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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Newfoundland and Labrador aims to become a national leader on immigration among other provinces

Updated: Jan 13


Newfoundland and Labrador aims to become a national leader on immigration among other provinces

Newfoundland and Labrador(NL) aims to become a national leader on immigration settlement and retention among the Canadian provinces.


The province exceeded the 2021 target of 1,700 new permanent residents in fall 2021. It also doubled the number of staff in the immigration office to provide more direct and responsive supports for employers and newcomers.


Newfoundland and Labrador also launched the Ministerial Committee on Anti-Racism, and a job matching service in this year. This allowed employers and newcomers to secure full-time employment, as well as a new immigration pathway – Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador for highly educated and skilled newcomers with valuable experience in key sectors.


The province also invested more than $2 million for the next two years for a new online application system and $357,000 for additional English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors.


Employers who wish to become a designated employer under the permanent program will be able to start the designation process in winter 2022. Starting March 6, 2022, newcomers with valid endorsements from designated employers will be able to submit a complete application of permanent residence under the permanent program as well.



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