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Newfoundland and Labrador Exempt Certain In-demand Occupations

Newfoundland and Labrador province exempt certain in-demand occupations from labor market testing processes.

The easternmost Canadian province has released new measures to make it easier for employers to recruit foreign nationals who will address the labor deficits in the province via the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).

The provincial government released a list of occupations that are exempted from provincial labor market testing processes.

These processes include the Job Vacancy Assessment. Similar to a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a Job Vacancy Assessment shows that the employer has used all available options to get a suitable candidate from the local labor market before inviting a candidate from abroad to fill the vacancy.

In addition to the Job Vacancy Assessment, the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) has its own labor market testing requirement, such as advertising.

To benefit from the exemption, immigration candidates need to have a job offer in an in-demand occupation. Newfoundland and Labrador’s in-demand occupations are in three sectors: the Health Care sector, communications Technology (ICT), and the Information sector.

In-demand health care sector occupations that are exempted from provincial labor market testing processes are listed below:

  • Physician
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Dosimetrist
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN)
  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

In-demand ICT sector occupations that are exempted from provincial labor market testing processes are listed below:

  • Software Developer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • UI/UX Developer
  • Cloud Specialist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Computer Network Support
  • Research Associate
  • Data Analytics
  • Offshore Technician
  • ROV Operator
  • Electrical Engineer
  • AI Developer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Python Developer
  • Web Developer
  • .NET Developer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Security Specialist
  • Ocean Mapping Specialist
  • Technical Writer

What is the Atlantic Immigration Program?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) is an employer-driven fast-track immigration stream. It enables employers in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces to recruit foreign skilled workers to fill job positions that they are not able to fill with the local market.

Canada’s four Atlantic provinces are Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Any candidate who is coming to Canada through the Atlantic immigration pilot must have received a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada.

After an employer offers a job to a foreign skilled worker, and the job offer is approved, the employer is expected to connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization in Newfoundland and Labrador. This will help the immigration candidate develop a settlement plan, and in some cases, undertake a needs assessment.

If employers need to quickly fill a position, they can have access to a temporary work permit. That way, the foreign national can come to Canada sooner. The candidate must commit to applying for Canadian permanent residence within Ninety (90) days of the temporary work permit application.