Community Recommendation Criteria

Developed by the Selection Committee, the Community Recommendation Criteria are designed to identify candidates who best fit the community’s needs and prioritize those who intend to reside in the community. Please refer back to this page frequently as our Community Criteria prioritization factors are subject to change.

To be deemed eligible for recommendation by the Chamber, a candidate must:

  1. Meet the federal eligibility criteria related to language proficiency, education, work experience, and job offer, as specified in the Ministerial Instructions, to demonstrate that they have the skill set required in the community and the intention to reside in the community.
  2. Have a genuine job offer from an eligible employer as established by the Chamber (see section B.1 of this Annex).
  3. Have past work experience that is commensurate with duties and responsibilities required to effectively work in the job specified within their job offer.

The employers, and the jobs they post, must meet the federal eligibility criteria as described in the Ministerial Instructions, as well as the eligibility criteria listed below.

Employers may be designated by the Program Coordinator as approved participants in advance of hiring a foreign national, or they may choose to become designated when they identify a foreign national that they wish to hire. To be designated to make offers of employment under the Pilot in Moose Jaw, the employer must:

  1. Be located within the community of Moose Jaw, as defined by the Ministerial Instructions.
  2. Be a recognized business that has operated in Moose Jaw, as defined in the Ministerial Instructions, for a minimum of 2 years, OR be a new company that has recently moved to Moose Jaw and set up operations but has existed as a company elsewhere in Canada for a minimum of 3 years.
  3. Attest to their efforts made to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident prior to providing an eligible job offer. Note: If a qualified Canadian or a permanent resident is found to fill the position, the Moose Jaw RNIP is not required.
  4. Advertise the same job posting on www.jobbank.gc.ca, www.saskjobs.ca, and/or another public job board for a period of 3 weeks, or other comparable efforts that demonstrate the labour market need (i.e. employers that make a compelling case that they have genuine labour market needs may be exempt from this requirement).
  5. Offer full-time, permanent employment.
  6. Offer a wage which is above or within the range of wages for that particular occupation in the Job Bank for similar jobs in the region.
  7. Agree to use IRCC’s Offer of Employment form (IMM 5894) when offering a job.
  8. Not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and/or Provincial Employment Standards.
  9. Not be listed on the IRCC website of ineligible companies to participate in immigration programs, nor have been found to have been in material violation of any bylaw of the City of Moose Jaw or any statute or regulation of Province of Saskatchewan or the Government of Canada.
  10. Complete the mandatory employer training as stipulated by the Community.
  11. Attest that they did not receive any form of payment in exchange for the job offer.
  12. Support the settlement and integration of the newcomer by referring their new employee to an appropriate settlement agency within four weeks of the employee’s start date.
  13. Assign a culturally sensitive on-the-job mentor (not supervisor) to help the newcomer understand company principles, norms, rules and culture, help with day-to-day questions, and provide regular, detailed feedback to the newcomer on their progress in adapting to their new work environment.
  14. Commit to at least two other action items to demonstrate a commitment to a culturally safe workplace and integration support for newcomers.

Community Criteria will assess your eligibility for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. Please refer to IRCC’s website for federal eligibility requirements prior to scoring your Community Criteria points.

This point-based system will prioritize candidates for recommendation. An applicant’s score helps us determine the likelihood that an applicant will:

  • Contribute to the economic needs of these community
  • Fill a genuine employment opportunity that meets their community requirements
  • Have the intention of staying in the community

We believe that applicants with high scores have a better chance of integrating into community life and staying in Moose Jaw for the long-term.

Applicants will need to achieve a total score of 44 or above out of a possible 88 points (50%) to be considered for recommendation by the Selection Committee.

Note: All the criteria in this grid must be substantiated. Fraud or misrepresentation will not be tolerated.

Job Offer

Max Points

1. You have received a job offer in one of the priority NOC groups.

15

Language

2. You have demonstrated official language abilities as follows:

  • CLB/NCLC 8 or higher

8

  • CLB/NCLC 7

7

  • CLB/NCLC 6

6

  • CLB/NCLC 5

5

Education

3. Your education level (highest completed credential):

  • Advanced degree including bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree

6

  • 2 or 3-year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute

4

  • 1-year degree, diploma or certificate from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute

2

Important: Applicant must submit a qualifying educational credential (copy of Canadian certificate/diploma/degree OR educational credential assessment (ECA)). Applicants will also be asked to submit a copy of any license/ certification that is voluntary or mandatory for their job.

4. You have completed at least 1 year of full-time post-secondary education from an eligible institution in Moose Jaw in the past 5 years.

2

Work Experience

5. You have work experience in the same occupation as your job offer:

  • 5+ years

5

  • 4 years

4

  • 3 years

3

  • 2 years

2

6. You have Canadian work experience (not specific to any NOC):

  • 5+ years

5

  • 4 years

4

  • 3 years

3

  • 2 years

2

Connection to the Community

7. You have demonstrated social ties to established members of the community, with a family member or friend residing in Moose Jaw for a minimum of 1 year. The family or friend must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

  • Immediate family member (parent, sibling, child)

5

  • Extended family member (grandparent, uncle, aunt, cousin, niece, or nephew)

4

  • Friend

3

Note: The applicant can score a maximum of 5 points on this factor.

Age

8. Your age on the day the application is received:

  • 18 to 34

8

  • 35 to 50

6

Driver’s License

9. You are licensed to independently drive a vehicle either in Canada or your country of origin.

5

Residence (for applicants who have lived in Moose Jaw before applying)

10. You have a history of residence in Moose Jaw:

  • You currently live in Moose Jaw

10

  • You do not live in Moose Jaw, but have lived in Moose Jaw in the last 5 years

8

Knowledge of Community (for applicants who have never lived in Moose Jaw)

11. You have visited Moose Jaw for at least 2 nights within the past 3 years.

10

SPOUSE – Language (for applicants with a spouse or common-law partner)

12. Your spouse has demonstrated official language abilities as follows:

  • CLB/NCLC 8 or higher

4

  • CLB/NCLC 7

3

  • CLB/NCLC 6

2

  • CLB/NCLC 5

1

SPOUSE – Employment (for applicants with a spouse or common-law partner)

13. Your spouse has:

  • A job within the community

5

  • A valid job offer for a job within the community that is within one of the priority NOC groups.

4

  • A valid job offer within the community

3

14. Your spouse has:

  • At least 1,560 hours of full-time or part-time work experience in the last 3 years in one of the priority NOC groups

4

  • At least 1,560 hours of full-time or part-time work experience in the last 3 years

2

SPOUSE – Residence (for applicants with a spouse or common-law partner)

15. Your spouse resides in Moose Jaw currently or previously

6