April 2022 News Bulletin
NLWIC Updates
NLWIC Director Sharon McLennon delivered an in-person panel presentation at the CICan 2022 CONNECTION Conference on Tuesday, April 26 in Halifax, NS.

The presentation explored the impact NLWIC is having provincially, nationally and internationally, through collaborations and NLWIC-funded research projects - especially concerning the 8 projects that are finished to date (more on this to come)!

Watch NL Workforce Innovators Roundtable Videos

For each proponent who participated in the NL Workforce Innovators Roundtable, you can watch a 6 to 9-minute video detailing project updates.

Bringing the Real World into the Virtual Classroom
By: Geoff Pevlin, NLWIC Media/Information Student Assistant

In what’s being touted as a win-win-win scenario, CNA’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI) has teamed up with Municipalities NL (MNL) and the college’s Tourism & Hospitality program for a unique real-world educational experience for students.
The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada 2022
Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

Diverse women entrepreneurs, including Black women and other racialized women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, have been among those most affected by the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the array of challenges, women entrepreneurs have demonstrated an incredible resilience, ingenuity, and ability to innovate amid uncertainty.

This report provides an update on the state of women’s entrepreneurship in Canada based on a synthesis of existing research and the results of new research.
Connecting the dots: Several NLWIC-Funded Research Projects include a focus on women. Of particular relevance to this Report, and for further learning, check out Genesis' Research Project: Exploring Ways to Foster Innovation in Technology Entrepreneurship through Increased Female Participation and Immigration Initiatives.
Demographics, technology and sustainability are among several shifts changing the jobs, skills and work arrangements that will be needed in the future. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated many of these changes and brought new labour force issues to the forefront.

This report examines five overarching trends and how they may affect the future of work in Atlantic Canada. Employers, workers, training institutions and governments will need to work together to facilitate a healthy, inclusive and sustainable labour market in light of these shifts. This report is the fourth in a series examining the labour skills challenge in the region.
NEW Canadian Job Trends Dashboard
Labour Market Information Council (LMIC)

Check out LMIC's latest newsletter, with information on their new Canadian Job Trends Dashboard tool - including a webinar, what's new in Canadian job trends, emerging research on the Future of Work, and more!
A dynamic new generation of Indigenous professionals can take the lead in managing their communities’ unique corporate services. Indigenous skilled labour is critical to realizing a new vision of economic reconciliation where First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities control their economic futures.

Indigenous finance, management, and other corporate service professionals have important roles to play as their communities navigate evolving economic relationships to create long-term prosperity.
In the News

Programs, services to ensure well-being and supports for students, alumni
Executive Council & Immigration, Population Growth and Skills
Immigration, Population Growth and Skills

CNA Centre for Television & Film announced
Upcoming Events
Business Bootcamp
St. John's Board of Trade
May 9 – 10, 2022 |The Delta St. John's Conference Centre (In-person)

This event is built for busy businesspeople who don’t have time to sit back, zone out, and take it all in. Instead, it’s going to be a sleeves-rolled-up, fast-paced look at topics that help your business grow.

If there's a nagging business issue you just can't solve, or a topic you've been avoiding and can't any longer, you’ll want to check out the many workshops and M2M networking sessions. There will also be panels and expert speakers, and you'll be doing the work as you learn in your official Business Bootcamp Workbook.
Ocean Allies Speaker Series: Gender Partnership
Ocean Allies
May 18, 2022 | Virtual – 1:30 p.m. NDT

Join Lesley Parrott-Galgay to learn more about gender partnership - men as allies and sponsers at work.

The first half of the session will begin with Lesley opening the session with a presentation around gender partnership, followed by an open Q&A session! The second half of the session will give you an opportunity to network with Lesley, and people within Canada's ocean sector.
Canadian Immigration Summit 2022: Driving Innovation, Resilience, and Responsiveness
The Conference Board of Canada
May 24 – 26, 2022 | Virtual

Featured speakers include:
  • The Honourable Ratna Omidvar - Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada
  • Armine Yalnizyan - Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow, Future of Workers
  • Corinne Pohlmann - Senior Vice-President, National Affairs and Partnerships, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors
The Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) & the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF)
May 25 – 27, 2022 | Université du Québec à Rimouski (Hybrid)

Issues related to sustainability and the environment, rural-urban interdependencies, access to information, and the instability of both global and local markets are changing the way we think about rural development.

The conference will explore themes relating to how the public, private, and civil society sectors are developing new and innovative ways to collaborate and enhance economic activity in rural communities.
Skills Compass: Career Readiness Program For Youth 18-30
CNA Prince Philip Drive Campus
Start Date: June 6, 2022 | Deadline to apply: May 27, 2022

This no-cost 12-week program will help unemployed newcomer youth build the foundation for employment and education. Benefits include a living allowance, paid work experience, a completion bonus, and a head start on your career journey.

Skills Compass helps engage young Canadians who are currently not in employment, education or training to develop the life skills, essential skills and career readiness they need to go back to school and prepare for a career.
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The NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) was established by the provincial government in 2017 and is administered by College of the North Atlantic (CNA) with 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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