January 2022 News Bulletin
Thirty Regional Workforce Development Committee Action Planning Meetings Completed to Date
The Regional Workforce Development Committees have been busy since the launch of the project in November 2021 developing action plans to address workforce development needs specific to regions across the province. The NLWIC Team in charge of the project have completed 30 Committee Action Planning meetings to date.

The implementation of Regional Workforce Development Committees in ten regions across Newfoundland and Labrador is one of NLWIC's mandated activities. A concurrent research project funded by the Future Skills Centre will test and evaluate the design, setup and operations of these Regional Workforce Development Committees as a new model of workforce development in NL during this first year.

The team has also compiled Labour Market Information (LMI) for each region of the province and created 10 regional LMI Infographics sets - which NLWIC will be releasing in the future, so stay tuned!
Employment in 2030 Action Labs Project
NLWIC is proud to partner with Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BIEE) at Ryerson University on the final phase of the Employment in 2030 Action Labs project. 

Solutions to growing employment and labour market challenges in Canada are not one-size-fits-all. The 3-year Employment in 2030 Action Labs project contains valuable insights on how to improve Labour market data, along with 5 regional summaries containing specific challenges and ideas from workshop participants on how to address them. 

Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the regions explored by the project. The NL Action Labs focused on supporting career practitioners to support displaced, high skilled mid- to late-career (40+ years) job seekers to explore future-oriented skills and new, alternative careers in order to facilitate career transition.

NLWIC was approached by BIEE to collaborate as Atlantic Regional Workshop Convener for the prior phases of the Employment in 2030 project as well. Phase 2: Workshops’s report Signs of the Times: Expert insights about employment in 2030 delves into how experts expect jobs might change in the future. Phase 3: Forecast and accompanying report Ahead by a Decade summarizes the results of the project and explores the foundational and complementary skills essential for building a resilient workforce as well as introduces the innovative new Labour Market Information tool Forecast of Canadian Occupational Growth.
Engagement to Inform the Work of the Ministerial Committee on Anti-Racism
Recognizing the systemic and persistent nature of racism, the Ministerial Committee on Anti-Racism is working towards a diverse, inclusive, and equitable society that is void of racism and discrimination.

The Ministerial Committee on Anti-Racism has a mandate to learn about and seek solutions to racism in Newfoundland and Labrador and is comprised of the Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills; Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation; Minister of Education; and Minister of Justice and Public Safety.

Get Involved - The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is requesting input, as we collectively work together to seek solutions to longstanding and emerging issues related to racism.

The 15-minute questionnaire will be available until February 28, 2022.
Call for Proposals: Growing Multiculturalism in Newfoundland and Labrador
Immigration, Population Growth and Skills
January 14, 2022

In support of the 2026 provincial immigration target, and in recognition of March being officially regarded as Multiculturalism Month, the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills, today called for proposals for the Newfoundland and Labrador Multiculturalism Grant Program. This year the program will also be expanded to encourage cultural organizations to showcase and share their diversity.

Multiculturalism is growing in Newfoundland and Labrador. This growth gives us the opportunity to share unique experiences and traditions; an intercultural exchange that increases the vibrancy and connectedness of our communities. Increasing multiculturalism is also helping to foster welcoming and inclusive communities for newcomers, something that is essential to growing the provincial population in the years ahead.

Eligible applicants include cultural groups and associations, established non-profit community organizations, municipal governments, public entities such as schools, and non-governmental entities such as regional development authorities. Complete eligibility and application guidelines, including COVID-19 considerations are available here.

Today’s request for proposals will assist the province in reaching the ambitious goal of welcoming 5,100 newcomers annually by 2026, and in positioning Newfoundland and Labrador as a national leader on immigration settlement and retention.

“Our province wins when we celebrate the diverse communities and cultures of the people of who call Newfoundland and Labrador home. One of the highlights of my time as minister has been enjoying and exploring the many cultures of our province and I look forward to the many more experiences that will come from the organizations and municipalities that answer the call for proposals.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills

Meeting Atlantic Canada's Labour Skills Challenge Post COVID-19
Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
January 19. 2022

Reports of labour shortages were widespread in Atlantic Canada prior to COVID-19 and quickly reappeared during the recovery. From small business to large exporters, digital technology firms to non-profits, construction to health care, finding talent is an issue across the economy.
Our latest report is the first in a new series analyzing Atlantic Canada’s skills challenge. This initial report outlines the main causes of skills shortages, discusses the implications and offers some potential solutions to the challenge. Future reports will examine specific sectors in more depth. 
Ocean Leaders Impact Program Guidelines – Call for Proposals 

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has launched a second Canada-wide Call for Proposals under its Ocean Leaders Impact Program (OLIP). The program focuses on developing new opportunities and building on the experienced talent pool in Canada’s ocean economy. The Call will address important challenges in the innovation ecosystem by investing in projects that forge new partnerships, build on existing talent resources, and foster creative solutions that support small and medium-sized ocean enterprises (SMEs) as they grow.

The Ocean Leaders Impact Program Call for Proposals is designed for projects with a term ending by March 31, 2023. The OLIP Call is specifically targeting strategic opportunities that will attract experienced ocean talent and invest in current ocean leaders, partnering with projects that will:

  • Expand the highly skilled ocean talent pool through domestic recruitment efforts targeted outside the ocean economy;  
  • Support ocean SMEs ability to secure senior leaders and specialized talents from international markets;  
  • Focus on the near-term career advancement of employees with senior leadership potential with Canadian Ocean SMEs; and 
  • Advance leadership opportunities for diverse and underrepresented groups. 

The application process is now open, beginning with the Expression Interest (EOI) process. For consideration, organizations must submit a completed EOI by February 21, 2022, at 4 p.m. Atlantic time.
The Diversity Institute at Ryerson University has been employing a unique action-oriented, evidence-based approach for more than 20 years to better understand the barriers facing historically disadvantaged groups—women and non-binary individuals, Black people, Indigenous Peoples, other racialized groups, people with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals—and produce concrete change through our research, knowledge mobilization and innovative programming.

Their first-ever Impact Report highlights how their work has advanced diversity and inclusion in leadership, entrepreneurship, and the skills, innovation and employment ecosystem in Canada over the past five years.
Canadian Human Resources Metrics Benchmarking:
Critical Human Resources Metrics
Spokesperson: Lauren Florko
January 14, 2022

Build and refine the best Human Resources (HR) practices for managing your teams.

You need to understand the current business environment, but you also need to know what’s changing. Data from across Canadian industries and regions will help you see where you excel and where you can grow. We crunch the numbers for you, and provide digestible information so you can make quick decisions.

  • How do you compare with your peers and competitors?
  • How do you measure up?
  • What’s Canada up to?
Apply for funding to support workers and employers towards economic recovery - Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program
Employment and Social Development Canada
January 31, 2022

The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion has launched an Open Call for Proposals for the Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program (SWSP). Eligible projects will help connect thousands of Canadians with the training they need to access good jobs in in-demand sectors. Priority will be placed on projects that support underrepresented groups, including women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, racialized Canadians, newcomers, and LGBTQ2 Canadians, and will also promote a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The deadline to submit a proposal through the Open Call for Proposals is March 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Information sessions in each official language will be held on February 15, 2022. Participants can join online or by teleconference.
Upcoming Events
Driving action in Canada's skills ecosystem
Our nation’s labour market is undergoing massive change.
It’s being shaped by effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as unprecedented demographic shifts, economic changes and technological advances. To navigate these disruptions and foster the future prosperity of Canada, we must support the lifelong skills development of our workforce.

Join Future Skills Centre - Centre des Compétences futures on February 22-24, 2022 for a three-day summit with The Conference Board of Canada focused on driving skills development change in the workplace.
NL Organization of Women Entrepreneurs -
Rural Women Entrepreneurs Leading the Way in Tourism
Atlantic Women’s Business Series
This webinar series features interviews with distinguished women entrepreneurs from Atlantic Canada who will share their personal journey: how they got started in business, what obstacles they encountered, what they learned along the way, from whom they got the support and advice they would give to new businesses and those ready to expand.

February 9, 2022 - 1 - 2 p.m. (NST)
Women in Resource Development Corporation - Diversity, Inclusion and You
A highly effective and interactive session that helps participants navigate the complex issues around diversity and inclusion. Content focuses on the continuous process to an inclusive mindset, an introduction to unconscious bias, and the barriers and benefits to diversity and inclusion. With this increased knowledge and understanding, participants will learn to communicate more effectively and become more inclusive in their workplaces and day-to-day lives.

February 24, 2022 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Coming Soon #tipoftheiceberg
Stay tuned for updates from our NL Workforce Innovators' Research Projects funded by NLWIC including video from our October NL Workforce Innovators Roundtable 2021.
The 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. 

The Centre’s goal is to promote and support 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 market 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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