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Saskatchewan Increased the Immigration Program fees for Key Skilled Worker Streams

Posted - 20, Mar 2017

Saskatchewan- the key province of Canada has increased the immigration program fees for its key skilled worker streams, i.e. Occupation in demand and Express Entry Program. Both these streams are the part of popular Provincial Nominee Program of Saskatchewan Province, i.e. Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Every year hundreds of applicants apply in the SINP to acquire the provincial nominee certificate from Saskatchewan, which is considered as the ticket to permanent residency in Canada.

Immigration Program Fees Increased by Saskatchewan

The applicants applying in the key SINP streams, i.e. International Skilled Workers (ISW) - Occupation in demand sub-category and Express Entry subcategory will now be paying the fee of $300 (non-refundable).

The change in the fee will be applicable from April 1, 2017.

As per the government the fee change will impact close to 1300 applications under the Occupation in Demand (OID) sub-category and about 2,400 applications under the Express Entry Sub-category.

Provincial Government also announced Fee Increase in other sectors

Government has also announced the government fee increase in other key sectors and it plans to collect about $10.7 million through the fee increases in the financial year 2017-18. The number also includes the generation of $8.7 million in general revenue.

The fee increase will also add about $886,500 to the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund in the forthcoming financial year starting April 1, 2017.Moreover, about 30 organizations found owing money in an audit assessment for the year 2016. Hence, the government is expecting to collect about $4.5 million from the defaulter companies as 10 percent penalty via audit assessment. The organizations in oil and gas industry will be the companies paying the penalty for owing money.

Also Read- When should you consider applying in a Provincial Nominee Program as an Express Entry Applicant?

Along with Immigration application fee, the Hunting and trapping License fees will be a key contributor to the government’s revenue. Both these fee increases are expected to add $1.1 million and $3.2 - $2.1 million respectively in the revenue of the government.

Increased Hunting and Trapping Fee

In Saskatchewan, about 200,000 licensed hunters and trappers are there. The revised Hunting and trapping fees in Saskatchewan will be as follows:

  • Residents in the province shall pay $10 extra for licensing fees.
  • Increase of $5 in Wildlife Habitat Certificate prices
  • For the residents in Saskatchewan province, a new fee of $50 for a wolf-hunting licence will be applicable
  • Including GST the fees in general will be rounded to the closest $5
  • Non-resident as well as Canadian hunting fees are rising
Apart from the above the Resident angling licence fees are also rising as per below structure:
  • One-day licenses will now be $3 more,
  • three-day licenses $4 more,
  • Annual licenses $8 more.

New angling fees are expected to add about $850,000 to government’s revenue.

To remain updated about latest immigration news and updates, visit the News and Blog Section on Visas Avenue website on a regular basis. For any query and assistance with regards to immigration to Saskatchewan, you may get in touch with certified Canada immigration expert by sending an email at [email protected].

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