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Immigration Agreement Extended between Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador

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On 12 August 2021, it was announced by Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, along with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey, that the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Agreement would be extended until 31 July 2022. The agreement was first signed in July 2016 and is meant to encourage immigration to the province through the cooperation and assistance of the federal and provincial governments. At the local level it allows employers to source qualified candidates for employment when no one suitable is available in the area.

Each province has a similar agreement with the federal government, and these agreements are meant to lay out objectives that help meet the specific needs of individual provinces. In the case of Newfoundland and Labrador, the extension allows the province time to negotiate a new agreement that would bring in more immigrants. According to Gerry Byrne, the province’s minister of immigration, by 2026 Newfoundland and Labrador would like to welcome 5,100 newcomers per year.

As of May 2021, as stated by the provincial government, employers had made over 9,200 job offers in sectors from manufacturing to health care, resulting in more than 8,000 immigrants and their families moving into the region. As well, 275 new employees and 300 of their family members are now closer to permanent residency in Newfoundland and Labrador so far in 2021.

These successes are also due to the Atlantic Immigration Project (AIP), of which Newfoundland and Labrador is part. All four provinces that make up Atlantic Canada are involved in the project along with the Government of Canada. The AIP is meant to help attract skilled foreign workers and retain them, an aspect that has caused problems for the region in the past. However, a recent survey of newcomers to Atlantic Canada showed that 90 per cent of them were still living in the region after one year. Due to the AIP’s success, it will become permanent in 2022.

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