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Posted on October 31 2022

Urging for immigration autonomy as vacant jobs in Saskatchewan increases

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Highlights: Saskatchewan asking for more control over provincial immigration

  • Saskatchewan wants the Canadian government to give more autonomy to the province in immigration.
  • There are many jobs in Saskatchewan vacant and waiting to be filled.
  • Saskatchewan’s premier Scott Moe stated that the province isn’t short of jobs but needs more workers.
  • The province aims to make Saskatchewan PNP a source of immigrants who could raise the province’s population to 1.4 million by 2030.
  • There’s a plan to create 100,000 more jobs in Saskatchewan by 2030.
  • Eliminating delays in visa processing is a major aim of asking for autonomy for Saskatchewan immigration.
Saskatchewan is mulling the benefits of getting more autonomy in deciding its immigration process. There are numerous jobs in Saskatchewan that are waiting to be filled. Overcoming the process delays in immigration is crucial for the province. Also, the province’s administration thinks that an immigration accord with Canada’s federal government will benefit Saskatchewan a lot. The Canadian government has one with Quebec already. Recently, Saskatchewan’s premier Scott Moe stated that his province is not short of job opportunities, but people to work in them. The province’s immigration targets could be increased to 13,000 annually with an immigration accord with the federal government of Canada. Such an accord will allow the province to make its own priorities and requirements as concerned with immigration. The aim will be to find suitable candidates to immigrate to the province to fill the job vacancies open there.
It’s a question of meeting Saskatchewan’s economic needs and finding solutions to the gaps existing in the labor market of the province. Measures have to be in place that ensures Saskatchewan makes the optimal selection of immigration candidates and ensuring their effective settlement in the province.
  Also read: Survey says 80% of employers fill job vacancies in Canada with immigrants

What does Saskatchewan expect from the Canadian government?

Saskatchewan’s premier Scott Moe will urge the federal government of Canada to create a new Saskatchewan immigration accord. This will be similar to what the federal government already has drawn with Quebec.
The proposal for a Saskatchewan immigration accord aims at giving Saskatchewan sole authority with regard to issuing nominations to immigration candidates ready to move to the province. The accord will also allow Saskatchewan to exercise control over the family class of immigration, as well as the transfer of federal resources to provide services to settle in Saskatchewan.
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The goals of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has plans to increase the population of the province to 1.4 million with the help of immigration to the province. Another target of the province is to create 100,000 more jobs by 2030. Also read: Canada immigration could fill over 50% of Canadian population in 2041 To achieve these targets, Saskatchewan needs not to be restricted by caps imposed by the federal government. The cap is on the number of immigrants that can immigrate to the province. Saskatchewan’s government thinks that the province is in a better position to ascertain the number of skilled immigrants the province needs. The province thus can do better to solve the issues in its labor market. Also read: Over 1 million job vacancies in Canada in September 2022, says LFS Canada Saskatchewan is confident that it will meet and exceed the current immigration cap imposed on it, which is 6,000 immigrants under the SINP in 2022. If the federal cap isn’t raised, employers in Saskatchewan could face delays in recruiting a sufficient number of workers. Saskatchewan wants to avoid that. That's why the province’s government has sought the support and help of the business community to urge the federal government to let the proposal of Saskatchewan be approved. If you are willing to migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE. If you find this blog engaging, you may also like: Express Entry at a bright spot with a two-year lowest CRS score requirement


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