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Reciprocity From Another Jurisdiction



Background

The Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission defines licensing/registration reciprocity as the recognition of occupational standards from other jurisdictions that have occupational standards.

The federal Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) between Alberta and British Columbia, and the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) are based on the federal and provincial governments’ intention to promote an open, efficient and stable domestic market for long-term job creation, economic growth and stability. This is to be done through the elimination of barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada, promotion of equal economic opportunity for Canadians, and the enhancement of competitiveness of business.

The AIT was signed by all provinces, territories and the federal government in 1994. Its objective is to reduce and eliminate, to the extent possible, barriers to the movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada.

The AIT focuses on 11 specific sectors, one of which is labour mobility (Chapter 7). Chapter 7 was amended by the first ministers in December 2008 and included an expedited implementation date of April 1, 2009. The purpose of Chapter 7 is to eliminate or reduce labour mobility barriers. The AIT aims to ensure that any worker certified to perform a profession or occupation by a regulator in any Canadian province or territory will be granted a certification in respect of the same profession or occupation in any other province, without the need for additional material training, work experience, or examinations.

The NWPTA is an accord between the Governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan that creates Canada's largest, barrier-free, interprovincial market. Under NWPTA, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have committed to full mutual recognition or reconciliation of rules that hinder the free movement of goods, services, investment and people within Canada. The NWPTA builds on TILMA. The NWPTA came into effect July 1, 2010 and was implemented on July 1, 2013.

The Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission will recognize applicants trading in real estate from all Canadian jurisdictions that have occupational standards. These applicants will be eligible for licensing/registration reciprocity without additional education requirements; however, individuals are required to review information on Saskatchewan-specific issues and to sign a declaration (included in the licence application) that acknowledges their obligations to:

a)
know, understand and practice in strict accordance with The Real Estate Act of Saskatchewan including the Regulations and Bylaws;
b)
familiarize themselves with the laws of Saskatchewan as they apply to real estate;
c)
only engage in work or provide services when they are competent to do so; and,
d)
abide by any restrictions or conditions that may be imposed upon the issuance of their licence (restrictions related to specific areas of practice or educational requirements addressing practice issues unique to Saskatchewan).


NOTE: Additional educational requirements may be necessary if the previous jurisdiction did not have occupational standards for a specific specialty area of practice, such as residential, commercial farm or property management in the real estate sector. If the previous jurisdiction does not license property managers or have occupational standards for property management activities, once in Saskatchewan, the applicant would be required to complete educational requirements relating to property management or have their licence/registration restricted from conducting property management activities.

All individuals making application as a first-time applicant for licensing/registration in Saskatchewan OR as a previous licensee/registrant must provide a criminal record check by fingerprint comparison that is satisfactory to the Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission prior to being granted a license/registration. The Commission’s policy with respect to a criminal record check may be found on its website, here.

Processing of your application may be delayed if you do not attend to the criminal record requirements in a timely manner.



Qualifying Jurisdictions and Applicant Obligations

Individuals who make application to become licensed/registered in Saskatchewan from another jurisdiction are exempt from the real estate licensing/registration educational requirements for the comparable class of licensing/registration in the originating jurisdiction provided they are licensed/registered or eligible for re-licensing/registration in that jurisdiction. There may be additional educational requirements after initial licensing/registration if there are specific occupational issues that have not been addressed in the originating jurisdiction.

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