Why come to Saskatchewan?

Rural and modern

With the territory of over 652,000 sq km and population over 1 million people, the province provides a great mix of quiet rural life and easy access to services, great schools, free healthcare, lots of lakes and major cities within 1-3 hours’ drive.

Agriculture is number one

Saskatchewan is known for its prairies and has some of the most fertile and productive land in the world. The province is home to more than 40% of Canada’s farmable land.
There are about 44.000 farms in Saskatchewan; the average farm size varies from 3,500 acres (1,400 hectars) to 10,000 acres (4, 000 hectars). Saskatchewan has the second largest beef cattle herd in Canada with just under 30 percent of the total Canadian beef herd.
If you are interested in working on the farm, there are plenty of opportunities, farms to choose from as well as farms available for sale.

Streamlined provincial immigration program

If you are considering relocating to Canada permanently, Saskatchewan is one of the provinces in Canada where general farm workers can apply to Provincial Immigrant Nominee Program, which leads to obtaining Permanent Residency in Canada for the whole family. The program is very user-friendly and the processing times are the shortest among other provinces.

For how long can I come?

  • Seasonal employment - 6-8 months (April-November)
  • Temporary - 2 years
  • Permanent – No fixed term (you work for your employer as long as you mutually agree on)

Consider climate

This is something you need to consider if you are thinking about moving to Saskatchewan and staying here permanently.

We have 4 distinct seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter. The good news is Saskatchewan receives more hours of sunshine than any other Canadian province. Summers can get very hot, sometimes above 38 °C   during the day.

However, winters can be bitterly cold, with average temperature of below 17 °C and lots of snow. We may have few days in winter with temperatures as low as below 35 °C.

What types of positions are available?

  • General farm Worker
  • Herdsman
  • Farm Supervisor

What are the working conditions?

Starting wage: between 18 to 25 CAD per hour

Hours: vary depending on the season, you might be working 12 – 14 hours per day during seeding and harvest and only a couple of hours in winter. Overtime hours in agriculture are paid at flat rate. There is an option to bank your overtime hours for winter, so that you could continue receiving steady income to support your family.

Taxes: average tax rate is between 20% to 27% and depends if you have family and kids. You might be eligible for some tax allowances and some of the taxes you paid might be returned at the end of the tax year.

Health insurance: you and your family members will be covered by Provincial Health Insurance from the first day of arrival and it is free. Many employers also offer additional health benefits (dental coverage, disability insurance etc.)

Accommodation: there will be a place for you to stay when you arrive. The type of accommodation will depend on your needs and the kind of arrangements with your employer. If you come for seasonal work, you may be just staying in a trailer or mobile home, but if you come for 2 years, the best may be to rent a house. The cost of rent varies between 650 and 850 CAD depending on size of town, number of bedrooms etc. Some employers offer a rental subsidy to assist with higher rental costs.

What criteria do I need to meet to come to Canada?

  • Valid passport
  • No criminal record
  • Ready to complete all the paperwork – if you are coming under provincial immigration program, you will need to pass an English test and also complete a number of application forms, such as details of addresses where you lived and what you did for the past 10 years and your travel history.
  • Good health of you and your family members
  • Minimum 1-2 years of farming experience- You must be able to prove you have farming experience. This can be done by work references from your past or current employers.
  • Speak English

How much would it cost me to come to Canada?

You do not have to pay fees if you want to go and work in Canada. Your employer will pay for your return airfare. There are only some government fees you will have to pay, such as processing your work permit to Canada (about 155 CAD).

Who pays for the flights?

It depends on type of employment as well as your starting wage. Generally, employers pay for return airfare for seasonal and temporary workers and it is responsibility of the candidate to cover the cost of the flight for permanent position.