February 2023 News Bulletin


Want to help communities all over NL address their labour challenges and opportunities? Are you passionate about workforce development? Interested in coordinating projects to positively impact the province's labour force? NLWIC has an opportunity for you!

We're Hiring: Project Plan Implementation Coordinator

Full Time - Temporary - Commencing as soon as possible to March 31, 2025

Location: Corner Brook, CNA Campus

Salary:  CG-39 – $66,375.40 – $74,274.20 per annum

Deadline to Apply: February 17, 2023

The Project Plan Implementation Coordinator is responsible for developing and coordinating the implementation of detailed project plans based on the action plans developed by the Regional Workforce Development Committees (RWDCs) as part of the Rounds of the Action Planning Framework.

This position will report to the NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC)’s Director and will collaborate with the NLWIC Program Lead, Stakeholder Engagement and the Workforce Development and Engagement Coordinator as an active member of the NLWIC Action Team, in consultation with IPGS.

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Watch Panels from the NL Youth Employment & Education Summit

The NL Youth Employment & Education Summit took place November 23-24, 2022 in Corner Brook, NL. This event was presented by Choices For Youth and supported by the NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC). 

Four panels are available:

  • Innovative Approaches to Youth Employment & Training - What's Working - Q&A with Christine Young (CEO, YMCA of Western NL), Stacey Hoffe (Executive Director, Mokami Status of Women Centre), Scott Andrews (Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur), Rory Lambert (Training Lead, Choices for Youth), and Ian McDonald (Business Development Officer, CNA).

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CNA ranks high in Research Infosource report of Canadian Colleges

College of the North Atlantic

The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has a lot to celebrate following the release of the Research Infosource's Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges report for 2022.

Among the results for CNA are:

  • First-place ranking for applied research among colleges in Atlantic Canada for the third consecutive year (second place for research income growth);

  • Top 10 ranking in the number of paid student researchers nationally;
  • Top 15 ranking in the number of “Research Partnerships, Completed Research Projects and Research Income” from NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) nationally; and,

  • Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada: 24th across the country for applied research and innovation.

Through our research and innovation program activities, NLWIC is proud to help contribute to this incredible achievement by CNA, congrats!

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Upcoming Events

Elevating the Quality of Work for everyone Future Skills Centre, Feb. 28, 2023 1-3 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. NT), Virtual

Quality of Work (QoW) is about more than the job you’re doing or the money you make. This two-hour virtual event will feature interactive plenary discussions and deep-dive case studies with speakers from various industries, sectors, and geographies who are working to elevate QoW in Canada.

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Microaggressions in the Workplace Women in Resource Development, March 2, 2023 1-2:30 p.m. NT, Virtual

This training will help you and your organization understand the concept of microaggressions and the importance of addressing them in the workplace. Participants will understand what microaggressions are, their impacts on individuals, and learn practical strategies on how to effectively address microaggressions whether you are a target, a bystander, or a microaggressor.

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Taskforce NL + YMCA NL, March 2, 2023 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., YMCA Ridge Rd., St. John's NL

EMPLOYERS, FIND GREAT WORKERS at the TaskforceNL & YMCA Job Fair! Newcomers to Canada, these job-seekers will be looking for work in: Technology/IT, Education/Family/Child Services, Financial Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Medical and Healthcare, Retail, Legal and Social Justice and more! A limited number of employer spaces are available.

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Workforce Innovation in Action

CNA employee, alum presents work at CICan showcase College of the North Atlantic

Charlie Dalton doesn’t see many like them in the STEM world, so they feel it’s important for them to be “that person” for others coming up in those sectors and to help their communities.

The Office of Applied Research and Innovation intern at College of the North Atlantic (CNA), who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them, is also a graduate of the college’s Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program. They visited Ottawa in late 2022 to attend CICan on the Hill + Student Showcase – a two-day event that provides an opportunity for educational leaders to engage with parliamentarians.

Dalton attended the event to present research they did while working at CNA. “It was a great experience to be able to officially present work that I am proud of,” said Dalton.

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Work-Integrated Learning: Student Stories, Employer Priorities Business + Higher Education Roundtable

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable's new resource helps employers create more inclusive & diverse work-integrated learning opportunities for students.

EDI in WIL: Student Stories, Employer Priorities is a three-part series exploring Access and Awareness, Recruitment and Onboarding, and the WIL Experience.

This resource reflects and amplifies the student voices that are often unheard in the WIL ecosystem. BHER spoke with EDI leaders and nearly 100 equity-deserving students and recent graduates from across Canada. Together their stories paint a picture of lived experiences and expert perspectives that call out complex, systemic challenges in WIL but also outline priorities for employers, post-secondaries, and practitioners to build a more equitable, inclusive post-COVID WIL ecosystem.

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Skills development for innovation and growth: Insights from global initiatives

Future Skills Centre

Race Alongside the Machines: Occupational digitalization trends in Canada, 2006-2021

Brookfield Insitute

Labour Market Outcomes of Immigrant Youth: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic


Impact Report

Conference Board of Canada

Innovation Insights


Preparing for the future of work Magnet

Labour Force Links

Thank You

A special thanks to Chad Harnett, Public Relations Specialist with the College of the North Atantic Marketing Communications Department, who facilitated a photoshoot with the NLWIC team in January - the first time the seven of us had been photographed together!

The NLWIC team (left-right). Back: Melissa Feaver (Workforce Development & Engagement Coordinator), Joanne Kendrick (Research & Innovation Project Coordinator). Front: Lori-Ann Taylor-Banls (Administrative Officer), Susanne Dawe (Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator), Rebecca Thistle (Faculty Researcher), Sharon McLennon (Director), Sara Power (Media & Information Officer).

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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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