How can I use immigration programs to hire foreign workers temporarily, and retain them permanently?
Recruitment questions to consider:
- Is the position permanent or temporary?
- Is the position skilled or unskilled?
- What are the key skills the employee must have?
- Is training or upgrading required?
- What budget is available to secure an employee?
- How quickly do you need the employees to start?
- Where can I find potential employees?
- Local options or International options? There is an obligation to look for local employees first before turning to recruiting international employees.
Temporary Work Permit vs PR programs:
Temporary Work Permits to fill urgent, immediate or temporary labour shortages.
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
- International Mobility Program (IMP)
- Global Skills Strategy (GSS)
Permanent Resident (PR) programs enable immigrants to settle permanently in Canada. Express Entry manages intake of immigration applications for:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
- Start-up Visa is a program for immigrant entrepreneurs
Key factors on what makes Immigrants settle and stay:
- Ability to economically establish
- Economic opportunities
- Knowledge of official language(s)
- Network of family/friends
Resources for Employers:
- Posting Jobs
- The Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant is an employer-driven program that helps businesses and non-profit organizations train new or existing employees for available jobs and provides more opportunities for unemployed and underemployed workers to receive training. Through the program, the employer contributes 1/3 of the training cost, while the federal and provincial governments contribute the remaining 2/3.
- “Hire, Train and Manage Employees” at the bottom of the page
- Employer Services Branch
- Client centered; strategic workforce planning
- Federal Government Options
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program
- Global Talent Stream
What resources are available to help me navigate the immigration system?
Steps to Hire through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):
- Employer: Apply for a Certificate of Registration (Labour Relations and Workplace Safety)
- Employer: Apply for an SINP Job Approval Letter (Employer Services Branch)
- Employer: Search Internationally (if applicable)
- Employer: Prepare the Letter of Job Offer
- Foreign Worker: Applies to the SINP (Immigration Services Branch)
- Employer: Pays the federal IRCC employer compliance fee of $230 prior to the application for work permit (if applicable)
- Foreign Worker: Applies for Work Permit and PR
- Employer: Prepares for worker’s arrival
SINP Processing Times:
- Certificate of Registration
- Issued by Labour relations and Workplace Safety
- Processing time: 3-4 weeks
- Job Approval Letter
- Issued by Employer Services Branch
- Processing time: 4 weeks
- Application for Provincial Letter of Nomination
- Issued by Immigration Services Branch
- Processing time: 2-4 weeks
- Application for Permanent Residency
- Processed by federal Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada
Labour Relations & Workplace Safety (LRWS)
Certificate of Registration
Program Integrity Unit
Immigration and Career Training
Employer Services Branch (ESB)
Immigration Services Branch (SINP)
Phone: 306.798.7467 option 1