Location

Saskatchewan is a prairie region of Canada with the neighboring province Alberta to the west, Manitoba to the east, Northwest Territories to the north, and the US states of Montana and North Dakota to the south. The province has a population of over 1.1 million. In Regina, the capital city, the population reaches 240,000 and in Saskatoon, 300,000. Over history, Saskatchewan attracted immigrants due to its vast fertile lands. Today it boasts a fast-growing modern economy and has a lot to offer for newcomers to build their lives in Saskatchewan.

Economy and Employment

The province currently exports one-third of the world’s potash and a fifth of the world’s uranium. Saskatchewan provides over a third of the world’s total exported durum wheat and is the world’s leading exporter of lentils and dry peas. Apart from being a world leader in agriculture, Saskatchewan is the fifth-largest oil producer in North America. Saskatchewan factories are producing a variety of goods exported to markets across Canada and around the world.

Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 5.8% in February 2019 and currently, it is the fifth lowest rate in the country, making it a good province for finding employment. The minimum hourly pay is $11.06 (As of October 2018).

Housing costs are more affordable in Saskatchewan than in most major cities in Canada, and many people can buy a house in the province. Unlike other Canadian provinces, there are no personal charges for standard and needed health services. The provincial sales tax of 6 percent is the lowest compared to other provinces that charge a sales tax. Residents spend less money and less time to get to work because the average commute time in major cities is about 20 minutes.

Education

In Canada, all citizens and permanent residents under the age of 20 are entitled to attend free public secondary school, and children can attend kindergarten. The provincial education system allows for education in French and in First Nations or Metis languages.

The province of Saskatchewan has a number of different options for students to continue their education and training. The University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina are major post-secondary institutions in the province.

Graduates of approved post-secondary programs are eligible up to $20,000 tuition tax credit on their income tax.

The province is also home to the unique First Nations University of Canada. Skilled trade can be acquired through apprenticeship programs. There are also nine regional technical colleges and 50 private vocational schools.

Culture
 

Saskatchewan unites people of many faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs. Immigrants that arrive in the province can retain their traditions and take part in new ones.

 

The cities offer many cultural events, such as winter festivals, symphony concerts, and historical celebrations. There are many opportunities for canoeing, boating, swimming, and ice-fishing. In winter you can ski and snowboard. Picnic and camping lovers will appreciate beautiful provincial parks with play areas for children.

 

Main Cities

Regina

Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and its second-largest city. The population of the city is approximately 240,000. Regina’s rich natural resources that surround the city contribute to the local economy. The Regina Research Park, supported by the University of Regina, is a place where innovation booms.

Regina was named after Queen Victoria Regina of England in 1882. The settlement had been named Pile-Of-Bones and it was not yet a province at that time. However, being a part of the North-West Territories, Regina was the territorial headquarter. Regina had become the capital of Saskatchewan in 1906 and soon after that, Saskatchewan became a province.

Saskatoon

Saskatoon is home to 300,000 people. The city, often known as “the Paris of the Prairies”, is divided by the South Saskatchewan River, providing a beautiful view of the sky horizon.

Saskatoon used to have an agricultural and mining economy, but today its economy focuses on technology and financial services. The city gained a fame as a world leader in agricultural biotechnology, an industry that draws large investors from the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. The University of Saskatchewan is also here.

The vibrant cultural life of Saskatoon offers many popular festivals, especially in the summer. Visitors love attending jazz festivals, Saskatoon International Fringe Festival and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival. And these just a glimpse of the many events conducted in Saskatoon.

 
Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP)

Foreigners willing to immigrate to Saskatchewan must apply through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. The provincial government selects individuals who wish to establish themselves in the province and contribute to the local economy. Saskatchewan’s program identifies skilled workers, farmers, entrepreneurs, international students and individuals from certain professions in demand, and helps them to settle in Saskatchewan.

There are four SINP categories you can apply to:

The Express Entry Skilled Worker Category - those planning to reside permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. Applicants must open a profile in the federal Express Entry system, have a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador and intend to reside permanently in this province.
Saskatchewan Experience Category - foreign nationals who are currently living and working in Saskatchewan;
Entrepreneur Category - entrepreneurs who intend to open a business in Saskatchewan;
Farm Category – for experienced farmers who seek to purchase and operate a farm in Saskatchewan.