The province of Saskatchewan is seeing strong employment growth

The province of Saskatchewan is seeing strong employment growth
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Posted on Jan 13, 2022 at 08:00 AM EST

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The latest numbers show that job growth has picked up across the country with Saskatchewan doing particularly well among the Canadian provinces.

Saskatchewan has the highest month-on-month job growth among Canadian provinces, according to its December workforce survey.

Saskatchewan created 6,000 jobs in December 2021, marking a 1.1% increase from November 2021.

The professional, scientific and technical services sectors saw the most notable increases and gains were recorded in full-time employment, particularly among men aged 25-54.

The unemployment rate in Saskatchewan was 5.4% and reached pre-pandemic levels in the Saskatoon and Regina metropolitan census areas.

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According to county data, the biggest annual gains were in health care and social assistance, with 8,000 more jobs, in commerce, with another 7,400, and in construction, with another 4,700. The figures also show that during the same period, the private sector added 10,800 jobs, female employment increased by 10,600 jobs, and youth employment increased by 7,700 jobs.

“Even with global economic turmoil in 2021, Saskatchewan has continued to create jobs and has always had among the lowest unemployment rates in Canada. Our province is in an enviable position for economic growth in the 2022″.

“Our success is due to the incredible work ethic and resilience of job innovators in Saskatchewan who, despite unprecedented challenges, have continued to create jobs and opportunities.”

Meanwhile, Canada’s economy added 55,000 jobs in December, while the unemployment rate fell to a 22-month low of 5.9% from 6.0% in November.

After declining due to international travel restrictions, the number of new immigrants to Canada has returned to pre-pandemic levels in recent months, according to the survey. In December, the total number of working-age immigrants (from 25 to 54) increased 0.6%, or more than 5,000, compared to two years earlier.

In 2021, Canada has reached its target of 401,000 new permanent residents, and the current government wants to increase that target to 411,000 for the next year.

Saskatchewan Immigration Programs

There are a number of immigration programs for people who wish to immigrate to Saskatchewan.

Canada’s main immigration pathway, Express Entry, is open to anyone who wants to live in any Canadian province other than Quebec. To immigrate through Express Entry, you must be eligible for one of three highly skilled federal immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, or the Federal Skilled Program. The Express Entry system awards a candidate a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Highest-ranking candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence during the Express Entry draws held regularly.

Saskatchewan also has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), called the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). One of the streams offered under the SINP is linked to the Express Entry system, Saskatchewan Express Entry, which means that nomination from the province awards the candidate an additional 600 CRS points, virtually guaranteeing them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Under the SINP, Saskatchewan also offers the following streams that are not compatible with the Express Entry system that requires candidates who receive a provincial nomination to apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):

In November last year, Saskatchewan also announced a new immigration pilot. The Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot Program will allow Saskatchewan employers to hire international talent for specific in-demand jobs. Jobs eligible under this beta include entry-level positions that may require on-the-job training. The sectors with the highest labor requirements in Saskatchewan include health, manufacturing, agriculture, agricultural technology, construction, hospitality, and retail.

Recently, Saskatchewan also launched a new Expression of Interest for Healthcare Workers (EOI) pool under the SINP, allowing candidates to submit an online form indicating that they are interested in working in a specific healthcare profession in Saskatchewan.

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