On August 12, 2021, the Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino announced that the federal government will be extending the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Agreement for another year till July 31, 2022. This agreement was first signed in 2016. This agreement set out the objectives, roles and responsibilities for federal-provincial cooperation.
This is the agreement that allows the government of Newfoundland and Labrador to nominate foreign workers with skills and experience relevant to the local labor market. This agreement also allows the government to meet federal and provincial immigration objectives.
Why Was This Agreement Renewed?
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has agreements with almost all Canadian provinces and territories regarding immigration objectives. These agreements state the IRCC’s relationship with every province and the roles and responsibilities of both parties.
Gerry Byrne, Immigration Minister of Newfoundland and Labrador says that this extension will allow the province necessary time to settle more newcomers till 2022. This will also provide the province with necessary time to negotiate with the IRCC for a new agreement that will allow the province to welcome 5,100 new permanent residents every year by 2026.