Saskatchewan Express Entry

Saskatchewan sends provincial nominations to nearly 1000 skilled workers 

In its largest draw yet, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) sent provincial nomination invitations to 986 candidates on October 17. The candidates from this draw were selected from the federal Express Entry pool. However, the SINP usually does select from the Occupations In-Demand immigration stream as well. Those selected had a profile created with the SINP in addition to their Express Entry profiles. 

The SINP ranks Express Entry applicants through an Expression of Interest (EOI) points system. The EOI method is similar to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used by Express Entry. The EOI system awards points based on the candidate’s Saskatchewan connections, work history, educational experience, language proficiency, etc. However, its main difference from CRS is that EOI ranks candidates out of 100 points. Incidentally, the minimum ranking for this draw was 67 points.  

Occupations for the Saskatchewan Labour Market 

Those who apply for the nominee program through Express Entry do not require a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. However, they do need to have previous work experience in an occupation they studied for. The occupation must also be an eligible one that is in-demand for Saskatchewan’s labour market. Incidentally, there are now more than 200 of these eligible occupations available for prospective Saskatchewan immigrants. The latest batch of candidates had experience in one of twelve in-demand occupations specified by the province for this draw. 

The occupations that were the focus of this draw were: 

  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers 
  • Construction managers 
  • Early childhood educators and assistants 
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics 
  • Information systems analysts and consultants  
  • Managers in agriculture 
  • Financial officers
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers 
  • Restaurant and foodservice managers
  • Social and community service workers 
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 

The 986 candidates will be given invitations to apply for provincial nominations. What’s more, if their applications are successful, they will each receive 600 points to add their Express Entry profiles. These 600 points (for their CRS scores) will bring them to the top of the federal Express Entry draw. From there, the likelihood that they would be selected for Canadian permanent residence in a future federal draw is practically guaranteed.

Saskatchewan Express Entry

Saskatchewan sents invitations to 559 skilled foreign workers

For three weeks in a row, Saskatchewan conducted provincial nomination invitation draws through their Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand PNP categories. The latest draw on October 8 distributed 559 of these invitations to skilled workers from various occupations. The candidates have 60 days to apply for their Saskatchewan provincial nomination. These provincial nominations will practically guarantee them the opportunity to be invited for Canadian permanent residency.

On September 18, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) eliminated its In-Demand Occupation List. Instead, they have begun to use an Excluded Occupation List, meaning that 218 jobs are now eligible. The October 8 draw was the third of its kind since the list was expanded three weeks ago. These past three weeks have seen 1,938 invitations drawn, with 769 drawn September 25 and 610 drawn October 2.

The candidates selected in this latest draw represented fifteen different occupations. Some of the candidates included administrative assistants, bakers, database analysts, human resource managers, and investment managers. 

Qualifying Candidates

Successful applicants are required to have at least one year of experience working in their eligible occupation, and background in studying that occupation. However, applicants do not require previous Canadian work experience or a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer to apply. They are also given a score based on the SINP’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system, which considers English or French language skills, Saskatchewan connections, and work history. 

There were 382 candidates selected from the Occupation In-Demand sub-category in the draw. Those who register through Occupation In-Demand do not need a job offer. However, they are required to have an EOI profile. Evidently, the lowest-scoring applicants from the latest draw had 69 points.  

Finally, as for the draw’s Express Entry candidates, they are selected by Saskatchewan via the federal-run Express Entry system. The system manages candidates with profiles in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Candian Experience Class. In this draw, 231 of the 559 drawn candidates were registered through Express Entry. Each of these candidates also had a profile with the SINP’s EOI system, the lowest of which also scored 69 points. The Express Entry candidates who were selected will receive 600 points for their federal profiles, increasing their chances of being selected for the federal permanent residency draw.

Saskatchewan Express Entry

Saskatchewan EOI

No minimum CRS threshold for Saskatchewan’s new Expression of Interest system linked to federal Express Entry

The Saskatchewan EOI Immigrant Nominee Program’s new Expression of Interest system for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories has opened.


Before this new system came into operation, Saskatchewan had a first-come, first-served model that was used for these two International Skilled Worker sub-categories. The doors used to be shut to the many qualified applicants who couldn’t get their applications in on time.


This new system allows for the Saskatchewan province to select eligible immigration candidates already in the Federal Express Entry pool and invite them for a provincial nomination. Skilled workers who possess the specified amount of work experience in one of the provinces’ in demand occupations sub category may become eligible to receive the Provincial nomination.


The province feels that the change-over to the new EOI system will allow the SINP to target those immigrants who are most likely to find success in the Saskatchewan labour market. As the SINP says on the webpage outlining the new system, “a goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.”


Candidates who score at least 60 points on the assessment grid and satisfy other eligibility requirements enter the Saskatchewan pool of candidates for either the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-category and those selected are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws.


This new system follows other Canadian provinces that are using the merit-based EOI approach to select immigration candidates. The federal government’s Express Entry system also replaced a first come first served model in 2015 and now highest-ranked candidates are selected to apply for Permanent Residence based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).


Saskatchewan’s EOI system will also give more people an opportunity to compete for a provincial nomination through these sub-categories. These are among the few in Canada that do not require a job offer to be considered for nomination.


With this move to regularize draws instead of occasional openings, it will no longer about the lucky few who were quick enough to apply and the focus will be on skilled immigrants required by the labour market of the province.


This could also be good news for interested Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores. Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category does not have a minimum CRS score requirement, so anyone eligible for the Express Entry pool can submit an Expression of Interest. A provincial nomination is worth an additional 600 CRS points, which essentially guarantees an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence to all Express Entry candidates who receive one, regardless of their initial CRS score