News Bulletin - November 2020
#tipoftheiceberg - A deep dive on ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that can and are having a positive impact on employability, employment and entrepreneurship in Newfoundland and Labrador and the workplace innovators who are leading them. 

On Thursday, November 26, 2020, we will be hosting our second webinar in our #tipoftheiceberg series featuring guest speakers from The Conference Board of Canada. Agenda and registration details to follow.

Mark your calendars and join us on
Thursday, November 26, 11 AM - 12 PM NLT
Small Business Assistance Program
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Budget 2020 outlined a commitment for a $30 million Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), including $25 million for eligible small businesses and $5 million for eligible non-profit community organizations. This new short-term program offered by the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology will provide financial support to eligible small businesses and non-profit community organizations to provide relief for the impacts felt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ulster Canada Initiative will be hosting it's 12th annual Laurentic Forum virtually this year, but it is still packed with interesting experts, discussion and content. The overarching theme for the Forum is set around Sustaining Coastal Communities and will run on November 10th. 12th 17th & 19th, 2020. We’ll be working in collaboration with regional stakeholders such as Inishowen Development Partnership, Udaras na Gaeltachta, ERNACT, Donegal County Council, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Failte Ireland.

Together with our Newfoundland partners such as the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, ACOA, the Marine Institute of NL, Centre for Social Enterprise at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, The Municipality of Port Rexton.
Supporting Black Canadian
Communities Initiative (SBCCI)
Join the Black Business Initiative (BBI) for an informative virtual session on the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI). The Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative was created by the Federal government through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to help increase the capacity of grassroot not-for-profit organizations serving Black communities in Canada. Using an intermediary delivery model, the initiative aims to increase access to and provide funding to support Black community organizations across Canada; enhance organizational governance and planning; support the organization through capacity building; and address and be inclusive of diverse Black communities.

The virtual session will cover:

  • SBBCI Overview
  • Application Process and Eligibility
  • Eligible Projects and Expenses
  • Funding Amounts and Granting Process
  • Other Requirements and Application Deadlines
Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador (SCNL) is partnering with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) to offer tuition opportunities to secondary and current post-secondary students, and financial support to graduating students, who demonstrate excellence in Skills Canada competitions.

Over the next five years, the program will provide entrance awards for secondary students of Newfoundland and Labrador enrolling at CNA campuses province-wide, as well as for current post- secondary students continuing their higher education.
Get closer to our work with The Conference Board of Canada’s Leadership Perspectives series. Each episode, we sit down with senior Conference Board leaders and researchers to discuss issues that affect Canadians. Topics include economics, education, sustainability, HR, and Indigenous and Northern perspectives.
Breakthroughs—a mini-series within our Leadership Perspectives podcast. Each episode, we’ll talk to a member of The Conference Board of Canada’s Council for Innovation and Commercialization about their plans, successes, and challenges in making Canadian lives better.

Richard Chartrand, 3M’s USAC R&D Operations and Canada Sustainability Leader, explains how 3M is balancing sustainability and innovation—and how a company known for over 100 years of ingenuity is planning a better future for everyone.

Learn more about 3M’s initiatives at

This is the fifth episode of Breakthroughs, our mini-series presented by the Council for Innovation and Commercialization.
Matching Job Postings and the
Job Vacancy Wage Survey

LMI Insight Report no. 36 — How Representative Are Online Job Postings? explains how online job postings can complement survey data to better understand labour demand. This Insight examines the extent to which online job postings are concentrated in certain occupations, sectors and regions.
The World Economic Form "The Future of Jobs" report maps the jobs and skills of the future, tracking the pace of change. It aims to shed light on the pandemic-related disruptions in 2020, contextualized within a longer history of economic cycles and the expected outlook for technology adoption, jobs and skills in the next five years.
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 in 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.