Canada’s Extension of Agreement with N&L To Boost Foreign Immigration in Atlantic Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador to welcome 5,100 new immigrants annually by 2026

The Canadian government is at the helm of affairs to steer foreign immigration to the country at an all-time high. Following a series of measures to boost immigration post-pandemic, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino made a significant announcement, earlier on August 12, to strengthen the Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP).

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The federal minister was joined by Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey in an announcement that sought a one-year extension to the federal government’s immigration agreement with Newfoundland & Labrador (N&L) until July 31, 2022. 

We want more newcomers to choose Newfoundland and Labrador to work and settle in our increasingly welcoming and diverse communities,” Gerry Byrne, N&L’s Minister of Immigration, says in an IRCC press release.

It is standard practice for all Canadian provinces to have such agreements with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). These agreements ensure that immigration policies respond to help meet federal and provincial objectives, for instance, fill vacant positions in the job market that cannot be filled with available local talent.

Byrne also mentioned, “This extension of the existing Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Agreement allows us time to negotiate a new agreement, one that will accelerate our work with federal partners to achieve this province’s ambitious goal for immigration by welcoming 5,100 newcomers annually by 2026.”

While the federal government has the final say on who gets to immigrate to Canada, provinces are more in tune with the economic and population needs of their own regions. Canadian provinces enjoy the power to issue provincial nominations to desirable immigrants to work & settle in the province. These provincial nominations will effectively guarantee an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency in a quick time.

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N&L will continue to work with the federal government on the old terms to deliver initiatives that have already been started. 

Newfoundland and Labrador are among the four Atlantic provinces that have historically experienced lower immigration levels. With the following immigration categories, the NLPNP is looking to accept more immigrant applications:

  • Newfoundland & Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Entrepreneur Category 
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category 
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (federal program)
Through both the AIP and the NLPNP, Newfoundland and Labrador have gained about 275 new employees and 300 family members so far this year. Also, the province invited nearly 400 people in the health care sector to apply for permanent residency as part of the Priority Skills Newfoundland pathway. 

In the coming weeks, Newfoundland will extend invitations to professionals in the tech and aquaculture sectors.

Like many other Canada PNP, N&L also offers ‘enhanced’ & ‘base’ provincial streams. 

The ‘enhanced’ streams nominate eligible candidates directly from the federal pool. CanApprove recommends entering the federal Express Entry pool as early as possible to maximize your chances of getting a provincial nomination

The ‘base’ streams select candidates who apply directly to the province seeking a nomination. In order to get a provincial nomination under such streams, candidates must have graduated from any institution in the province or on a Post Graduate Work Permit or have a work permit in the province or be able to establish family ties in the province. Entrepreneurs & business immigration programs fall under this category. 

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