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Saskatchewans Immigration Approach

Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration

1Provincial Context & ApproachProvincial ContextDemographic ChallengesAgeing populationDeclining birth ratesIncreasing retirement

Labour Market ChallengesLowest unemployment rate in Canada Record participation, job postings and earningsEconomy will produce ~80,000 employment opportunities over next 5 yrs.

Increasing Competition100% of Canadas net labour growth from immigration as of 2011/12100% of Canadas net population growth from immigration as of 2030

Provincial ApproachProvincial Labour Force ApproachEducate and Train YouthAttract those from Across CanadaExpand Immigration

Provincial Immigration Strategy (2009)Aims to address ~ 1/3 of the provincial labour shortage, through:Balanced Immigration LevelsIncreased Entrepreneur ImmigrationBuilding Partnerships & Enhancing CooperationEffective Settlement & Retention ServicesIncreased Opportunities for International EducationEnhanced Program Integrity

Federal & Provincial ImmigrationTemporary Status

Visiting CanadaTemporary Resident Visa

Studying in Canada*Temporary Resident VisaStudy Permit

Working Temporarily in Canada*Temporary Resident VisaWork Permit (may require LMO)

* TRs may be eligible to apply for PR status from within Canada.

Permanent Status

Immigrating to CanadaPermanent Resident VisaImmigration Categories:Economic (PNPs, FSWP, CEC, Live-in Caregivers, Investors, Entrepreneurs)FamilyRefugees / Humanitarian Canadian CitizenshipCitizenship Certificate

Federal ImmigrationSaskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Federal-provincial agreement

Provincially-administered, made-in-Saskatchewan immigration program

Eligibility reflects Saskatchewans economic & labour market needs

SINP nominations and work permits are fast-tracked through Federal immigration systemProvincial Immigration 7Labour Market Categories: Employer-driven; nominees have the skills, experience and education to economically establish in the ProvinceSkilled Workers (NOC A, B or 0)Health Professionals (healthcare professionals w/ SK experience) Family Members (post-secondary w/ related work experience)Students (education and in-province work experience)Pilot projects developed with provincial associations and employers to respond to specific labour market shortages Truck DriversHospitalityBusiness CategoriesNominees have the net worth and expertise to establish businesses or farming operations in the Province

Provincial Immigration 8Saskatchewan Immigration TrendsImmigration Trends - Landings

Low levels of immigration over last several decades (~1,750 annually) through federal classes

SINP has increased landings significantly over the past decade

Immigration Trends Country of BirthSINP Nominees by Country of Birth (Top 10)(2006 2010)Country% of Nominees Philippines36.5% China10.5% Pakistan7% Ukraine7% India5% United Kingdom3% Bangladesh3% Vietnam3% Korea2% Russia2%11OccupationsSINP Nominees by Occupation (2010) Occupation Category% of Nominees Sales and Service 40% Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators 18% Health 10% Business, Finance and Administration 9% Natural and Applied Sciences 6%Social Science, Education, Government Service and Religion5%Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities5%Management4%Primary Industry2%Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport1%Immigration Trends - OccupationImmigration Trends - DestinationSINP Nominees by Intended Destination (Top 10)(2006-2010) Destination% of NomineesSaskatoon38%Regina31.5%North Battleford3%Lloydminster3%Prince Albert2%Swift Current2%Estevan2%Yorkton2%Humboldt1%Moose Jaw1%13Service Hubs

Settlement and RetentionSettlement and RetentionOver 2000 - 2008, SKs retention rate for Provincial Nominees was 86% - these nominees continued to reside in SK.

Retention factors determined recent federal program evaluation for Provincial Nominees include:Extent of economic establishmentKnowledge of official language(s)EducationPerceived opportunity Network of family / friends

Challenges to Immigrant IntegrationRecognition of international credentials and work experience.

Limited English

Social supports Direct (social relations) Indirect (facilitating access to services)

Cultural differences and prejudice/racismSettlement and RetentionApproach to Service DeliveryEmphasis on strengths

Emphasis on timely access to relevant information and services:Information, orientation and planning as early as possible in the immigration processExpedited connections to relevant services based on needs identificationFlexible and accessible services

Settlement and RetentionService Delivery ModelInformation, Orientation and Referrals Settlement and Integration ProgramsLanguage Training ProgramsInternational Qualifications Recognition Immigration Websitewww.saskimmigrationcanada.caASK About Saskatchewan Welcoming Communities Regional Newcomer Gateways Settlement Advisors Community Connections Language Assessment Services Stage 1 EnglishELTEnglish for EmploymentAt Work English Bridge to Licensing English for LicensingSettlement and RetentionThank you

Tim HelfrichA/Director, Community Partnerships and


Total LandingsProvincial NomineesFederalSaskatchewan Permanent Resident Landings 2000 - 2010

Sheet120002001200220032004200520062007200820092010Total Landings1,8821,7041,6671,6681,9432,1192,7243,5164,8356,8907,615Provincial Nominees3741731733234689601,8373,0375,0315,354Federal1,8451,6631,5941,4951,6201,6511,7641,6791,7981,8592,261Category 41985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819991904185921182201214323802451252723942259194718151734156417290000000000000018190418592118220121432380245125272394225919471815173415641711