Saskatchewan premier wants more immigration control, considers provincial income tax collection

Saskatchewan is continuing to explore expanding its autonomy within Canada.

Premier Scott Moe said officials have requested more authority over immigration into the province, and Saskatchewan collecting its own income tax is also being considered.

This builds on Saskatchewan planning to launch international trade offices in Japan, Singapore and India — another area in which the province desires to expand sovereignty since the Oct. 21 election.

Moe said Saskatchewan wants to have more say in the types of immigration classes, focusing on economic and family applications, plus being able to prioritize certain skills of economic applicants.

“What we’re looking for is to have more of a hand in setting the parameters so that we are better meeting the needs, not only of industry, but better meeting the needs of those that are choosing to make Saskatchewan home,” Moe said.

Saskatchewan Immigration Minister Jeremy Harrison said he brought this request to his federal counterpart, Minister Marco Mendocino, on Nov. 28.

The recently-released Saskatchewan Growth Plan includes targets for a population of 1.4 million and 100,000 more people working in the province by 2030.

Moe said this is not possible without increased immigration.

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