Saskatchewan makes it easier for Canadians, skilled immigrants to relocate
As the war for talent continues, Saskatchewan is making it easier for Canadians and skilled immigrants to relocate to the province.
The government has introduced The Labour Mobility and Fair Registration Practices Act.
Once passed, it is designed to reduce barriers to working in the province to ensure skilled workers can have their skills and credentials recognized, while assisting employers in filling jobs across a number of key sectors, such as healthcare, construction and IT.
“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,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “This new legislation will be the most comprehensive of its kind and make Saskatchewan a destination of choice for skilled professionals and tradespeople.”
New office established
The new Labour Mobility and Fair Registration Practices Office will be established within the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training to administer the Act and assist regulatory bodies in meeting their obligations.
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.
Population target: 1.4 million
This act supports Saskatchewan’s goals of growing the provincial population to 1.4 million and adding 100,000 jobs by 2030, the province said. It will also support growth plan actions to address credential recognition issues for new Canadians, increase interprovincial credential recognition and ensure employers have better access to a qualified labour force.
Saskatchewan said it is one of the only provinces in the country without legislation requiring regulatory bodies to comply with domestic trade agreements, or to support fair registration practices for internationally trained workers.
With about 120 regulated occupations and 60 regulatory bodies in the province, the act will apply to all of Saskatchewan’s regulated occupations and industry members such as the Saskatchewan Construction Association and the North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA) support the move.
“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,” Saskatchewan Construction Association Chief Executive Officer Mark Cooper said.
“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.”
Transparent registration practices
This act recognizes the independence of professional regulatory bodies in setting the standards of practice for their occupations that ensure public protection, the province said. However, it will ensure that regulatory bodies have registration practices that are transparent, objective, timely, impartial and procedurally fair.
It will ensure that Canadian-licensed and qualified internationally-trained workers can become licensed to work in Saskatchewan without unnecessary requirements, such as additional training, experience or assessments.
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