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Saskatchewan Launches New ‘Hard-To-Fill Skills’ Pilot Program

Published on: November 25th, 2021
Last updated: December 6th, 2021

Today, on November 25, 2021, Saskatchewan announced a new Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot program to help employers recruit candidates in certain roles that are difficult to fill in the province.

The program will help Saskatchewan employers recruit workers in select jobs, including low and entry-level positions, through international missions and recruitment activities.

Sectors identified as having the highest demand include health, manufacturing, agriculture, ag-tech, construction, hospitality and retail.

Saskatchewan has experienced strong job growth within the last few months, surpassing the national increase by 0.8 per cent.

“The demand for labour in our province is strong, and it’s only going to increase with the significant economic projects recently announced in Saskatchewan,” said Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison in a recent media release.

To be eligible for the Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot, candidates must:

  • Have a full-time, permanent job offer in an eligible occupation with a Saskatchewan employer;
  • Have a SINP job approval letter;
  • Score a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 (some employers may require higher);
  • Have completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma;
  • Have mandatory licensing if required for job;
  • Have at least one year of work experience in the same occupation as the job offered and at least six months of work experience with the Saskatchewan employer

Employers must demonstrate that they have made extensive efforts to recruit a permanent resident or citizen and the need for the foreign worker at their business. The Saskatchewan employer must also demonstrate their ability to provide settlement support for the worker once they arrive.

Eligible job offers must be in one of the following NOC codes:

NOCOccupation Title
9619Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
9617Labourers in food, beverage and associated Products processing
9612Labourers in Metal fabrication
9536Industrial painters, coaters and Metal finishing process operators
9526Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
9461Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated processing
9431Sawmill machine operators
9416Metalworking and forging machine operators
8431General farm workers
7611Construction trades helpers and labourers
7521Heavy Equipment operators (except crane)
7511Transport truck drivers
7452Material handlers
6733Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
6731Light duty cleaners
6711Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
6525Hotel front desk clerks
6513Food and beverage servers
4412Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
3414Other assisting occupations in support of health services
3413Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
1521Shippers and receivers

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