Canada: Newfoundland Publishes New Immigration Guide

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By Peter Menyasz

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has published a comprehensive new guide on immigration to the province, including information for employers on hiring foreign workers, the Department of Advanced Education, Skills, and Labour announced Feb. 2. The guide includes information on the updated Provincial Nominee Program, which allows the provincial government to approve qualified international workers proposed by employers, and provides details of the three-year, employer-driven Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program intended to help employers attract and retain skilled immigrants to address specific skills gaps and labor market needs in all four of Canada’s Atlantic provinces—Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

The Provincial Nominee Program includes three categories:

  •  Express Entry Skilled Worker, for those who qualify for Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada’s express entry pool; have a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador; and intend to live permanently in the province;
  •  Skilled Worker, for individuals with specialized skills deemed critical for an employer; and
  •  International Graduate, for international students who have graduated from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program includes High-Skilled Program, Intermediate-Skilled Program. and International Graduate Program components.

Beginning Feb. 20, the Department of Advanced Education, Skills, and Labour will hold regular online and in-person information sessions for employers.

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For More Information

The guide is available here, the Department of Advanced Education, Skills, and Labour announcement here.

For more information on Canadian HR law and regulation, see the Canada primer.

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