Virtual Fairs Offer Opportunity for Employers in Newfoundland and Labrador to Recruit Foreign Workers
Newfoundland and Labrador is taking steps to address ongoing labor shortages by hosting a series of virtual Canada jobs fairs. These fairs aim to assist employers in recruiting foreign workers who can help fill their staffing needs. The initiative is being led by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills.
The virtual fairs are free of charge and will be held between September 20, 2023, and March 27, 2024. The first fair will focus on the East and South East Asia and Oceania regions. This proactive approach is in response to the significant increase in immigration that the province has experienced in recent years. In the first seven months of this year alone, Newfoundland saw a staggering immigration boom of 109.5% compared to the same period last year, resulting in 3,540 new permanent residents.
This growth rate makes Newfoundland and Labrador the province with the fastest rate of immigration growth in the country. A significant contributor to this increase has been the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which witnessed a growth of 351.6% in the number of new permanent residents during the first seven months of this year. This program has brought 1,850 more newcomers to the province than during the same period last year.
In line with its commitment to sustained population growth, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador aims to welcome 5,100 newcomers annually by 2026. To achieve this goal, the province is actively promoting these virtual employment fairs as a means for employers to access an international talent pool. The fairs offer employers the opportunity to connect with prospective international candidates, review resumes, and schedule interviews. The focus will be on in-demand sectors such as healthcare, early childhood education, technology, and hospitality.
Employers who are interested in participating can register online and submit any questions they may have. Although an online information session for employers was held earlier this month, those who missed it can still access the information and register for the upcoming fairs.
Foreign workers interested in working in Canada can obtain work permits through programs such as the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) or the International Mobility Program (IMP). Once they have gained Canadian work experience, they often have the opportunity to apply for permanent residence. The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is a popular option for employers in Newfoundland and Labrador. This program offers a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from Canadian institutions who wish to work and live in any of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces.
In addition to the AIP, foreign nationals can also apply under programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), the Federal Skilled Trades (FST), or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). These programs provide opportunities for individuals to immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador and contribute to its growing economy.
For those interested in pursuing opportunities in Canada, immigration.ca offers expertise through its in-house recruitment enterprise skilledworker.com. They provide comprehensive recruitment packages to help employers identify and hire the best individuals from abroad.
In conclusion, Newfoundland and Labrador’s virtual fairs offer a valuable opportunity for employers to recruit foreign workers and address ongoing labor shortages. With the province experiencing significant growth in immigration, these fairs are an effective way to connect with international talent. By actively promoting these fairs and supporting programs that facilitate immigration, Newfoundland and Labrador is positioning itself as an attractive destination for both employers and foreign workers looking to build a future in Canada.