New Start

New Start: Access to Education and Employment

New Start assists people with disabilities and newcomers to Canada to overcome barriers to employment and develop the skills they need to find meaningful employment.

New Start offers client-centered training at all four campuses—Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon. While the focus is on people with disabilities and newcomers, the program is also open to Indigenous peoples, women and visible minorities facing employment barriers.

The New Start pilot project runs from July 2021 to March 2022.

Who is this for?

  • Newcomers
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Women considering careers in trades and technology
  • Visible minorities

*New Start applicants must be residents of Saskatchewan*

What does New Start cover?

  • Individualized supports
  • Free tuition for your chosen program or activities
  • Textbooks and/or access to online course materials

Want to learn more? Attend a New Start information session.

Over the upcoming weeks, a number of information sessions will be held for those interested in possibly applying and/or for gathering information to share with others. All information sessions will be approximately 1 hour in length and will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. Registration is required.

Individualized supports:

Based on your needs as a learner, a personalized plan will be created that gives you access to supports that can help you be successful as a student. Supports may include:

Essential Skills Training 

Includes the soft skills you need to be successful in the workforce. Curriculum is based on the nine core competencies: reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication, working with others and continuous learning.

Virtual Learning Strategist (VLS)

This virtual tutor and online learning resource for students with learning disabilities can be embedded in any program to develop a learning plan customized to your needs.


This personalized service delivery platform provides real time remote support and access to mentorship throughout your program and work placements.

Language Training in a Skill Building Environment

An innovative hands-on learning environment for newcomers, where you will engage in language and essential skills training specifically related to your selected program.

Work Placement

Depending on your program, you will participate in a 2-8 week work placement to practice your skills in a real-world setting.

Start Application Process

The New Start Program is eligible to newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, women in trades/technology programs and visible minorities.

*New Start applicants must be residents of Saskatchewan*

A student can self-declare, but will eventually need to provide documentation or be referred for an assessment.

Less than 5 years in Canada. You must be a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen to apply for the New Start Program.

Please visit the Meeting English Language Requirements page.

Yes, but there must be a minimum of 24 credits from an accredited program and the institution must be recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Yes, but it needs to the academic version. The overall score must be 6.5.

The Program will reimburse students these costs after they are accepted into the New Start Program.


No, unfortunately living costs are not approved, but students can apply for PTA to see if they are eligible.  More information found here: Provincial Training Allowance (PTA) | Job Training and Financial Support Programs | Government of Saskatchewan

No, the New Start Program is unable to provide these. However, there is a computer lending program.  It is on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have your transcripts, colour scan the original copies (front and back) and email them to  All transcripts need to be officially translated to English.  If you do not have them, you can arrange for the institution to issue them directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  More information on this can be found here: International Document Requirements page.

No, post-secondary transcripts cannot be used as an equivalent to a Grade 12 transcript.

Some courses offer ACCUPLACER Testing.  Check the program admission requirements to ensure they accept Accuplacer testing and find more here: ACCUPLACER Testing page.

There are some similarities between the two programs, however some of the participating programs are different and some are offered at different campus locations. The New Start Program does not have an application or seat fee.  Find more information on the Shockproofing Program here: Shockproofing for Future Skills page.

Yes, the New Start Program aims to provide work placements for all students who complete their courses.

No, there is no fee for the Essential Skills Assessment.

Check the admission requirements of the program. The majority of programs allow students with a criminal record to take the course, however work placement and employment may present a challenge depending on what the offence was.

 Some programs do not accept Accuplacer.

Applications for Lighthouse Labs are not done on the New Start homepage. Please contact to initiate an application for Lighthouse Labs.


No. The New Start Program is only available for one program per student.

The program offerings include:

*Dates and availability are subject to change. Admission requirements for specific programs apply – see individual program websites for details. All applicants will be contacted for an interview.

The Automotive Painter applied certificate program prepares you to work in auto body shops, auto dealerships, and the manufacturing sector. The job involves a lot of movement and an eye for detail and colour. The ability to organize multiple tasks will make you a valuable asset in the workplace.

Offered: on-campus in Regina

Start date:

  • November 22, 2021

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

As part of the Carpentry applied certificate program, you will receive basic knowledge and develop skills required to work in the residential, commercial construction and related industries.

Offered: on-campus in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon.

Start date: October 18, 2021

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

As an early childhood educator, your role is to create developmentally appropriate curriculum and design inviting and effective quality learning environments. Get started on a rewarding career with the Early Childhood Educator certificate of achievement program.

Offered: Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon

Start dates

  • November 29, 2021

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

In the Electrician applied certificate program, instructors with industry experience will help you learn how to install, test, replace and repair lighting fixtures, wiring and electrical equipment. You'll get lots of hands-on practice using standard tools of the trade. You'll also learn how to read and interpret construction drawings.

Offered: Saskatoon

Start date: November 1, 2021

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

Esthetician-Nail Technician is a certificate of achievement program delivered on-campus in the evenings. Learn how to work with and enhance nails. You will receive training in manicuring, pedicuring, nail art and lacquers, gel nails and toes, acrylic nails and nail wraps. You will also develop salon management, communication and customer service skills.

Offered: Prince Albert

Start date: September 14, 2021 or November 30, 2021

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

If you like working in fast-paced environments, the Food Service Cook applied certificate program is a great choice. Food service cooks prepare meals and snacks for large numbers of people—and they are in demand in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, care homes, schools, remote mining camps and more. The program is designed with industry input, so you’ll build practical skills. In fact, most of your “classroom” learning is done in a commercial kitchen.

Offered: Regina

Start date: 

  •  September 7, 2021 to December 10, 2021
  • November 29, 2021 to March 18, 2022

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

The Indigenous Leadership applied certificate program gives you a national perspective of leadership styles incorporated in Indigenous communities. You will enhance your understanding of how traditional forms of Indigenous leadership have consistently demonstrated resiliency amidst a rapidly changing colonial state.

Offered: online

Start date: TBD

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

The Leadership Skills certificate of achievement program builds practical skills. You'll use real life case studies and interactive content to learn what makes some leaders so effective and what leadership and management styles work best in different situations. You will also develop practical skills in coaching and teambuilding, come up with solutions to specific challenges, and build your understanding of business structure and financial management.

Offered: online

Start date: TBD

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

Interested in launching or advancing your career in coding, design or data analytics? Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Lighthouse Labs have developed part-time introductory and full-time intensive programs to advance your skills in professional data science.

Offered: online


  • Oct 25 - Jan 28
  • Nov 22 - Feb 25

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

Interested in launching or advancing your career in coding, design or data analytics? Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Lighthouse Labs have developed part-time introductory and full-time intensive programs to advance your skills in professional web development.

Offered: online


  • Oct 25 - Jan 28
  • Nov 22 - Feb 25

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

Medical device reprocessing technicians operate and maintain sterilization equipment, such as instrument washers and steam autoclaves. In this certificate of achievement program, you will learn how to clean and disinfect surgical instruments and equipment for reuse according to standardized safety practices, how to reassemble equipment, and how to prepare packs of sterile supplies and instruments for delivery to hospital departments.

Offered: online

Start date: December 13, 2021

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

The Plumbing and Pipefitting applied certificate program provides the knowledge and skills you need for an entry level job. Your learning is practical and hands-on – and includes a two-week job placement that lets you test your skills in the real world.

Offered: Regina, Saskatoon

Start date: November 15, 2021

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

Warehouse Worker is a self-paced, online program that provides you with the knowledge and skill development needed for entry level employment in the warehouse industry. Earn a certificate of achievement on completion.

Offered: online

Start date: 

  • August 30, 2021
  • October 25, 2021
  • January 3, 2022

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

If you require ACCUPLACER testing (measures skills in reading, writing and math) to meet admissions requirements, visit the ACCUPLACER Testing for Literacy and Adult Education page.

If English is your second language and you require English Language and IELTS testing to meet admissions requirements, visit the English Language Requirement page.

Email to find out if you’re eligible.

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