One of the most remote provinces in Canada is to seek almost 300 skilled workers in Ireland next month.
The government of Saskatchewan and employers throughout the province will embark on a labour recruitment mission to Ireland in March.
Premier Brad Wall and Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris will participate in the trip to Dublin and Cork.
Employers from the province will look for workers at career fairs in the two Irish cities, with over 9,000 qualified candidates expected to attend.
Immigration staff are to support the employers in their visit to Ireland when they will meet with prospective workers in the trades, construction, engineering and health sciences sectors.
Premier Brad Wall said: “The new Saskatchewan offers jobs, a high quality of life and a welcoming environment to newcomers.
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“We look forward to telling our story in Ireland. Immigration is helping sustain our economic momentum and enriching our cultural diversity.”
Minister Rob Norris added: “There is a tremendous pool of qualified people in Ireland who are actively seeking opportunities abroad.
“The Irish Economic and Social Research Institute estimates 75,000 Irish are expected to emigrate in 2012 as unemployment in the country continues to rise.
“The mission will connect Saskatchewan employers with qualified candidates who are seeking to emigrate.”
Already, 22 employers have committed to participating in the mission with more than 275 vacancies on offer.
Irish candidates who receive an offer of employment will work with immigration officers to apply to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
Saskatchewan is known as the warmest and the coldest of the Canadian provinces. It holds the record at 45 degrees for the highest temperature ever recorded in the country but temperatures can remain as low as minus 17 for long periods in the winter.