Newfoundland and Labrador, Another Province Offering Opportunity of Skilled Migration to Canada

As we promised, here is a featured post on Newfoundland and Labrador. In the article, we will discuss the new application guidelines for skilled workers, career opportunities, in-demand jobs, and lifestyle that the province offers.

There are three categories under which the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) invites international applicants. Among the immigration streams, two are used to invite international skilled workers. Take a peek!

1. Newfoundland & Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker

The program is used by the province to nominate skilled candidates who have obtained a job offer through the Federal Express Entry system.


  • Must be an Express Entry pool candidate and have an Express Entry code.

  • Must currently be employed or have a job offer from an employer within the province

  • Have a valid work permit or be able to apply for one

  • Must intend to work and live in the province

  • Provide language test results

  • Have a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself and settle in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • You need to score at least 67 out of 100 points on the point assessment grid.

2. Skilled Worker Category

This category is for the individuals who have a valid work permit and are currently employed within the province, also, for the applicants who have received a job offer from an employer in the province.


  • Have a job offer from an employer in Newfoundland and Labrador. Employment standards and salary must meet the provincial standards.

  • Have a valid work permit or be able to apply for one

  • Must intend to work and live in the province

  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself and settle in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Provide language test results

  • You must verify your language skills using one of the following:

  • Education/Training documents

  • An Affidavit of English Language Ability from your employer in Newfoundland and Labrador

Why Does it Matter to You?

Taking into account how the province has rarely opened for internal applicants over the past years, candidates should look forward to this movement. As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, whenever a province makes changes in application requirements, there is a high chance of a draw following to it.

It is indeed an opportunity. Even though the current requirement comprises a job offer but there are high chances of the provincial government to select applicants from the EE pool on the basis of labour market requirements without any job offer.

It happened in the past. Many provinces, in the beginning, asked for an employment offer. But soon realized that it is hard to fulfil the quota with a handful of applicants who have jobs from the provincial employer. We also believe the province is trying to keep pace with the Federal migration allotment for 2019-2021. It is understandable because the provincial government cannot afford to lag behind in competition with the other provinces in regards to economic development.

To summarize, we may see an invitation round with more favourable rules in the coming months. If you wish to know how to approach the NLPNP, call us. It has been two days since the news has reached us, our immigration experts are busy to set up plans for the PNP. Also, how we can take advantage of the invitation rounds, if our forecasts come true in the near future.

Newfoundland & Labrador Employment Outlook 2019-2020

It is anticipated by the government that total employment will grow by 2.8% when we reach 2020. Statistics show that the services-producing sector will continue to dominate employment and employment growth in the years ahead.

Sectors that will grow faster and will be accounted for the newest job growth include:

1. Utilities

2. Health

3. Trade

4. Construction

5. Oil and gas

6. Scientific and technical services industries

Job openings that arise due to retirements and deaths will account for a significant number of job openings. Over 75% of anticipated job openings will be among sales and service occupations; business, finance, and administrative occupations; trades, transportation, and equipment operators; management occupations; occupations in social science, education, government service, and religion; and health occupations.

The strongest recruitment pressures will be among the occupations unique to processing, manufacturing, and utilities; health occupations; management occupations; business, finance, and administrative occupations; and sales and service occupations.

Employment has grown to record level highs in Newfoundland and Labrador and the number of people in the labour force each year, either working or looking for work, is higher than ever.

Employment growth has outpaced labour force growth. New job creation has grown faster than the number of new job seekers entering the workforce, a signal that labour market conditions are beginning to tighten and unemployment levels are declining.

According to the recent government announcement, the province’s prospects appear brighter as the combination of higher oil prices and increased production from the recently completed Hebron offshore oil platform boost government revenue.

Most of the immigrants who come to Newfoundland live in and around of St. John’s, a city of Newfoundland that holds the best job opportunities and offers a great lifestyle. As per the recent news, the IT Company CoLab Software expects to expand its workforce over the next few months, with positions in software development, engineering, and sales among those likely to be filled. Here are the other employers who were busy expanding their labour force in NL (Jan-May)!

1. The Denturist Association of Canada

2. Superior Glove

3. Timberlands International

4. Childcare and Hospitals in St. John’s

5. Tacora

6. Paramedic Association of NL

7. Costco

Continuing, the government acknowledges Immigration will play a significant role in helping grow the labour force and meet job demands, particularly in highly skilled and hard to fill positions.

Lifestyle Offerings

With a knack of storytelling, Newfoundlanders are known to be one of the Top 10 friendliest cultures in the world. People here are the descendants of English, Irish, French, and Indigenous ancestors, leading to a diversified culture. But there are more varieties of English spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador than anywhere else in the world.

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to some of Canada’s finest artists and performers. Well, why not, these guys love to have a good time, even if it’s just a crowd playing music in the kitchen. Especially St. John’s has many famous restaurants across the province as well as street food, music festivals, and extravaganzas.

Food is delicious here. After all the different cultures bring a variety of mouth-watering flavours to melt anyone’s heart.

Don’t you think, it is indeed a place where you can see yourself living and building a family? If yes, we are here to help. Let’s hope that we see the province sending out invitations without job offers in the near future to applicants already in the pool. To know more, call us!

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