions of the Business Performance Agreement he or she can apply to be nominated by the SINP for permanent residence.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria
Minimum Requirements for Applicants
In order to be considered eligible under the Entrepreneur sub-category, applicants must:

  • Meet the minimum entry criteria to submit an EOI to the SINP:
    • A minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD, verified by a Ministry-approved professional third party;
    • Accumulation of net worth through legal means, verified to at least 80 percent by a Ministry-approved professional third party; 
    • At least three years of entrepreneurial experience within the past 10 years; and
    • A minimum equity investment of $300,000 CAD in Regina or Saskatoon, or a minimum of $200,000 CAD in any other Saskatchewan community.
  • Have and be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of their Business Establishment Plan (BEP);
  • Own at least one-third (33.33 percent) of the equity of a business in Saskatchewan unless their total investment is $1,000,000 CAD or higher;
  • Create or maintain a minimum of two jobs for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents in Saskatchewan (non-relative workers) if establishing a new business in Saskatoon or Regina;
  • If purchasing an existing business in Saskatoon or Regina, the applicant must maintain the business’ staffing complement (the number of Canadian or permanent resident workers) in place at the time of purchase.
  • Reside in Saskatchewan with their dependent family members; and
  • Sign a business performance agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, which will be provided by the SINP after the application is approved.

Minimum Requirements for Businesses
For a business to be considered eligible under this sub-category, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • The business must have the potential for creating economic benefit to Saskatchewan, as assessed by SINP immigration officer;
  • The business can be a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or Corporation, but must meet the legal requirements of the community in which it operates;
  • The business must be a for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services; and
  • The business must be considered a “permanent establishment” as defined under subsection 400(2) of the Canadian Income Tax Regulations, 1985.

Additional Requirements for Business Succession
If purchasing a previously existing Saskatchewan business, the following requirements must be met:

  • The business must have been in continuous operation by the same owner for the past three years;
  • The applicant must complete an exploratory visit to meet the previous owner(s);
  • Reasonable efforts must be taken to establish a fair market value for the business;
  • There must be a complete change in ownership where the applicant assumes full control of the business; and
  • The applicant must commit to maintaining employment for existing Canadian citizens or permanent residents above the minimum required, as well as maintaining existing wages and employment terms.

If purchasing a previously existing Saskatchewan business from an SINP Entrepreneur Nominee, the following requirements must be met:

  • The business must have been in continuous operation by the previous owner for at least three years;
  • The business must demonstrate a net profit for at least two of the previous three years;
  • The previous owner must be either a Permanent Resident or a Canadian Citizen;
  • The applicant must complete an exploratory visit to meet the current owner(s);
  • Reasonable efforts must be taken to establish a fair market value for the business;
  • There must be a complete change in ownership where the applicant assumed full control of the business; and
  • The applicant must commit to maintaining employment for existing Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Additional Requirements for Joint Ventures between SINP Program Applicants 
If proposing a joint venture with another SINP applicant in the operation of a new business, the purchase of an existing business, or a partnership with a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen, the following requirements must be met:

  • The business must have been in continuous operation by the same owner for the past three years;
  • Applicants must complete an exploratory visit to meet the previous owner(s) or business partner(s);
  • Reasonable efforts must be taken to establish a fair market value for the business or investment amount;
  • Any succession must result in a complete change in ownership where the applicants assume full control of the business;
  • Applicants must maintain employment for existing Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
    • Applicants are not required to create additional jobs.
  • Applicants must clearly indicate in their application form that they are proposing a joint venture with a program applicant or a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, and identify their proposed business partners;
  • Each prospective applicant must submit their individual EOI simultaneously;

NOTE: Each prospective applicant in a joint venture application will be evaluated individually. Selection from the EOI pool for processing will depend on their individual abilities to meet eligibility criteria and earn points. If a partner is not selected from the pool, all other partners must update their business proposal in order to remain eligible for the EOI points previously earned. If all partners are selected from the pool and approved, each will sign a separate Business Performance Agreement, and each partner must meet the terms of his/her agreement to be nominated. If one or more partners fail to meet the terms of their Business Performance Agreement, all remaining partners must update their performance agreements to ensure they continue to meet program criteria.
Minimum Investment Requirements
An investment will be considered eligible if it is essential to the establishment and operation a new business, or to the purchase, improvement and operation of an existing business.

Expression of Interest Points Grid
Using the points assessment grid, candidates are allocated points for various elements under three categories: human capital, business experience, and business establishment plan.

Human Capital Factors

Factor Description Points Max points
Age
20 or less 0 15
21-29 10 15
30-39 15 15
40-54 10 15
55+ 0 15
Exploratory Visit Exploratory visit to Saskatchewan with details 15 15
Official Language Ability
No language test 0 15
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 5 15
CLB 5 10 15
CLB 6+ 15 15
Qualifications/Education
Trade or occupational certification 10 15
Completed a Bachelor Degree or Post-Graduate Degree 15 15
Net Worth
$500,000 - $549,999 CAD 0 15
$550,000 - $749,999 CAD 5 15
$750,000 - $999,999 CAD 10 15
$1,000,000+ CAD 15 15

Business Experience

Factor Description Points Max. points
Entrepreneurial Experience
4 to 7 years entrepreneurial experience 10 20
8 or more years entrepreneurial experience 15 20
4 to 7 years entrepreneurial experience with 50%+ ownership in business 15 20
8 or more years entrepreneurial experience with 50%+ ownership in business 20 20
Business Revenue
$50,000 - $99,999 CAD 5 20
$100,000 - $249,999 CAD 10 20
$250,000 - $499,999 CAD 15 20
$500,000 CAD+ 20 20
Innovation Previous verifiable experience in:
Export Trade 10 10
Registered patents 10 10
Gazelle business 10 10

Business Establishment Plan

Factor Description Points Max.points
Investment Amount (Total equity to establish or purchase and expand an eligible business in SK)
$200,000 - $349,999 CAD 0 20
$350,000 - $499,999 CAD 5 20
$500,000 - $749,999 CAD 10 20
$750,000 - $999,999 CAD 15 20
$1,000,000+ CAD 20 20
Investment in Key Economic Sectors
Science and technology 15 15
Manufacturing 15 15
Export 15 15
Rural business succession 15 15
Rural business development 15 15

Business Establishment Plan
The Business Establishment Plan (BEP) must be a coherent and well-thought-out plan for successful settlement and business development in Saskatchewan. The plan should outline the steps that the applicant will take to ensure that the business has a reasonable chance of success and can be implemented upon arrival. Additionally, it should demonstrate that the business meets the minimum required investment level and that the applicant will hold an active managerial position in the business. The BEP should show that the candidate has conducted extensive research into the economic, market, and cultural factors relevant to the proposed business.
A third party may help the applicant develop the BEP, however, it is crucial that the applicant has complete knowledge and understanding of his or her plan. In the event that the applicant is unaware of the BEP’s contents, he or she may be deemed ineligible and the points for the BEP on his or her EOI may not be awarded.
Regardless of whether the candidate intends to purchase an existing business or establish a new one, the BEP must touch on all of the following topics: the business idea, economic benefit, investment, business relationships, and human capital.
Business Idea
The business idea section of the Business Establishment Plan must:

  • Specify the proposed industry/sector in which the business will operate; Include the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code;
  • Provide a description of the proposed business, including:
    • The legal name and the trading name of the business (in the case of business succession), 
    • Details of any changes the candidate is considering making to the business operation (in the case of business succession).
  • Include business ownership information – partnership, proprietorship, corporation, franchise, acquisition;
  • Specify the proposed location for the business (city or town);
  • Provide a market analysis; Target market(s)? Suppliers? Major competitors? 
  • Specify which products and/or services the business will offer;
  • Specify which distribution channels the business will use;
  • Specify the business' hours of operation;
  • Specify any regulations or licenses required to operate the business;
  • Specify the number of jobs to be created for Canadians or Permanent Residents living in Saskatchewan; and
  • Include full details of research undertaken to support these plans.

Economic Benefit
This section of the BEP must describe the economic benefit to the community being served, such as:

  • Adopting and introducing new technology;
  • Developing new products or services;
  • Developing innovative approaches to traditional businesses;
  • Increasing exports;
  • Increasing research and development or technology commercialization;
  • Providing products or services to an under-served local or regional market; and/or
  • Transferring technology and specialized knowledge to Saskatchewan.

Investment
The investment section of the BEP should include:

  • The proposed investment amount, including how the money will be spent;
  • The fore-casted start-up funds and expenses, including a cash flow projection for the first year of operation;
  • The source of financing for investment (the minimum investment amount must come from the applicant's own funds); and
  • The amount of credit if credit will be required in addition to investment from personal resources.

Business Relationships
In this section of the BEP, the candidate should provide:

  • The name, organisations, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and emails of contracted professional business service providers who the applicant has contacted and/or has established an active working relationship or paid contractual agreement with;
  • The name, organization name, mailing address, email and telephone number of the person who compiled or assisted in the compilation of the BEP; and
  • A summary of people contracted or consulted in preparation of the BEP.

Human Capital
This final section of the plan should include:

  • The management contribution the candidate will make with respect to the proposed business, including an estimate of the hours he or she will spend managing and/or working in the business on a weekly basis;
  • Any preparation and training for entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan (including course titles and institution names, if applicable);
  • The candidate's educational background and its relevance to the proposed business idea; and
  • The candidate's entrepreneurial experience and its relevance to the proposed business idea.
    • If the candidate has no relevant experience or background directly related to the proposed business, he or she should explain how his or her knowledge or experience can be applied to the business.

Exploratory Visit Report
For all applicants choosing to invest in a business succession opportunity, a joint venture, or a regional business opportunity, an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan is mandatory. These applicants must complete an Exploratory Visit Report, to be submitted along with their online application, that provides details on the activities undertaken during their visit to Saskatchewan. The report must cover the entire length of stay in Canada, including time spent in other provinces, if any.
The Exploratory Visit Report must include:

  • The name of the professional business service providers or settlement organizations visited during the trip, including mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and emails;
  • A description of the activity and/or meeting and how it relates to the applicant's business establishment or settlement;
  • Copies of all airline tickets, boarding passes, and hotel receipts during the candidate's entire stay in Canada;
  • Copies of business cards collected from relevant contact and business service providers contacted during the visit; and
  • Details of any visits to the existing business location and meetings with current owners, in the case of business succession.

Ineligible Businesses
The following types of businesses are considered ineligible for the SINP Entrepreneur sub-category:

  • Property rental, investment, and leasing activities;
  • Real estate construction/development/brokerage, insurance brokerage, or business brokerage;
  • Professional services or self-employed business operators requiring licensing or accreditation;
  • Pay day loan, cheque cashing, money changing, and cash machines;
  • Credit unions;
  • Home-based businesses, including bed-and-breakfasts and lodging houses;
  • Co-operatives; and
  • Investments into a business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income.

Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category
This sub-category is for experienced farmers with considerable capital looking to invest in a farming operation and settle in the province of Saskatchewan, and a genuine.
Minimum Requirements for Applicants
In order to be eligible as a farm owner/operator, applicants must:

  • Have a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD, verified by a Ministry approved professional third party;
  • Demonstrate through documented proof that the claimed net worth was accumulated through legal means, verified by a Ministry approved professional third party;The third party must also verify that the claimed net worth of the applicant’s spouse has been accumulated through legal means.
  • Have relevant farm operation knowledge and experience, demonstrated through documentation; and
    • This refers to active ownership of a farming operation using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming.
    • The applicant is required to demonstrate how this knowledge and experience relates to owning and actively operating a Saskatchewan farm through the submission of a Résumé and a Farm Establishment Plan.
    • The Résumé must clearly identify the applicant's other work experience (if applicable), including job title, place of employment, responsibilities, and business skills.
  • Have a viable, considered proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity.
    • Farm proposal viability refers to the feasibility of establishing the proposed farming operation in Saskatchewan.
    • The proposal must sufficiently illustrate the candidate's intent to reside in the province.

Minimum Requirements for the Young Farmer Stream
Applicants who are under 40 years of age are eligible to meet the Farm sub-category’s amended criteria to be considered for nomination under the Young Farmer Stream. To be eligible under this stream, applicants must:

  • Have a minimum net worth of $300,000 CAD, verified by a Ministry approved professional third party;
  • Demonstrate through documented proof that the claimed net worth was accumulated through legal means, verified by a Ministry approved professional third party;
  • Have relevant farm operation knowledge and experience, demonstrated through documentation;
  • Have at least three years experience in:
    • Farm ownership;
    • Farm management; or
    • Practical farming experience;
  • Have a viable, considered proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity; and
  • Have the potential to supplement their farming income with their accompanying spouse/common law partner's marketable employment skills, based on education and experience.

Exploratory Visit

To be considered under the SINP's Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category, applicants are required to make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan. This visit must take place prior to submitting an application to the SINP and must be for a minimum of five business days. On this trip, the candidate is expected to conduct comprehensive research into the Saskatchewan farming industry and community in the form of meetings with service professionals. Finally, candidates are expected to meet with a representative of the SINP to discuss their proposed farm operation while in Saskatchewan.

Business Performance Agreement and Refundable Deposit

If the application is approved for nomination, the applicant will be sent a Nomination Approval and Request for Deposit letter, and a Business Performance Agreement. The Business Performance Agreement must be signed by the applicant. In doing so, he or she is committing to purchase and actively operate a farming operating in Saskatchewan. The letter will provide instructions on how to make the required refundable $75,000 CAD Good Faith Deposit, with regard to the requirements of the performance agreement. 
Return of the Good Faith Deposit
In order to have the deposit refunded, the applicant must submit an Application for Deposit Refund Request to the SINP. This may be done:

  • Within two years of landing in Saskatchewan;
  • When all terms of the Business Performance Agreement have been met; and
  • When the applicant can demonstrate that he or she has actively invested in the Saskatchewan farm for no less than six months.

The SINP assesses this application based on the criteria found in the Business Performance Agreement.

  • If the SINP determines that all conditions for deposit return have been met, the full $75,000 CAD deposit will be returned plus any interest accumulated on it.
  • If the SINP determines that the conditions for return have not been met, the applicant will be notified of the criteria that she or he is required to meet before the deposit can be returned.
  • If the SINP determines that the applicant does not intend to become a Permanent Resident, land in Saskatchewan, or meet the conditions of the Business Performance Agreement, the deposit, and any interest accumulated on it, will be forfeited to the province.
  • If the SINP determines that the applicant purposefully misrepresented him or herself and/or committed fraud to obtain permanent residence status, it will retain the deposit and any interest accumulated on it.
  • If the applicant is approved for nomination but is unable to accept the nomination for humanitarian reasons, the full deposit will be returned plus any interest accumulated on it.

Farm Establishment Plan

The Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) must be a coherent and well-thought-out plan for successful settlement and business development in Saskatchewan. The FEP should show that the candidate has conducted extensive research into the economic and market factors relevant to the proposed farming operation. The applicant must also take into consideration his or her management strengths and weaknesses.
A third party may help the applicant develop the FEP, however, it is crucial that the applicant has complete knowledge and understanding of his or her plan. In the event that the applicant is unaware of the FEP’s contents, he or she will be assessed accordingly and may subsequently be deemed ineligible.
The FEP must include the following:

  • Proposed industry/sector (NAICS Code);
  • Proposed investment amount;
  • Number of jobs to be created for Saskatchewan residents;
  • Management contribution the nominee will make with respect to the proposed farming operation;
  • Fore-casted start up funds and expenses;
  • Business ownership information;
  • Proposed location for the farming operation;
  • Preparation and training for farm operation in Saskatchewan (including course titles and institution names, if applicable);
  • A list of planned past and/or future visits to Saskatchewan, if applicable (include: Dates, purposes, agendas, inviting organizations, etc.);
  • Plans for establishing residence in Saskatchewan; 
  • The name, organizations, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and emails of contracted professional business service providers whom the nominee has contacted and/or established an active working relationship or paid contractual agreement with;
  • The name, organization name, mailing address, email, and phone number of the person who compiled the FEP; and
  • A summary of people contracted or consulted in preparation of the FEP.