SINP Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot: Application to Nomination

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SINP Hard-to-Fill Skills (HFS) pilot was launched in the year 2021. This pathway under the SINP International Skilled Worker nominates applicants with an employment offer in a low-skill, high-demand job. This article includes detailed information about the SINP HFS pathway such as:

Latest Update on HFS Pilot

SINP has made some occupations and business types ineligible to apply through the Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot as of 2nd May 2024.

As of 11 January 2024, SINP has closed down HFS Pilot for review. The pilot is expected to open in Spring of the same year. Job Approval Forms (JAFs) that were received before the closing of the pilot will still be processed, given they meet the eligibility requirements.

Not all occupations are affected under this latest update. Out of a total 33 occupations, 11 still remain eligible. These are:

  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient associates
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
  • Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • Livestock labourers
  • Harvesting labourers
  • Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated processing
  • Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing

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List of Occupations for the SINP Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot

The 30 occupations that are eligible for the Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot are tabulated below.

NOC code
TEER Level
Occupations
14400
TEER 4
Shippers and receivers
14401
TEER 4
Storekeepers and parts persons
14404
TEER 4
Dispatchers
32109
TEER 2
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
33102
TEER 3
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient associates
33103
TEER 3
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33109
TEER 3
Other assisting occupations in support of health services
44101
TEER 4
Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
Note: Home Support Workers, Caregivers and other related occupations are excluded and are ineligible for the Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot.
64314
TEER 4
Hotel front desk clerks
65102
TEER 5
Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
65200
TEER 5
Food and beverage servers
65201
TEER 5
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
65310
TEER 5
Light duty cleaners
65312
TEER 5
Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners
73201
TEER 3
General building maintenance workers and building superintendents
73300
TEER 3
Transport truck drivers
Note: You must get the required licensing from Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) to keep your provincial nomination from the SINP HFS pilot. Moreover, you must demonstrate that you have finished the Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT), and have a Class 1A or Class 2 A license according to the vehicle.
73400
TEER 3
Heavy Equipment operators (except crane)
75101
TEER 5
Material handlers
75110
TEER 5
Construction trades helpers and laborers
84120
TEER 4
Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85100
TEER 5
Livestock laborers
85101
TEER 5
Harvesting laborers
85111
TEER 5
Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related laborers
94105
TEER 4
Metalworking and forging machine operators
94106
TEER 4
Machining tool operators
94120
TEER 4
Sawmill machine operators
94140
TEER 4
Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated processing
94141
TEER 4
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94204
TEER 4
Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
94213
TEER 4
Industrial painters, coaters and Metal finishing process operators
95101
TEER 5
Laborers in Metal fabrication
95106
TEER 5
Laborers in food, beverage and associated Products processing
95109
TEER 5
Other laborers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

Eligibility Criteria for Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot 

Before applying for the SINP Hard-to-Fill Skills pilot, ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements tabulated below.

Eligibility FactorsMandatory requirements
SINP Job Offer This is the foremost mandatory eligibility requirement for the Saskatchewan HFS pathway. You must receive an employment offer for a permanent, paid job included in the eligible occupations for the Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot. Your employer in Saskatchewan will provide you with a SINP Job Approval Letter . This will act as proof of your job offer.
A valid SINP employer The job offer must be from a valid Saskatchewan employer. The employer is considered eligible if:
-They have attempted to recruit Canadians and Permanent Residents before recruiting international workers.
-Submitted a Job Approval Form or JAF to the SINP
-Obtained a Job Approval Letter. The JAL acts as an authorization for the Saskatchewan employer to hire a foreign skilled worker.
-Have registered with the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety in case they are hiring you on the basis of a closed work permit.
Work Experience

A minimum work experience of one year within the last three years is mandatory. This experience must be paid, full-time and belong to or be related to the eligible occupations for the HFS pathway.If your previous job was with an employer who has provided you with a valid Job Approval Letter, your work experience only needs to be for 6 months in the last three years. However, it still needs to be related to the eligible occupations, and must be full-time and paid.

Language Proficiency  Score at least Canadian Language Benchmark or CLB 4 in your language proficiency test. Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) accepts CELPIP and IELTS (general) for English proficiency tests. It accepts TCF and TEF as French proficiency tests. 
Your test results must not be older than 2 years.
The minimum language proficiency can vary according to the demands of your employer according to the NOC code of the job offer
Academic qualifications You must have completed your high school or secondary school or higher education. However, this is the minimum and mandatory eligibility criteria for the SINP Hard-to-FIll Skills Pilot. Depending upon the NOC code of your job offer, the minimum academic requirements might vary. For example, in the case of NOC 32109, a two-year college diploma or longer training is mandatory, besides high school.
A valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report is required if you have completed your education from anywhere outside Canada.
Living in Saskatchewan You will be required to submit documents to demonstrate your intentions to permanently live and work in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

How to Apply for the Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot?

The SINP Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot does not require an Expression of Interest or EOI. Moreover, you will not be scored by the SINP points assessment grid

  • The first and foremost step towards applying for the SINP HFS pilot is to ensure that you have a job offer. You can utilize Canada Job Bank or Saskjobs to get a job offer that is valid for the pathway.
  • Once you have a job offer, register and create an account on OASIS or Saskatchewan Online Application System.
SINP-HFS-Register
  • Determine and select your SINP pathway.
SINP-HFS
  • Upload the required documents and submit information under the following categories:
    • Citizenship
    • Birth Documents
    • Passport
    • Marital Status
    • Education Selection
    • Work Experience Section
    • English/French Ability
  • Once all the information is complete and all the required documents are uploaded, submit the SINP HFS application. 
  • Upon submission, your application will undergo a pre-screening process to confirm its completeness.
  • A complete SINP application will then undergo a criteria assessment and recommendation process. This is the phase where the SINP will ask for any additional information if required. You will have 10 days to comply and submit the requested additional documents.
  • If your application is successfully approved, you will receive:

Document Checklist for the SINP HFS Pilot

A complete list of documents required for the Saskatchewan Hard to Fill Skills Pilot will vary according to your profile. However, there are certain documents that are mandatory to upload while applying for this pathway. They are listed below. 

  • An approved and valid job offer that is:
    • Addressed to you
    • Includes the designation, job description, salary, and all relevant information.
    • Lists the information about the company
    • Contains the location of your job
    • Is issued on the official letterhead of the company
    • Signed by the employer
  • Copy of SINP Job Approval Letter (JAL) 
  • Language proficiency test- valid for 2 years
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)- valid for 5 years
  • Reference letters from HR or previous employers to validate your work experience.
  • Temporary Work Permit if you are working in Saskatchewan
  • To validate Saskatchewan work experience, you will need to submit proof of residency in the province. This includes the copies of Saskatchewan Health Card or driver’s license.
  • Birth Certificates
  • Passports

All the documents must either be in French or English. In case they are in any other language, you must submit the original copies along with the English/French translation. Your documents must be translated by a certified translator. Along with the translated paperwork, you will also need to submit an affidavit from the certified translator.

Processing Time and Fees

The Processing time for the Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot is approximately 4 weeks. 

There is no application fee for this SINP International Worker stream. However, it does not include the expenses for language proficiency tests, ECA reports, and other mandatory application requirements.

The Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot is the most suitable option for you if you have a job offer in a lower-skilled occupation in Saskatchewan. The most prominent advantage of this SINP International Skilled Worker pathway is that there is no minimum EOI score required to be eligible. Moreover, unlike other SINP ISW pathways, it has no application fee. 

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