Saskatchewan Demands Federal Government for More Powers Over Immigration -1st February, 2020

Saskatchewan Demands Federal Government for More Powers Over Immigration
Saskatchewan province is putting more pressure on the Canadian government to have more control over matters related to Saskatchewan provincial immigration. What Saskatchewan asks is power comparable to Quebec province, which operates an autonomous immigration system where it levels and manages economic immigration to the Quebec province. As per the Saskatchewan province’s growth plan for the year 2030, an increased level of immigration is necessary for the population to reach 1.4 million and to add more than a lakh of jobs. By having more independence, Saskatchewan province wants to control immigration as per the changing labor market requirements in the province.

Saskatchewan's Provincial Nominee Program

Saskatchewan chooses newcomers to the province by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(S.I.N.P). Every year, the federal government of Canada allocates a specific number of nominations to the Saskatchewan province. Saskatchewan chooses and then nominates the eligible candidates for Canada PR through three principal categories, which are

  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
  • International Skilled Worker Category
  • Business Category

These categories are further classified into different sub-categories aiming at various types of applicants.

For applicants in the Express Entry pool, Saskatchewan provincial nomination grants 600 extra CRS points to their Comprehensive Ranking System score that promises them an Invitation to Apply for Canada PR. The province of Saskatchewan may also nominate applicants who do not have a profile in the Express Entry pool.

In the initial three quarters of 2019, Saskatchewan province received 12,290 current permanent residents. A sum of 9,385 of these applicants was invited by economic class immigration while the outstanding 1,925 applicants were invited through the family class. In the previous year, Saskatchewan admitted a total of 15,510 new permanent residents–12,410 through economic class and 1,985 through the family class immigration.

If the federal government of Canada allows granting more powers to the province of Saskatchewan, its immigration system will be completely diverse from what it is today.

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