Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Immigration to Saskatchewan, Canada is delivered in part through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Saskatchewan immigration authorities have developed SINP categories for a broad range of potential applicants. For people thinking of immigrating to Saskatchewan — particularly those who may not succeed in immigrating to Canada through a federal program, such as those managed under the Express Entry system — the SINP may be the perfect Canadian immigration option. Through a variety of categories and sub-categories, the SINP targets specific individuals and their families who have the potential to live and work successfully in Saskatchewan. If you are a skilled worker abroad, an international graduate or temporary foreign worker in Saskatchewan, or an entrepreneur with big plans for your future business in Saskatchewan, the SINP could be your route to Canadian permanent resident status.

Saskatchewan Nominee Program

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Saskatchewan is one of the Prairie provinces of Western Canada. Its economy is primarily based on agriculture and important natural resources industries like forestry and fishing. It boasts two major cities, Saskatoon and Regina, as well as vast expanses of pristine wilderness. The beautiful city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in the summertime.The SINP is Saskatchewan’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Saskatchewan provincial nomination certificate, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The SINP accepts applications under the following categories:

This category accepts applications from skilled workers who plan to live and work in the Province of Saskatchewan. Applicants are measured based on a points system and can be nominated under one of three sub-categories.

International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry

This sub-category enables the province to nominate individuals who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool and have skilled work experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan. On July 16, 2018, the SINP moved to an Expression of Interest System for its Express Entry sub-category.

This category is for foreign workers that are currently living in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Experience Category accepts applications under the following sub-categories:

Existing Work Permit

This sub-category is for individuals who have been working in Saskatchewan for at least six months under a valid work permit.

Health Professionals

This sub-category is for individuals who have worked as a physician, a nurse, or in another health profession in Saskatchewan for at least six months.

Hospitality Sector Project

This sub-category is for individuals that are currently working in Saskatchewan as food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, or housekeeping and cleaning staff for at least six months. The employer must receive approval from the Province of Saskatchewan before the applicant begins work in Canada.

Long Haul Truck Driver Project

This sub-category is for individuals who are currently working for an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan. Drivers must be working in Saskatchewan for their current employer for a minimum of six months before applying.


This sub-category is for students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada. Among the requirements, the student must have worked in Saskatchewan for at least twenty-four months before applying, or for six months if the institution is in Saskatchewan.

This category is for individuals who wish to own and actively operate a business or farming operation in Saskatchewan.
This category is for international students graduating from eligible post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan and who are planning to start a business in the province. Approved candidates will have to operate and manage a business in Saskatchewan for at least a year to be eligible for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

What is Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP)

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) offers you a way to immigrate to Canada.  Through the SINP, Saskatchewan:

  • invites residency applications from non-Canadians who want to make Saskatchewan their home; and
  • nominates successful applicants to the federal government, so they can gain permanent residency in Canada.

The SINP is only one of the steps toward becoming a permanent resident in Saskatchewan. All applicants must also apply for residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Canadian Immigration Commission.

Benefits of SINP

  • Competitive application processing time
  • Assistance from provincial immigration officers who are available to explain program requirements and processes

How to Apply

There is a choice of three SINP categories you can apply to. You will also have to complete the federal application forms at the same time.

  • International Skilled Worker Category is for skilled workers abroad who want to work and live in Saskatchewan.
  • Entrepreneur Category is for entrepreneurs who plan to start a business in Saskatchewan.
  • Farm Category is for experienced farmers who plan to buy and operate a farm in Saskatchewan.

General Guidelines for Completing the Forms

You must list all dependents on your application to the SINP even if they’re not coming to Canada with you. The dependents to list include:

  • Spouse
  • Common-law partner – A person of the opposite or same sex that you’ve lived within a relationship like a marriage, for at least one full year; and,
  • Dependent children – Daughters and sons (including step-children, children adopted before the age of 22, and children who are not in your custody) who:
    • are under the age of 22 and do not have a spouse or common-law partner; and/or
    • are 22 years old or older and have depended on your financial support since before the age of 22; and
    • they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition.
  • Parents and siblings of the principal applicant cannot be included in the SINP application.

If you don’t include dependent family members in your application, they can’t be nominated for permanent residency later. If you have dependents that won’t be coming with you to Canada, you must provide a detailed reason and supporting documentation stating why they won’t be coming with you. The SINP may disqualify your application if your dependents are not coming with you and the supporting documentation is not enough (e.g. financial reasons, unresolved custody issues, etc).

The Entrepreneur Category Process

Through the SINP Entrepreneur Program, you and your family can start, obtain or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in managing it, while residing in Saskatchewan.

There are three steps to the nomination process:

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI) submission to the SINP
  2. EOI Selection and Invitation to Submit an Application
  • Candidates’ EOIs are selected based on their points score with those with the highest points selected during each draw.  The number selected is dependent on program requirements (e.g. application inventory).
  • After candidates are invited to apply, applications are processed in the order that they are received.
  1. Nomination

The Expression of Interest (EOI)

The EOI is not an application; it is an expression of your interest in the SINP. Prospective immigrants will indicate their interest in operating a business and living in Saskatchewan by providing required information about their entrepreneurial experience, assets, and Business Establishment Plan (BEP), among other factors.

  1. Candidates who meet the minimum entry criteria will be accepted into the EOI candidate pool.
  2. Once submitted, EOIs are scored and ranked using the Points Grid(refer Appendix I).
  3. Selection is made on the basis of EOI Points Assessments ranking and SINP nominations target.

Minimum criteria for submitting SINP

  1. Have $500,000 (CAD) at minimum in Net Business and Personal Assets;
  2. Have a minimum of three years of relevant business management or entrepreneurial experience gained in the past ten years;
  3. Intend to invest a minimum of $300,000 (CAD) in Regina and Saskatoon or a minimum of $200,000 (CAD) in all other Saskatchewan communities.`
  4. Complete the Points Assessment Grid

Once invited, Business Establishment Plan(BEP) has to be submitted which should include:

  • Your plan to establish a business that aligns with the points assigned in the Entrepreneur Category Points Grid, if applicable (for investment amount and sector);
  • Your ownership of at least one third (33 1/3%) of the equity of a business in Saskatchewan, unless your total investment is $1 million CAD or higher;
  • Your commitment to provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business; and
  • The creation of two employment opportunities in Saskatchewan for Canadians or permanent residents who are not related to you.

EOI Has Been Selected

Once EOI has been selected you will:

  • Receive an Invitation to Submit an Application (ISA) letter.
  • Have 20 calendar days from the date of the ISA letter in which to:

o   Pay a $2,500.00 CAD non-refundable processing fee; and,

    • Select and identify a recognized third party financial review service provider on your online application. Fee for this is $3600 CAD.
  • Have 90 calendar days from the date of the ISA letter in which to:
    • Submit your complete electronic application, including all required supporting documents;
    • Submit your Business Establishment Plan (BEP).
  • Have 180 calendar days from the date of the ISA letter in which to:
  • Submit your Third Party Verification Report.
      • You’re responsible for submitting the required documents to the Third Party Verification provider (see the Third Party Entrepreneur Category Document Checklist).
      • The Third Party Verification provider may request further documents or information and may call you for an interview if necessary.
  • Need to upload supporting documents to your electronic application (refer Appendix II)
  • After you’ve applied to the SINP and your nomination has been approved and sent to IRCC’s Centralized Intake Office, they can provide a letter of support for a Temporary Work Permit(TWP). This will allow you and your accompanying family members to move to Saskatchewan. If the permit is approved by IRCC, you’ll be able to start working or preparing your business operations while your permanent resident visa is being processed.

Note: If the SINP determines that your score on the Points Assessment Grid differs from the points you have claimed and that this was due to intentional misrepresentation, or that you or any person associated with your application omitted relevant information or provided misleading information:

  • Your application will be rejected; and,
  • You will not be permitted to submit an EOI or application to the SINP for a period of two years.

Appendix I (SINP Points Grid)

Factor Description Points Score Documentation Required
  • 20 or less
  • 21-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-54
  • 55+
  • 0
  • 10
  • 15
  • 10
  • 0
Out of 15
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • National Identity Card
Exploratory Visit Has conducted an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for at least five  working days with evidence of contact with relevant business contact 15 Out of 15. (Must have a minimum of 15 points for business succession, farming, purchase of an existing business and rural business opportunity.)
  • Passport/Visa
  • Exploratory Visit Report
Official Language Ability
  • No language test
  • CLB Level 4
  • CLB 5
  • CLB 6+
  • 0
  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
Out of 15 IELTS A language test is not mandatory; however points for language will not be awarded without submission of eligible language test results.
Qualifications / Education
  • Has a trade or occupational certification that required at least one (1) year full time post secondary training or apprenticeship equivalent
  • Has completed a Bachelor Degree or PostGraduate Degree/Designation in a Business, Agriculture, or Science/Technology field
  • 10
  • 15
Out of 15
  • Certificate of apprenticeship including program details, dates and times
  • Education certificates, degrees or diplomas with official transcripts
Net Business and Personal Assets
  • $500,000 – $549,999 CAD
  • $550,000 – $749,999 CAD
  • $750,000 – $999,999 CAD
  • $1,000,000+ CAD
  • 0
  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
Out of 15 Third Party financial verification report
Business Experience
Entrepreneurial  or Farming Experience
  • 4 to 7 years entrepreneurial/farm experience
  • 8 or more years entrepreneurial/farm experience
  • 4 to 7 years entrepreneurial/farm experience with 50%+ ownership in business
  • 8 or more years entrepreneurial/farm experience with 50%+ ownership in business
  • 10
  • 15
  • 15
  • 20
Out of 20
  • Resume
  • Organizational Charts
  • Business Registration/License
  • Tax registration
  • Third Party financial verification
Business Revenue
  • $50,000 – $99,999 CAD
  • $100,000 – $249,999 CAD
  • $250,000 – $499,999 CAD
  • $500,000 CAD+
  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
  • 20
Out of 20 Third Party financial verification
Innovation Previous verifiable experience in:
  • Export Trade
  • Registered patents
  • Gazelle business
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Out of 10
  • Third Party financial verification report
  • Proof of Patent
  • Organizational charts
Business Establishment Plan
Investment Amount Total equity investment to establish or to purchase and expand an eligible business in SK:
  • $200,000 – $349,999 CAD
  • $350,000 – $499,999 CAD
  • $500,000 – $749,999 CAD
  • $750,000  – $999,999CAD
  • $1,000,000+ CAD
  • 0
  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
  • 20
Out of 20
  • Business Establishment Plan
  • Conditional Purchase/Sales Agreement
  • Invoices
  • License and/or Registration
  • Third Party financial verification report
Investment in Key Economic Sectors
  • Proposed Business Activity
  • Science and technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Export
  • Rural business succession
  • Rural business development
  • 15
  • 15
  • 15
  • 15
  • 15
Osut 15
  • Business Establishment Plan Conditional Purchase/Sales Agreement
  • Exploratory visit report
  • Resume
  • Education credentials
May claim a maximum of 15 points for this factor


  • Required for Applications from India For each Real Property owned, a property evaluation “Jamabandi” summarizing the land size, its ownership, type, and value supported by a certificate from the local Revenue Officer (Tehsildar) certifying the value of the land.
  • Personal Income Tax Return as submitted to the Indian Income Tax Department, for the most recent 3 year period.
  • Fixed Deposits and other long-term deposits must include any Post Office Savings, Kisan Vikas Patras (KVPs) issued by the Indian Government, and National Savings Certificates (NSCs).
  • Required for Applicants who are Shareholders or Business Owners Business Income Tax Return (including TAN #) as submitted to the Indian Income Tax Department, for the most recent 3 year period
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