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Lost in migration choices? Newfoundland it!

It took 8,000 years before the Vikings of Europe landed in Newfoundland. Today, Newfoundland Labrador is cherishing the old and welcoming the new, especially young immigrants of working age who could keep social services flowing.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on October 26, 2016; updated October 26, 2016

Lost in migration choices? Newfoundland it!

Say high. Get low. Start almost empty. Lead a full life.

Yes, you’ve found it: Newfoundland-Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, close to America, and even closer to Europe.

After an 8,000 year habitation by the first Maritime Archaic peoples, the Vikings came.  Newfoundland archives show that “around the year 1001, Leif Ericson landed in three places to the west,  the first two being Helluland (possibly Baffin Island) and Markland (possibly Labrador).  Leif's third landing was at a place he called Vinland (possibly Newfoundland). Archaeological evidence of a Norse settlement was found in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, which was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978.Canada's most easterly province is the newest province in the nation, but rich in history and cultural traditions from centuries past. Uniquely blending old-world traditions with modern conveniences,

Newfoundland and Labrador is a dynamic and vibrant province that distinguishes itself as one of the best places in the world to live, study, work and play.

Today, Newfoundland and Labrador has an abundance of clean air and fresh water, a low incidence of violent crime and a comfortable population density. It is one of the friendliest and safest places in the country to live.

Newfoundland Labrador offers a relaxed lifestyle, supported by an economy that is leading  Canada in economic growth highlighted by affordable housing, a safe and clean environment, a relaxing atmosphere, world-class health and educational facilities and unlimited career opportunities.

Demographic Shift

Part of Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland-Labrador has more jobs than people, more senior citizens relying on retirement funds than there are workers contributing to the social services kitty. Overall, the total provincial population has declined over the past couple of decades, due to an increasingly aging population (those under 65 years old) while the working age group - 15 to 24 years old -represents just 11% of total population.

With more jobs than workers, it is not surprising to have higher wages than most of the other provinces in Canada.

High Wages-Low Cost of Living:

  • $15.05/hr 87.4% since 2003 3rd highest in Canada after Alberta and Saskatchewan
  • $911.11 - Average weekly earnings in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2014; 2nd highest average of all Canadian provinces after Alberta
  • Since 2004, youth unemployment rate has fallen over 6%

Labour Market Information link Newfoundland Labrador- http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/lmi.html

Employment Prospects

With available supply of labor decreasing, Newfoundland Labrador initiated “creative solutions to supply businesses and other organizations with the skills they need to thrive focusing on understanding and assisting local employers operating in the core, non-project based economy in finding their labour will help improve future economic growth.”

Top 10 Most In-Demand Occupations in 2014

  1. Retail Salespersons & Clerks
  2. Home Support Workers
  3. Cooks
  4. Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers & Related Occupations
  5. Truck Drivers
  6. Cashiers
  7. Customer Service & Information Clerks
  8. Retail Trade Managers
  9. Food & Beverage Servers
  10. Light Duty Cleaners

Immigrants Wanted

In September this year, Canada’s Immigration Minister held a nationwide consultation on immigration with focus on Atlantic Canada because the region faces  an aging demographic challenge.

The federal and provincial ministers agree that “it is imperative that we keep our young people here, as well as to enhance an immigration program will allow more new Canadians and immigrants to Atlantic Canada, provide more flexibility to the provinces and focus more efforts on retention.”

It is part of a new Atlantic Growth Strategy, aimed at boosting the economy in eastern Canada in five priority areas:

  • Skilled workforce and immigration
  • Innovation
  • Clean growth and climate change
  • Trade and investment
  • Infrastructure

Three Pronged Nomination Plan

Prior to 2007, an average of 450 immigrants came to Newfoundland and Labrador annually. Since

then, annual immigration has been increasing, and in 2013, 825 immigrants arrived in the province, the highest annual number to date.  Nationwide, the Philippines had been the top source country of new immigrants.

How do I Apply?

The Newfoundland Labrador Provincial Nomination Plan (NLPNP) offers three simple pathways from nomination to residency.

1.Express Entry Skilled Worker - This category is for skilled individuals who have been accepted into Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry pool and who have a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Applicants must have been accepted into Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry pool and issued  Express Entry Profile Number (E plus nine digits).

Applicants must have a high-skilled job or job offer from a NL employer based on the National Occupational Code (NOC) External Link Icon classification system. The skill level (high or low) can be determined by searching for the job title on this page External Link Icon.

2.Skilled Worker - This category is for individuals who have a guaranteed offer of employment from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer, or are already working in the province on a valid Work Permit.  In addition the nomination candidate must  demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador; have sufficient settlement funds and financial resources to successfully establish yourself and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador;  and can demonstrate sufficient English or French language capability to perform the employment duties.

3.International Graduate category. International students should determine if the educational institution they intend to enroll in (whether in Newfoundland and Labrador or in the other 9 provinces) are publicly funded because only this type of institutions are authorized to issue post-graduate work permits (PGWP).  The PGWP period enables a student to work full time and use it towards meeting the permanent residency experience criteria.

Newfoundland and Labrador's publicly funded post-secondary educational system consists of two sectors: (1)  Memorial University, with two campuses in the province and are committed to helping international students succeed and settle and  (2) College of the North Atlantic, with 17 campuses across the province.  In addition, there are also a broad range of private training institutions throughout Newfoundland and Labrador that offer many different programs of study.

Newfoundland and Labrador boasts one of the lowest domestic tuition fees in Canada. Those who do require financial assistance can visit student aid to determine eligibility for assistance.

To qualify for nomination under the International Graduate category the applicant must:

  • Have completed at least half of studies in Canada and have graduated from an eligible publicly funded Canadian college or university (students must send proof of graduation with their application);
  • Have completed a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program, while studying on a full-time basis. One-year post-graduate degree programs and certificate programs which require a previous degree or diploma (which may have been obtained abroad), are also eligible.
  • Have a full-time job offer in the field of study, or a related field of study, from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer;
  • Have legal status to work in Canada; that is to say, have an Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Post-Graduate Work Permit. Work permits that are submitted with the PNP application must have duration of six months remaining prior to expiry date.
  • Have the qualifications, training, skills, and accreditation required for the job;
  • Can demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Have a job or job offer that has compensation in the form of a salary and benefits package that meets provincial employment standards and prevailing wage rates;
  •  Have a job or job offer that has opportunity for advancement;
  • Have a job or job offer that does not contravene existing bargaining unit agreements or any employment disputes;
  • Can demonstrate that you have sufficient financial resources to successfully establish yourself and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Can demonstrate sufficient English or French language capability to perform the employment duties.

If you completed your studies at a recognized post-secondary institute outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, you may be required to work in a job that is in your field of study for a minimum of 1 year prior to submission of your PNP application.

Newfoundland Nomination Certificates

The NLPNP is authorized by the federal government through its Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to issue a maximum 1050 certificates of nomination for calendar year 2016.The NLPNP will use the 1050 nomination quota to issue certificates as follows:

NLPNP Stream

National Occupation Classification (NOC)

2016 Target

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate

0, A, and B

300 nominations

  • Skilled Worker

C and D

200 nominations

  • Express Entry Skilled Worker (pending)

0, A and B

550 nominations




Once NLPNP has reached its nomination targets for the year (currently 2016), an update is provided on the NLPNP website. The opportunity to be nominated is affected by the target limits and program criteria. No application is guaranteed to be accepted or/and nominated.

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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