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The results of a new report has found that increasing immigration levels should be the number one priority facing the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador over the next five years. A report carried out by The Conference Board of Canada on behalf of The Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council, revealed that the province has the oldest population in Canada and is not attracting enough immigrants to replace retiring workers. “That’s going to be the number one challenge I think for the province, explains Pedro Antunes, Deputy Chief Economist of The Conference Board of Canada. “Not only are you seeing a decline in GDP, but that means very weak government revenues and an aging population that requires health care and other services.” The push to attract more immigrants has been warmly welcomed by many employers in the province, such as Cynthia Crosbie or Crosbie Group Limited, who told CBC, “To keep the workforce that are qualified and competent there is a huge challenge so to be able to bring in some new immigrants and train them into the way we perform roles is very critical.” As yet, there are no details about how Newfoundland and Labrador will go about attracting new immigrants, although the province does operate its own Provincial Nominee Programme. For more details on this programme, visit www.nlpnp.ca

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