Newfoundland & Labrador government has published a list of eight (8) in-demand health occupations that are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) in the province.
The province says the occupations are viewed as in-demand in both the private and public sectors, and the exemption includes the provincial job vacancy assessments and advertising requirements under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
The eight occupations include the following:
- Physicians (NOC 3112)
- Nurse Practitioner (NOC 3124)
- Licensed Practice Nurse (NOC 3233)
- Personal Care Attendant (NOC 4412, 3413)
- Clinical Psychologist (NOC 4151)
- Medical Physicist (NOC 2111)
- Radiation Therapist (NOC 3215)
- Dosimetrists (NOC 3215)
The Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) features three (3) categories for temporary skilled workers and international graduate:
- Express Entry Skilled Worker
- Skilled Workers
- International Graduates
It is also part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), a joint federal-provincial program aiming at skilled workers and international graduates.
The move to relax requirements for applicants in one of the eight medical professions listed above is designed to draw more new immigrants in those fields.
Newfoundland has enjoyed considerable success in luring more newcomers in the last two years.
The recent figures show the province welcomed 1,850 newcomers in 2019, a 64 per cent increase in 2015.
Canada’s Atlantic provinces are at the receiving end of the country’s problem with ageing population and shrinking labour markets.
Federal and provincial governments are initiating a system to increase immigration to help plug some of the lapses in the labour market.
In recent times, the region, which includes the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island as well as Newfoundland and Labrador, has faced problems with bringing and retaining newcomers.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is one-way officials are trying to attract more immigrants to the region.
After three years with pilot status, the employer-led program is set to become permanent this year. Three streams operates under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which target different types of applicants.
1) Atlantic High-Skilled
The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is targeted at skilled workers with professional, management or technical/skilled job experience. There are also other criteria. The job offer must last for at least one year.
2) Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled
The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is targeted at applicants for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also other criteria. The job offer must be permanent.
3) Atlantic International Graduates
The Atlantic International Graduate Program is targeted at applicants who have a degree, diploma or other certificates from publicly-funded institutions in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The employment offer must last for at least one year.