Daniel Hirschkorn Saskatoon Immigration & Employment Consulting Inc. (SIECSI)
Recent changes to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program have resulted in an increase in submissions. One has no choice but to connect the recent changes to the program whereby virtually all occupations are in ‘demand’ to the current volume of 49,000 pending applications. We can expect they will close this program soon, as current level of submitted profiles will take years to process, with more coming in daily.
The federal election resulted in a minority government, but as mentioned last article, immigration is broadly supported across all parties so don’t expect any significant changes. We do have a new Minister of Immigration which may result in some policy changes that reflect his views on the current system, but otherwise any changes are expected to be either nominal or a result of previous projects and priorities.
Unfortunately the province has yet to act on SHHA recommendations when it comes to hiring challenges in this industry. Kindersley is still grouped in with Saskatoon for determinations on eligibility for the foreign worker program at the federal level, and the government needs to take that torch to Ottawa. And, the industry need for servers and cleaners has similarly been ignored as they have determined we need social workers and tailors first.
Saskatchewan job numbers are up and unemployment numbers are down, which is a great sign for 2020; let’s hope the province maintains a strong immigration program throughout the next year.
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From left: Philip Mondor, President of Tourism HR Canada; Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Tao Huynh, The Westin Ottawa; Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and, Susie Grynol, President, Hotel Association of Canada
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