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Saskatchewan To Bring In More Immigrants To Grow Population To 1.4 Million

Saskatchewan is hoping to grown its population to 1.4 million within only eight years with a new bit of legislation will allow it to become the main choice of destination for immigrants that want to come to Canada.

The province’s population now stands at just over 1.18 million and so this means that Saskatchewan is hoping to grow its population by another 220,000 people by 2030.

Earlier this month, the province introduced its Labour Mobility and Fair Registration Practices Act to help it hit that demographic goal and also create 100,000 jobs over the next eight years.

Provincial Immigration Minister Jeremy Harrison said that “to meet the demands of Saskatchewan’s growing economy, it is important that we develop our current labour force as well as recruit domestically and internationally to bring more skilled workers to the province.”

He further added that “this new legislation will be the most comprehensive of its kind and make Saskatchewan a destination of choice for skilled professionals and tradespeople.”

Saskatchewan will improve credential recognition for foreign-trained worker with this Act and also help employers in key sectors like healthcare, information technology and construction fill jobs positions.

A Labour Mobility and Fair Registration Practices Office is being created to administer the act and assist regulatory bodies in meeting their obligations.

In a statement by the province, it stated that “this will include working with the regulatory bodies to examine timeframes for registration decisions, registration application requirements, qualification assessment processes and internationally-trained recognition pathways.”

Some other provinces in Canada already have legislation requiring regulatory bodies to comply with domestic trade agreements and support fair registration practices for internationally trained workers. Industry associations are applauding the new legislation.

What the Business Groups Enthusiastic are saying about bringing in skilled workers

Mark Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan Construction Association said that “as we enter the busiest time of the year for the construction sector in Saskatchewan, it is more important than ever that our members have access to a wide pool of skilled tradespeople.”

“The introduction of this new Act will ensure that we maintain our safety standards and can quickly grow our workforce of skilled workers in a timely and efficient manner.”

The Executive director of North Saskatoon Business Association, Keith Moen agreed and added that “with the demand for Saskatchewan’s food, fuel and fertilizer increasing and expected to increase even more in the coming years, it is absolutely critical that Saskatchewan is able to meet the labour needs of the future.”

“The Labour Mobility and Fair Registration Practices Act will ensure that Saskatchewan is well-positioned to attract and retain the necessary talent that will help propel our province forward not only in the near future, but in the long-term as well.”

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