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Canada: Expansion of Immigrant Eligibility and Extension of the Pathways Job-Matching Deadline

The Minister for Immigration, Population Increase, and Skills, Gerry Byrne, on September 29, opened the newcomer section of Pathways Job Matching to help promote population growth by increasing immigration. Since then, the department has received unexpected queries from international graduates from throughout Canada who want to live and work in Newfoundland and Labrador and would like to use this program to help them find work.

As a result, the department is now accepting applications from overseas graduates living anywhere in Canada who have valid post-graduate work permits. The Pathways Job Matching program is now accepting applications from job searchers who meet the following criteria:

  • Openwork permit holders living throughout Canada
  • International graduates with post-graduate work permit living throughout Canada.

The deadline for submitting applications has been extended till further notice due to the expansion of eligibility. International graduates, spouses of international students, and individuals with open work permits in Canada who want to relocate to the province are encouraged to visit here and complete the online registration form as part of ongoing efforts to increase immigration to 5,100 permanent residents annually by 2026.

Each candidate will be required to submit an electronic version of their work permit, resume, and employment classification on the form. Applicants who have questions should contact

The department’s staff will then seek to connect this group of new applicants to participating firms’ labor needs. Applicants should review the background below for more information on the privacy, gathering, use, and sharing of information for newcomers and employers. The program’s employer recruitment part is still open. Employers interested in participating can fill an application online.

The Provincial Government’s dedication to minimizing the obstacles experienced by newcomers, their families, employers, and organizations is reflected in its latest population growth program. It’s one of several initiatives aimed at tripling yearly immigration by 2026, including:

  • Assisting newcomer integration and settlement, including recruitment and training, recognition of foreign qualifications, language instruction, cultural support, and other activities to assist newcomers in adjusting to their new home and fostering a feeling of belonging.
  • Creating a new online application system to make settling in Newfoundland and Labrador easier and faster for newcomers to Canada. The system will be user-friendly, with more features for both applicants and companies.
  • Launching promotional and marketing initiatives aimed at luring potential inhabitants from throughout Canada and the globe.
  • Increasing immigration personnel, especially personnel to assist employers with immigrants and to aid newcomers in navigating the system. Employee competence in settlement and integration, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion, will be enhanced.
  • Adding English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors to the K-12 education system, building on the two prior budgets’ investments in additional ESL employment.
  • To better accommodate newcomers, provincial government employees will receive more training.

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