Newfoundland and Labrador looking to attract more immigrants to address its aging and declining population.
The province may not normally be an immigrant’s first choice when migrating to Canada. That is reserved for the more popular Canadian provinces such as Ontario and British Columbia.
As a result, the Atlantic province is looking to boost its immigration efforts. Immigration has become important agenda among political party campaigns as we approach the provincial election date on Feb, 13.
The Liberal Party in the Atlantic province is promising that they will receive triple the number of new immigrants in the next five years. The Progressive Conservative Party also promised to have high immigration targets.
Immigrants living in the province are arguably the best placed to offer ideas to tackle the immigration challenges. CBC’s Here & Now, a television news program based in Newfoundland and Labrador, held an immigration-focused panel.
Those who appeared on the panel said that the lack of job opportunities in the province plays a massive role as to why people may not be attracted or willing to immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador province.
In addition, it was recommended that it is not only up to the province to help new immigrants integrate, but it should also be the people’s responsibility.
One person suggested that the province needs a long-term retention plan and that the province needs to enlighten students in colleges and universities about oppression, racism, and cultural sensitivity.
How To immigrate To Newfoundland and Labrador?
If you want to make Newfoundland and Labrador province your new home, you have two main options:
- The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), and
- The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).
The NLPNP has categories for international graduates, skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and international graduate entrepreneurs.
A skilled worker who has a valid Express Entry profile needs to have a full-time job or job offer from a Canadian employer in the province, meet the minimum work-experience and education requirements and have sufficient funds to support themselves and their families.
If he/she doesn’t have a valid Express Entry profile, skilled workers will also need to prove their language proficiency in French or English.
International graduates need to have completed at least half of their studies in Canada and must have graduated from a designated learning institution. As part of the requirements, they must have a full-time job offer from an eligible employer in the province, meet language requirements, and have enough funds to support themselves.
The AIPP is a fast-track immigration program that helps employers in Canada’s Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) to employ foreign workers. Employers do not need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under the AIPP.