September 2022 News Bulletin
NLWIC Updates
September has arrived and with it, students are back in classrooms at Corner Brook’s College of the North Atlantic (CNA) Campus – where NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC)’s headquarters are located. The halls at all 17 CNA campuses across the province are filled with new energy – excitement, change, potential.

On the NLWIC front, our team spent the summer planning and preparing, and now that fall is (almost) here, we’re on the brink of announcements, news and events related to workforce development and innovation– stay tuned!

In the meantime, this is a good opportunity to reflect on NLWIC's mission and vision:
Mission: To innovate workforce and workplace development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Vision: To lead a sustainable and innovative workforce development ecosystem that accelerates the economic growth and prosperity of Newfoundland and Labrador.
These statements were constructed by the team in a strategic planning session last spring as we reflected on the last five years and planned ahead for the future. This mission and vision leads NLWIC in everything we do; it's the reason for our team to come to work every day and the purpose driving our six core activities.

Like everywhere else in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador's labour market dynamics are changing, which is creating issues with labour shortages, skills shortages and skills mismatching - but there are also opportunities. NLWIC will continue to research and share ideas and models of innovation that will positively impact employability, employment and entrepreneurship within the province's workforce.
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FREE Essential Skill Workshops
Academy Canada
Build valuable employment skills with Academy Canada's FREE Essential Skill Workshops. Sessions to be held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm unless otherwise specified (subject to change).

St. John’s
Time Management, Planning & Goal Setting – September 6, 13, 20, 27
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving – October 10, 17, 24, November 1
Oral Communication – November 8, 15, 22, 29
More sessions to be scheduled on – December 1, 8, 15, 22 (Thursday evenings)

Corner Brook
Working with Others – September 6, 13, 20, 27
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving – October 10, 17, 24, November 1
Time Management, Planning & Goal Setting – November 8, 15, 22, 29
Personal Management, Adaptability & Self-Awareness – December 1, 8, 15, 22

Labrador (Various Sites)
Session schedule to be determined.
Enhancing Employability Through Soft Skills Development is a research project led by Academy Canada and funded by the NL Workplace Innovation Centre (NLWIC) at College of the North Atlantic (CNA) through the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.
Innovation Week 2022
techNL will be hosting Innovation Week 2022 from October 4 – 6 at the St. John’s Convention Centre. This will be the ninth annual Innovation Week, which brings together Newfoundland and Labrador’s business community, students and public and private partners in a series of events. Innovation Week will engage, educate and inspire attendees, help fuel growth and showcase the energy and momentum of the technology and innovation sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. We will bring together exciting keynotes, panels and networking to discuss high growth and scaling and talent.
NLWIC will be hosting an event in partnership with techNL's Innovation Week in Corner Brook - Stay tuned for details!
Social and Economic Well-Being Plan
Well-being means having what we need to create and maintain the lives we want for ourselves. Well-being includes our health, financial security and enjoying what we do every day. It also means having positive relationships, and feeling like we belong in our community.

The Provincial Government is developing a renewed approach to addressing poverty, as well as increasing focus on well-being for children, youth and their families. There is a close link between reducing poverty and improving well-being. Therefore, this work will be combined under a Social and Economic Well-Being Plan.

The Department of Children, Seniors, and Social Development is inviting members of the public, organizations and interest groups, to provide feedback to assist in the development of this Plan.

The deadline to participate is October 3, 2022.
Ageism Consultation
Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors
The Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum (FPT Seniors Forum) has launched a consultation on ageism. We are looking to better understand and address the negative impacts of ageism towards older adults in Canada.

Share your views on ageism by taking the questionnaire. Share a story in the online forum if you or someone you know has been affected by ageism, or email it privately.

The deadline to complete the questionnaire and submit a story is September 30, 2022.

Your perspectives, experiences and stories will help kick-start an important conversation on ageism and the misconceptions about aging in Canada.
Atlantic Immigration Program
Immigration and Citizenship Canada
The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is a federal immigration program that helps employers recruit skilled international workers and international graduates to meet labour needs. The AIP strengthens Newfoundland and Labrador's ability to attract and retain a skilled workforce by using an innovative approach to immigrant selection.

This approach involves closer coordination between governments, employers, communities, and settlement agencies to improve the retention of immigrants.
CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program
Colleges & Institutes Canada
The CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program provides financial support to first time college and institute students that demonstrate financial need and who often face greater challenges and barriers to participate and complete post-secondary education.

Students must contact the registrar office of the college or institute where they are enrolled by Friday, September 16, 2022 in order to express their interest and justify their need for financial support.

Institutions must submit an application on behalf of their student by Friday, October 28, 2022.
Watch: Advancing Organizational Diversity: The 50 - 30 Challenge
Diversity Institute
Watch the August 23 webinar discussion about diversity in the workplace, the opportunities and tools available to SMEs, and “what works” in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion strategies.

  • Wendy Cukier – Founder and Academic Director, Diversity Institute
  • Nadine Spencer – President & CEO, Black Business and Professional Association
  • Sanjana Vijayann – Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
  • Jennifer Laidlaw – Country Head, 30% Club Canada
  • Nancy Mitchell – Program Manager, Diversity Institute
In the News
Upcoming Events
Career Champions: Helping employees and job seekers reflect on their career plan
Magnet, September 15, 2:30 p.m. NL Time - Virtual/Recorded
Join leaders as they share their personal and organizational experiences and learnings on the importance of reflection as it relates to career planning and organizational resourcing, and as a means of building future ready communities, employers, employees, and job seekers.
Canada's Ocean Ambition: Shaping the Next Phase of the OSC - NL Canada's Ocean Supercluster, In-person - September 16,
9 a.m. - St. John's Convention Center - OSC Current August 2022
A strategic conversation to reflect on the achievements and lessons learned from the first mandate of the OSC and have a curated conversation on the OSC’s future strategy, build our ecosystem further through transformational projects and programming, and help drive digital, sustainable and inclusive growth in ocean.
Creating a Respectful Workplace
Women in Resource Development (WRDC), September 20,
9 a.m. - Virtual
This workshop will provide you with the information and supports needed to create and maintain a respectful and inclusive work environment. It will cover topics of harassment, discrimination, and bullying. In addition, it examines the ways that leaders, managers, supervisors, and employees can work together to build and maintain a respectful and inclusive work environment.
Community Connection - Welcoming Newcomers to our Community Spicer Facilitation & Learning, September 20,
11:30 a.m. - Virtual
Increased diversity in NL is providing an opportunity to learn from different cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Debbie Brown and Roshayne Mendis of Association for New Canadians (ANC) will discuss ways to connect with newcomers in our communities, increase awareness of cultural values, and share opportunities for everyone to volunteer and contribute to the well-being of all.
MUN & CNA Career and Graduate School Fair
September 21 - Hybrid
Meet many of the best and the brightest students and graduates Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer.

Inform students, recent graduates, and alumni about your organization, available positions, graduate programs and raise awareness about your company's profile on campus.
The future-ready workforce series: The future of working together University of Waterloo Work-Learn Institute, September 21 - 2:30 p.m. NL Time - Virtual - Work-Learn Insight August 2022
Join researchers from the University of Waterloo’s Work-Learn Institute as they share research findings about social interaction and relationships in remote and hybrid work contexts. You’ll also hear from Waterloo co-op students about their own experiences and from industry leaders about their strategies to establish strong teams and organizational networks in remote/hybrid work settings.
Economic Recovery Growth Symposium NLOWE, October 5 - 9:30 a.m. - Corduroy Brook Nature Centre, Grand-Falls Windsor
Join NLOWE for a day of engaging conversations with a panel of entrepreneurs, stakeholders and industry experts. This Symposium will focus on women in business, regional successes, and challenges as we move forward with economic recovery and growth from the Pandemic.
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Established in 2017 by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by College of the North Atlantic, NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) has a provincial mandate to provide a coordinated, central point of access to engage all labour market stakeholders about challenges, opportunities and best practices in workforce development.

NLWIC’s goal is to promote 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 force and particularly underrepresented groups. Funding for NLWIC is provided by the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.
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