Newfoundland & Labrador immigration has published a list of eight in-demand health occupations that are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessments in the province.
The province says the occupations are considered in-demand in both the public and private sectors, and the exemption includes the provincial job vacancy assessment and advertising requirements under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
The eight occupations are:
- Physicians (NOC 3112)
- Nurse Practitioners (NOC 3124)
- Licensed Practice Nurses (NOC 3233)
- Personal Care Attendants (NOC 4412, 3413)
- Clinical Psychologists (NOC 4151)
- Medical Physicist (NOC 2111)
- Radiation Therapists (NOC 3215)
- Dosimetrists (NOC 3215)
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The Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) features three categories for skilled workers and international graduates:
- Express Entry Skilled Worker
- Skilled Worker
- International Graduate
It is also part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), a joint federal-provincial program targeting skilled workers and international students.
The move to relax requirements for candidates in one of the eight medical professions listed above is designed to attract more new immigrants in those fields.
Newfoundland has enjoyed considerable success in attracting more new permanent residents in the last two years.
The latest figures show the province welcomed 1,850 new immigrants in 2019, a 64 percent increase on 2015.
Canada’s Atlantic provinces are at the sharp end of the country’s problem with ageing populations and shrinking labour markets.
Federal and provincial governments are attempting to increase immigration to help plug some of the gaps in the labour market.
In recent history, the region, which includes the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as well as Newfoundland, has faced problems with attracting and retaining new permanent residents.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is one-way officials are trying to bring more immigrants to the region.
The employer-led program is set to become permanent this year after three years with pilot status.
Three streams operate under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which target different types of candidates.
1) Atlantic High-Skilled
The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is aimed at skilled workers with management, professional or technical/skilled job experience. There are also other requirements. The job offer must last for at least one year.
Read more about the Atlantic High-Skilled Program.
2) Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled
The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is aimed at candidates for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also other requirements. The job offer must be permanent.
Read more about the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program.
3) Atlantic International Graduate
The Atlantic International Graduate Program is aimed at candidates who have a degree, diploma or other credential from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The job offer must last for at least one year.
Read more about the Atlantic International Graduate Program.