What is Welcome NL?

Welcome NL is a project of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, and the Department of Advanced Education Skills and Labour, that focuses on building capacity in communities to welcome and retain immigrants. Among other things, Welcome NL offers communities a toolkit of resources to raise awareness and offer guidance on welcoming.

To be successful, every idea needs a champion, someone who can take hold of it and push it along, who can fire imaginations, build a team, and get things moving.

Why is immigration important for NL?

Newfoundland and Labrador is facing significant demographic challenges. We have Canada’s most rapidly-aging population and the country’s lowest birth rate. In fact, it’s projected that by 2025 there will be a 10 percent decline in our working-age population. This represents 35,000 fewer people in the labour market. Among other things this drastic decrease could lead to reduced tax revenues which may lead to reduced resources for our communities. Immigration is one important way the province can help address these challenges.

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How can I make my community more welcoming?

Establishing successful welcoming communities takes the commitment of both individuals and teams. Champions offer passion and focus. Teams can offer useful stakeholder perspectives, broader reach into the community, and extra resources and ideas. A collaborative approach that embraces common goals across all parties can prevent the time constraints that can come from solo efforts.