The Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Paul Davis, yesterday announced an initiative to attract more skilled immigrants to the province than ever before.
Speaking at the Association for New Canadians AXIS Career Services Centre in St. John’s, Premier Davis revealed that the province would be adopting the Express Entry system as part of its Provincial Nominee Programme, and increasing its skilled immigrant target by 550 places.
“In an evolving labour market, it is important that we have the best tools available to ensure employers have access to the skilled workers they need to fill jobs,” Premier Davis said. “The Express Entry Skilled Worker Category provides employers with the ability to identify and select candidates who meet their labour needs, and features a commitment from the Federal Government to process their immigration applications in six months or less, a reduction of about 50 per cent.”
The Premier added: “Our first priority is always to employ Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, but when that is not possible, the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category will encourage more skilled workers to come work here and call our province home, which is key to growing our population.”
Applicants who apply under the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category are awarded points based on their language abilities, work experience, education and other factors that have been proven to contribute to successful economic integration in Canada. They are then placed into the Express Entry pool and ranked against other applicants. Express Entry candidates who have a valid job offer or a provincial nomination will quickly receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency.
“The Express Entry Skilled Worker category is an improved way to provide more skilled immigrants with easier access to achieving Permanent Resident status in Newfoundland and Labrador and it promotes this province as a more attractive choice when pursuing their careers,” said Megan Morris, Executive Director of the Association for New Canadians. “The Association for New Canadians will be ready to assist them in their transition as they begin their jobs and build lives here in this province.”
The province’s immigration system will now aim to attract 1,050 workers each year.