Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan being allowed 450 more immigrants annually

Saskatchewan will be allowed to welcome 450 more immigrants every year under the provincial nominee program, according to a new deal with Ottawa.

Saskatchewan will be allowed to welcome 450 more immigrants each year under the provincial nominee program, according to a new deal with Ottawa.

The province had been asking the federal government to increase the number of immigrants it can bring in each year from 4,000 to 6,000.

It did not get that, but the federal government has increased Saskatchewan's cap to 4,450 immigrants a year, the province said Tuesday.

With family members added, the 450 additional immigrants should translate into 1,200 more newcomers a year.

The province says it wants to attract skilled workers to in-demand jobs that are hard to fill.