News Bulletin - February 2021
New ‘Ideas Lab’ and English Language Testing
will Support Immigration

Immigration, Skills and Labour
January 11, 2021

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Immigration, Skills and Labour today announced over $700,000 to further support immigration at College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus.

With assistance from the Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement, an investment of $600,000 over two years will establish an Economic Immigration Ideas Lab, located at the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre, administered by CNA from its Corner Brook campus. The lab will bring together leaders in communities, business, labour, and post-secondary education to incubate new approaches to increase immigration.

The Provincial Government is also investing more than $100,000 to ensure newcomers to Western Newfoundland and Labrador are able to complete required English language testing. This funding will enable Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus to become a designated Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) testing site.

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provincial Government continues to plan for future growth and to meet the 2022 target of increasing immigration to 2,500 new permanent residents annually, subject to the established COVID-19 special measures orders and guidelines.

“All successful immigration initiatives rely on collaboration between government and community partners. The Economic Immigration Ideas Lab at College of the North Atlantic will help ensure innovative ideas based on the unique experience of leaders in Newfoundland and Labrador are brought to the forefront. Similarly, building English language testing capability at Memorial University’s Grenfell campus is a smart investment to ensure newcomers to the western region are able to complete more of the immigration process close to home. Newcomers who study at CNA Corner Brook and the Memorial University Grenfell campus get to experience the beauty, excitement, and joy of living in one of the most beautiful corners of the world – and they often want to stay.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Immigration, Skills and Labour

“College of the North Atlantic has seen tremendous growth in its international student population over the past several years. These students have contributed immensely to our campuses and our communities, whether it is culturally or with their ideas, enthusiasm, and participation in the workforce. We are confident the Economic Immigration Ideas Lab is another way we can cultivate an environment that is more attractive in retaining them once they graduate. We appreciate every opportunity to work with the province to make this a success.”
Liz Kidd, President and CEO
College of the North Atlantic

“Supporting internationalization is of utmost importance for the region and the province. Over the past decade the number of international students at Grenfell Campus, MUN, has grown more than four-fold. This new testing site will give us agency to strengthen international growth in our region and throughout the province, and will uphold our goal to sustain overall enrolment, enhance diversity, and help attract and produce highly educated and skilled newcomers for Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Dr. Jeff Keshen
Vice-president (Grenfell campus) Memorial University
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Yesterday’s Gone: Exploring the future of Canada’s labour market in a post-COVID world
NLWIC was the Atlantic Region partner with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) at Ryerson University in the national Employment in 2030 research project in 2019. The Director of NLWIC, Sharon McLennon, was on the Advisory Committee. The Trends Report, Yesterday's Gone, was one of the publications arising from the project, and the innovative forecasting tool developed as a result called the Forecast for Canadian Occupational Growth (FCOG).

NLWIC and BII+E continue to build on this initial partnership with a collaboration on the follow-up action to that Employment in 2030 research project, the national Employment in 2030 Action Labs project, which kicked off in NL last week. Virtual workshops are planned for March and April to bring together various potential end-users representing labour market stakeholders. They will suggest prototypes using the FCOG tool that can be further tested and showcased in a national event later in 2021. 

Canada's economy is adapting to a host of recent changes, from a rapid shift to remote work, to altered global power dynamics, and uneven responses to the climate emergency. The extent of these changes and the level of uncertainty about the future has been amplified by COVID-19. In this environment, it is critical to understand the breadth of potential changes ahead so we can better prepare workers for the future of Canada’s labour market.
Yesterday’s Gone identifies eight megatrends and 34 related meso trends with the potential to impact employment in Canada by 2030. The goal of this research is to explore these technological, social, economic, environmental and political changes and to inform the design of skills-demand programs and policy responses.

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new uncertainties about our future trajectories. Imaginative and exploratory thinking can help leaders consider the broad range of potential challenges around the corner—and prepare for what is to come.
Celebrating International Development Week
International Development Week (IDW) is an annual initiative held during the first week of February since 1991 to engage Canadians on global issues.

This year's theme, “Go for the Goals”, refers to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and illustrates the idea of moving forward in a collaborative and positive way toward a better world through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to shift the world toward a less wasteful, less destructive and more sustainable and equitable mindset. One where no one goes hungry, no one feels unsafe, and no one is left behind.

While this Agenda involves ambitious goals, we can achieve them if we #GoForTheGoals together.
Continue reading to learn more about Coady Institute's IDW events and announcements.

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College of the North Atlantic ranks first in Atlantic Canada for college applied research
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has claimed the top spot for applied research among colleges in Atlantic Canada and placed 16th overall in the country (up from 26th last year) in Research Infosource’s Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges.

“We are extremely proud of CNA’s rankings in the Top 50 Applied Research Colleges in Canada,” Liz Kidd, CNA’s President and CEO, said. “It represents the incredible hard work and commitment of the entire team at the Office of Applied Research and Innovation, college faculty, and the many students we engage in applied research projects.”

Kidd says there are many factors that have contributed to the elevated ranking, and she is delighted CNA has also placed ninth in the country for overall research growth.
Call for passionate and diverse representatives to
shape new career-guidance tools for Canadians
The Labour Market Information Council is seeking experts to join their Career Guidance Stakeholder Committee. The committee will support their joint project with the Future Skills Centre to create career-guidance tools for Canadians. They welcome nominations from people of diverse backgrounds, including members of equity-seeking groups.

Be sure to apply before February 19, 2021.
The NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC), administered by the College of the North Atlantic (CNA), has a provincial mandate to provide a coordinated, central point of access to engage all labour market stakeholders about challenges, opportunities related to the labour market in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as best practices in workforce development.

The Centre’s goal is to promote and support the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact employability, employment, and entrepreneurship within the province’s labour market and particularly under-represented groups. Funding for NLWIC is provided by the Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour (ISL) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.