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)
  • Education
  • Network of family/friends

Resources for Employers:

  1. Posting Jobs
  1. 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.
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  1. Employer Services Branch
  • Client centered; strategic workforce planning
  1. 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):

  1. Employer: Apply for a Certificate of Registration (Labour Relations and Workplace Safety)
  2. Employer: Apply for an SINP Job Approval Letter (Employer Services Branch)
  3. Employer: Search Internationally (if applicable)
  4. Employer: Prepare the Letter of Job Offer
  5. Foreign Worker: Applies to the SINP (Immigration Services Branch)
  6. Employer: Pays the federal IRCC employer compliance fee of $230 prior to the application for work permit (if applicable)
  7. Foreign Worker: Applies for Work Permit and PR
  8. Employer: Prepares for worker’s arrival

SINP Processing Times:

  1. Certificate of Registration
    • Issued by Labour relations and Workplace Safety
    • Processing time: 3-4 weeks
  2. Job Approval Letter
  • Issued by Employer Services Branch
  • Processing time: 4 weeks
  1. Application for Provincial Letter of Nomination
  • Issued by Immigration Services Branch
  • Processing time: 2-4 weeks
  1. Application for Permanent Residency
  • Processed by federal Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada

Contact Information

Labour Relations & Workplace Safety (LRWS) 

Certificate of Registration
Phone: 306.798.1350

Program Integrity Unit
Phone: 306.798.1350

Immigration and Career Training

Employer Services Branch (ESB)
Phone: 306.787.7428

Immigration Services Branch (SINP)
Phone: 306.798.7467 option 1

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