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Saskatchewan is one of Canada's prairie provinces known for its lush farmlands and lucrative job opportunities, particularly in areas of agriculture, forestry, fishing, manufacturing, mining and energy as well as it’s tourism and hospitality sectors. As a rural community, Saskatchewan is often overlooked by most, as skilled workers tend to flock to bigger cities, unaware of the abundance of job opportunities that this province has to offer. Saskatchewan is one of the provinces that has almost every in-demand job in Canada. In fact, it has so many job opportunities that it does not have an in-demand occupations list but an ineligible occupations list instead.


How Does the Saskatchewan PNP Work?

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The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) was designed to help address the labour gap that the province is currently facing. It has four main categories: the International Skilled Worker category, the Saskatchewan Work Experience category, the Entrepreneur Category as well as the Farm Owner and Operator category. The International Skilled Worker category has so many job opportunities that it has an excluded occupation list stating which occupations do not qualify for this immigration category.

The International Skilled Worker Category

This category has 3 streams:

  • International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer,
  • International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand stream,
  • International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry stream.

Each stream has its own specific requirements that need to be met in order to be deemed eligible.


International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand Stream

This stream is for skilled workers who would like to apply to immigrate to Canada without applying through the Express Entry system but instead apply directly to Saskatchewan’s government. To qualify you must have work experience in an in-demand occupation in Canada that is not on the Saskatchewan occupation in-demand excluded list.


International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry

This stream is for highly skilled workers who would like to apply to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system To qualify you must have work experience in an in-demand occupation in Canada that is not on the Saskatchewan occupation in-demand excluded list. You will be required to submit an expression of interest when you create your Express Entry profile.

Below are the occupations that do not qualify for the Occupation In-Demand and Saskatchewan Express Entry categories:


Excluded Occupations List
NOC Code Ineligible Occupations
9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
9223 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators


Saskatchewan Experience Category

Although these occupations fall on the excluded list of in-demand occupations, Saskatchewan has dedicated this category for foreign workers who are currently living and working in the province for at least 6 months with a valid work permit and would like to apply for permanent residency. The following occupations qualify under the following subcategories:

Saskatchewan Experience Category: Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker

This category is for semi-skilled agricultural workers who are already employed in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months, have a valid full-time job offer and would like to apply for permanent residence in Saskatchewan. Eligible occupations include:


Agriculture Occupations List
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
8431 General Farm Worker
8432 Nursery and Greenhouse Worker


Saskatchewan Experience Category: Health Professionals

This category is for health professionals who are already employed in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months, have a valid full-time job offer and would like to apply for permanent residence in Saskatchewan. This sub-category has 3 separate streams, each with its own eligibility criteria.

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Health Professionals
Health Professionals Occupations List
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
3111 Specialist physicians
3112 General practitioners and family physicians
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
3012 Psychiatric Nurses
3012 Registered Nurses
Any occupation at level 0, A, B, C Other Healthcare professionals

Saskatchewan Experience Category: Hospitality Sector

This category is for hospitality workers who are already employed in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months, have a valid full-time job offer and would like to apply for permanent residence in Saskatchewan. Eligible occupations include:

Hospitality Occupations List
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
6513 Food and Beverage Server
6711 Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen helper
6731 Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff

Saskatchewan Experience Category: Long-Haul Truck Drivers

This category is for truck drivers who are already employed in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months, have a valid full-time job offer and would like to apply for permanent residence in Saskatchewan.

Occupations List
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
7511 Long-haul truck driver

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