Saskatchewan's Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot
Professionals in occupations for which it is difficult to find workers can immigrate through the International Skilled Worker – Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot.
The Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot of Saskatchewan’s provincial program is designed for professionals whose skills are in high demand in the provincial labour market. To participate, you need to get a job offer in Saskatchewan in a suitable occupation.
To be eligible to apply for the pilot, you must meet the following requirements:
- have at least a high school education;
- get a job offer in Saskatchewan for one of the in-demand occupations (list below);
- have experience in the same profession for which the job offer is received:
- 6 months in Saskatchewan;
- or 1 year outside of Saskatchewan within the last 3 years;
- demonstrate proficiency in English or French at level 4 on the CLB scale;
- for truck drivers: have a driving license obtained in Saskatchewan.
The following specialties are eligible to apply for the Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot:
- labourers in processing, manufacturing, and utilities;
- labourers in food, beverage, and associated products processing;
- labourers in metal fabrication;
- industrial painters, coaters, and metal finishing process operators;
- mechanical assemblers and inspectors;
- process control and machine operators, food, beverage, and associated processing;
- sawmill machine operators;
- metalworking and forging machine operators;
- general farm workers;
- construction trades helpers and labourers;
- heavy equipment operators;
- transport truck drivers;
- material handlers;
- janitors, caretakers, and building superintendents;
- light duty cleaners;
- food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, and related support occupations;
- hotel front desk clerks;
- food and beverage servers;
- home support workers, housekeepers, and related occupations (work for a family is not suitable);
- assisting occupations in support of health services;
- nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates;
- shippers and receivers.
How to find a job and apply
To search for jobs, use Saskatchewan's official employment website. The province also holds occasional job fairs where employers look for candidates with certain occupations. Once you receive a job offer, you can apply for the pilot on Saskatchewan's website.
To learn about other Saskatchewan provincial program streams, see "Immigration to Saskatchewan — Canada's provincial program".