CANADA LAUNCHES IMMIGRATION PROGRAM FOR TECH TALENTS; On March 7, Saskatchewan launched the new Tech Talent Pathway under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to attract tech workers into the province. The Tech Talent Pathway is intended to ease critical labour shortages in Saskatchewan’s tech sector. With this new pathway to permanent residence for tech workers, employers in Saskatchewan’s technology and innovation sectors will be able to attract more talent to support growth and increase Saskatchewan’s global competitiveness.

“As Saskatchewan emerges from the impacts of the global pandemic, our technology sector will be an important driver of economic growth,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said in a media release. “The new Tech Talent Pathway provides our Saskatchewan employers with a dedicated stream for the attraction of highly skilled talent into our thriving technology sector.”

The federal government, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets the amount of nominations the SINP can make every year. No application is guaranteed to be nominated, the SINP says.

Eligible occupations
Candidates my be able to apply to the Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway if they have a job offer in one of the following occupations, listed below by their National Occupation Classification (NOC) code.

  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 2133 Electrical and Electronics engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2171 Information System analysts and consultants
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 2281 Computer network technicians2282 User support technicians
  • 2283 Information system testing technicians

More eligibility criteria
You may qualify for the program if you live outside Canada or have legal status in Canada, and are not a refugee claimant.

To be eligible, you need an offer for an eligible permanent, full-time technology or innovation sector job in Saskatchewan, regardless of if you are applying as an Express Entry candidate or not. You will need a valid SINP Job Approval Letter to show proof, and to attest to your intent to work and reside in Saskatchewan.