Newfoundland and Labrador needs more immigrants

Due to the provincial elections on February 13, political factions have prioritized immigration.

Newfoundland and Labrador is looking to attract and retain new immigrants to solve its aging and declining population. This province is usually not the first choice of immigrants to Canada, but provinces such as Ontario and British Columbia are more popular among immigrants, for this reason, they are seeking to increase their efforts to immigrate. As the election date approaches, immigration has become their priority in election campaigns.

The Liberal Party in this province promises to triple the number of new arrivals over the next five years. The Conservative Party has also promised ambitious immigration targets.

It can be rightly claimed that the immigrants of this province are in the best position to present new ideas to solve the immigration problem. In a delegation of immigrants from this region, the lack of job opportunities and its major deterrent role for immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador were pointed out.

In addition, it was also noted that the provincial government alone is not responsible for helping the newcomers, but this responsibility is also on the shoulders of the people. One panel member said Newfoundland and Labrador should have a long-term plan to keep immigrants in place and educate students about racial discrimination, oppression and cultural sensitivities.

Migration routes to Newfoundland and Labrador

If you want to immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador, you have two main options:

Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP);

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

NLPNP has immigration groups for skilled workforce, international graduates, entrepreneurs and international graduate entrepreneurs.

Specialist workers with a valid Express Entry file must have a full-time job or job offer from an employer in this province, have the minimum requirements for work experience and education, and have sufficient funds to support themselves and their families financially.

If the skilled workforce does not have a valid Express Entry file, they must also prove their proficiency in English or French.

International graduates must have completed at least half of their education in Canada and graduated from an eligible college or university. They must have a full-time job offer from a qualified employer, meet language proficiency requirements, and have sufficient funds to support themselves financially.

AIPP is a fast-track program to help employers in the Atlantic Canadian provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island) hire foreign workers. Employers in the AIPP are not required to have a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LIMIA).

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