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Saskatchewan’s biggest PNP draw same week they celebrates lowest unemployment rate in Canada

In the biggest draw from any PNP so far this year, Saskatchewan issued 541 invitations to International Skilled Workers from the Express Entry or Occupations in Demand streams.

344 Express Entry candidates received invitations and 197 invitations went to Occupations In-Demand candidates. In order to be eligible, candidates were required to have experience in one of 79 occupations.

This huge draw took place within a week of the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, released February 5th 2021, showing Saskatchewan unemployment rate to be the lowest across Canada at 7.2%.

“The comparative performance of the Saskatchewan economy during the COVID-19 pandemic has been remarkable. Once again, Saskatchewan has the strongest jobs performance in the country and is leading in export growth as well. While Saskatchewan has not been immune to the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, our province has demonstrated incredible resiliency as we lead Canada’s economic recovery.

Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan’s’ Immigration and Career Training Minister

February 11 SINP draw results summary

SINP Occupations in Demand sub-category 

  • Invitations: 197
  • Minimum score: 72

SINP Express Entry sub-category

  • Invitations: 344
  • Minimum score: 72

What is the difference in the Occupations in Demand sub-category and Express Entry sub-category?

The eligibility requirements for both programs are almost identical with the only difference being in the type of Provincial Nomination program the subcategory falls into. The Occupations in Demand sub-category is what is referred to as a base provincial nomination program, in that it uses traditional PNP processing outside of the Express Entry system. This means that applicants under the Occupations in Demand sub-category are not required to have an active federal Express Entry profile. In contrast, the Express Entry sub-category is an enhanced provincial nomination program, in that it uses the federal Express Entry pool to source and process applications. As such, applicants under this sub- category are required to have an active federal Express Entry profile.

Occupations targeted in this draw:

Candidates who received invitations in the draw had experience in one of 79 occupations:

0013Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0014Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
0016Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
0121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0131Telecommunication carriers managers
0423Managers in social, community and correctional services
0601Corporate sales managers
0621Retail and wholesale trade managers
0711Construction managers
0712Home building and renovation managers
0714Facility operation and maintenance managers
0731Managers in transportation
0821Managers in agriculture
0911Manufacturing managers
0912Utilities managers
1121Human resources professionals
1122Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
1214Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
1215Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1221Administrative officers
1222Executive assistants
1224Property administrators
1225Purchasing agents and officers
1241Administrative assistants
1242Legal administrative assistants
1243Medical administrative assistants
1252Health information management occupations
1313Insurance underwriters
2121Biologists and related scientists
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2143Mining engineers
2144Geological engineers
2148Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2211Chemical technologists and technicians
2212Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2222Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2252Industrial designers
2253rafting technologists and technicians
2262Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
2263Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
3143Occupational therapists
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3234Paramedical occupations
3237Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
4033Educational counsellors
4152Social workers
4161Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4162Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
4164Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4166Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4167Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4169Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
4212Social and community service workers
4215Instructors of persons with disabilities
4216Other instructors
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
6222Retail and wholesale buyers
6235Financial sales representatives
6316Other services supervisors
6342Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7237Welders and related machine operators
7242Industrial electricians
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7313Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
7322Motor vehicle body repairers
7381Printing press operators
8222Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
9212Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213Supervisors, food and beverage processing
9241Power engineers and power systems operators
Rebecca Major

Rebecca Major is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and Director of Operations at Canadim Law Firm. She has spent the last 11 years of her career helping thousands of people immigrate to Canada.

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