What's New

  • March 31, 2014
    An Information Session on the Immigrant Access Fund
    Are you an professional immigrant who wants to be licensed in your chosen field in Canada but cannot afford the licensing fees? IAF can help you.
  • March 31, 2014
    An information Session from Service Canada on Employment Insurance and Canada & Old Age Security
    Save the Date: 15-04-2014 at 2:00pm and again at 6:30pm.
  • February 25, 2014
    Don't forget: On March 15th, the NWC is hosting the first ever, Swift Current Mad Dash. Come in and sign up by March 5th, to guarantee your spot.
  • February 25, 2014
    Information Session on your Rights as a Tenant
    The Law Society of Saskatchewan will be here, at the NWC, on March 5th, to answer any questions, and give a little presentation on one's rights as a tenant. There is no registration fee to attend this presentation.
  • January 29, 2014
    Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Workshop
    If you're in the midst of/or beginning your apprenticeship for any trade, and you have questions, then this is the workshop for you.
  • January 10, 2014
    Labour Standards Information Session
    Ron Byers is a Labour Standards Officer and he will be at the Newcomer Welcome Centre on January 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to answer any questions you may have regarding the laws in Saskatchewan concerning labour standards.

Immigration News: SINP Changes - New Language Requirements

From July 1st, 2012 most people applying for the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) as semi- and low-skilled professionals will need to take languages tests.

These will test for a basic standard in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Kenny, the minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, explained that since the focus of the PNP is on immigration's role in the economy, language skills are an essential part of this.
Although the PNP is geared towards Saskatchewan's job market, often this program has been used by applicants to help reunite their families. This is not the goal of the PNP – rather it focuses on Canada's economic and labour interests.

Each province and territory has a different version of the PNP which needs to adhere to federal immigration policy and laws. In Saskatchewan it is known as Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

These language requirements apply to anyone who is submitting an application under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project and the Long-Haul Truck Driver Categories as these are categories for NOC ‘C’ or ‘D’ positions. It may also affect you if you are applying under the Student Category and have a NOC ‘C’ or ‘D’ job offer. If you fit into any of the above categories you will be required to submit the results of an official language test with their application. These language test scores must meet the minimum requirements in order for you to be eligible.

If you are applying under the SINP Skilled Worker Category, you are not required to submit the results of a formal English Language test but you will still be required to demonstrate your English Language abilities in order to be eligible.

If your first language is not English or French, you must prove your English/French language ability by submitting ONE of the following:

•   Education/training documents that demonstrate you have attended education institutions where the language of instruction was English/French and show the length of the program;
•   Copies of internationally recognized International Language testing results such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
•   Certificates of English/French Language training with a letter that shows the length of the program; or
•   Employment references with English/French as the principal language of communication.

There is a One-Year Language Requirements Exemption for Certain Temporary Foreign Workers. There will be a one-time exemption for Temporary Foreign Workers in NOC C and D occupations who arrived in Canada on or before July 1, 2012, and who are subsequently nominated in employer-driven PNP streams no later than July 1, 2013. This ensures that all individuals who arrived as temporary foreign workers under the previous regime, when no minimum standards existed, will not be disadvantaged.