College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has a role in the province's Roundtable on Immigration initiative.
CNA President & CEO, Dr. Bill Radford, joined many representatives from across the province as permanent members of the roundtable discussion panel. Led by the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, the group held its inaugural meeting in St. John's Wednesday.
Members representing the business community, labour, the K-12 education system, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, community organizations and service providers discussed shared priorities in attracting and retaining newcomers to Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).
The inaugural meeting also included an update on actions in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador, the province’s collaborative immigration action plan. The plan outlines 39 priority initiatives, of which 25 are fully implemented or ongoing.
Members discussed the role their organizations may play in achieving the plan’s future actions and identifying new initiatives to increase immigration. A list of the roundtable members is provided in the backgrounder below.
A second meeting of the Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration, a key commitment in the immigration action plan, will be held in spring 2018. The Provincial Government has committed to increasing immigration to the province to 1,700 newcomers annually by 2022.
“The first meeting of the Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration was an opportunity for members to meet each other and begin a strategic discussion to plan collaborative actions for the next two to five years. I am impressed by the members’ enthusiasm and heartfelt desire to address the province’s demographic challenges by identifying initiatives to increase immigration helping to ensure the province’s future social and economic growth and prosperity.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
To see the full panel of permanent and visiting members, visit: News Releases
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Additional information is available at:
The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador - www.aesl.gov.nl.ca/publications/pdf/ImmigrationPlan.pdf
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism - nlimmigration.ca/
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour