Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway

Last updated: 23 March 2022

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The Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway aims to attract highly skilled tech sector professionals from around the world to Canada's prairie province.

The stream falls under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) and was created to help employers recruit more talent to help grow and improve the province's global competitiveness in the technology and innovation sectors.

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Overview

Saskatchewan, a Canadian province, is facing a significant shortage of high-tech workers. That's why its provincial government has launched the Tech Talent Pathway. This new pathway to permanent residency is designed to help Saskatchewan employers find new talent to foster growth and improve the province's global competitiveness in technology and innovation.

The Tech Talent Pathway is open to applicants living outside of Canada as well as those with legal status in Canada. In order to be admissible under this pathway, applicants must have a permanent, full-time job offer in the technology or innovation sector in Saskatchewan.

Eligibility requirements for non-Express Entry candidates

Those interested in applying under the Tech Talent Pathway must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Live outside Canada or have legal status in Canada;
  • Are not a refugee claimant;
  • Have an employer-specific SINP Job Approval Letter for an eligible technology sector occupation;
  • Have at least Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 5 in English and/or French if not working in Saskatchewan at the time of application. If they are working in Saskatchewan for the employer offering the job, they must meet the language requirements set by the employer;
  • Have at least one-year of work experience in eligible tech occupation in the past five years ; OR
  • Have worked full-time (30+ hours per week) for at least six months for the employer offering the job; 
  • Have a post-secondary education; and
  • Be eligible for Saskatchewan professional licensing (applicable to eligible computer, software, electrical and electronics engineers which correspond to NOCs 2147, 2173, 2133);
  • Attest of intent to settle in Saskatchewan. 

Eligible occupations

You may be able to apply to the Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway if you have a job offer in one of the following occupations, which are listed with their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:

  • Computer and information systems managers (0213)
  • Electrical and Electronics engineers (2133)
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (2147)
  • Information System analysts and consultants (2171)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  • Software engineers and designers (2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  • Web designers and developers (2175)
  • Computer network technicians (2281)
  • User support technicians (2282)
  • Information system testing technicians (2283)

Eligibility requirements for Express Entry candidates

Those eligible for one of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) Express Entry-managed programs or accepted into the pool may also be eligible for this pathway. Those who choose to apply to this stream as an IRCC Express Entry candidate will be required to :

  • Have a valid Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code.
  • Have a language test result that meets the federal Express Entry language requirements
  • Have an employer-specific SINP Job Approval Letter for an eligible technology sector occupation;
  • Have at least one-year of work experience in eligible tech occupation in the past five years or six months (30+ hours per week) if already working in Saskatchewan for employer offering a job; OR
  • Have a post-secondary education that relates to the job; and
  • Be eligible for Saskatchewan professional licensing (applicable to eligible computer, software, electrical and electronics engineers which correspond to NOCs 2147, 2173, 2133);
  • Attest of intent to settle in Saskatchewan.

The advantage of applying through Express Entry is that the IRCC gives priority to Express Entry applications for permanent residence and processing times are generally six months or less. Currently, these processing times are longer due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, but the Canadian government aims to restore the 6-month standard in the near future.

Tech Talent Pathway application process

  • Obtain a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer;
  • Employer will need to provide the applicant with a Job Approval Letter from the SINP;
  • Read and follow the application guidelines available on the SINP website;
  • Create an online account and submit an online application to the SINP, filling in all sections, scanning and submitting all required documents.

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