Saskatchewan’s Nominee Program faces criticism for selective draws from only eight countries 

SNIP Criticism

What is the issue? 

Saskatchewan’s six draws under the SINP program on August 2023 were limited to immigrants from eight countries- Ireland, India, Poland, Czechia, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia and Ukraine. 

The new selection process raised concerns among many Canadians, with many wondering if it sets a bad precedent that could lead to the country reverting to prejudiced immigration practices pre-1960 when it heavily favoured Europeans and culturally similar nationalities while barring Chinese, South Asians and other ethnicities. 

What is the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)? 

The SINP is a Provincial Nominee program for the Saskatchewan province that helps nominate qualified non-Canadians for permanent residency with the IRCC. Candidates successfully nominated by the SINP program will be identified as SINP nominees when they apply for permanent residence with the IRCC. 

The SINP has three programs with their own subcategories, namely: 

The International Skilled Worker 

  • International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer 
  • International Skilled Worker: Tech Talent Pathway 
  • International Skilled Worker: Occupation in-Demand 
  • International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry 
  • Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot 

Saskatchewan Experience 

  • Skilled Worker with Existing Work permit 
  • Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit 
  • Health Professionals 
  • Hospitality Sector project 
  • Long-Haul Truck Driver Project 
  • Students 

Entrepreneur and Farm 

  • Entrepreneur category 
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur category 
  • Farm Owner and Operator category 

What are the requirements to apply under the SINP? 

Generally, an applicant needs at least 60 points in the SINP points grid to be eligible for any SINP program. Each program may have further specific requirements like job offers in Saskatchewan, level of education, etc. 

Factor 1 
Education and Training 
Master’s or Doctorate degree 23 
Bachelor’s degree OR a three-year university or college degree 20 
Janggoulal Sitlhou

Janggoulal Sitlhou

Janggoulal Sitlhou is a content writer with SettleCanada. He is a Political Sciences graduate and a keen follower of international affairs and contemporary history. He has a background in publishing and regularly dabbles in writing and game development projects. Janggoulal currently writes on issues related to Canadian Immigration.