To support a plan to help Newfoundland and Labrador seize the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, reverse current demographic trends, and engage the people of the province on possible solutions, the Provincial Government has announced a series of public community workshop consultations to develop the Provincial Population Growth Strategy.
As highlighted in the 2013 Speech from the Throne, the Provincial Government established the Workforce Development and Productivity Secretariat to ensure labour market policies address increasing labour, skills and demographic challenges and opportunities. Given the strong connection between the labour market and population, discussion from the consultations will also contribute to the creation of a Workforce Development Strategy to inform the approach of the Workforce and Productivity Development Secretariat.
"Through these community workshops, we welcome and encourage people to provide input on developing strategies that will shape the future of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said the Honourable Joan Shea, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, who made the announcement this morning at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. “This is about fostering the long-term sustainability and vibrancy of our communities. At a time when we are experiencing unprecedented economic growth, with more people now employed in this province than ever before, there are demographic challenges that must be addressed in order to push our prosperity forward into the next decade.”
The accessible, informal sessions are being held in 11 communities across the province. To help guide discussions, Changing Course: A Discussion Paper on Population Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador
is available at www.gov.nl.ca/populationgrowth. Individuals can also provide feedback by visiting the website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A schedule for the community workshop consultation sessions can be found in the attached backgrounder. Persons who wish to pre-register or who have accessibility requirements may indicate this in their correspondence.
“Our economy is more vibrant than at any other time in our recent history, and with the help of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we will put the foundations in place to support the growth of our province, with the potential to be stronger than ever.” — Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement
“By engaging in informal, inclusive and open discussions through these roundtable community workshops across nine Rural Secretariat regions, we will help determine how best to grow our population and achieve long-term social and economic success,” said the Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement. “Our economy is more vibrant than at any other time in our recent history, and with the help of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we will put the foundations in place to support the growth of our province, with the potential to be stronger than ever.”
Dan Crummell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, will attend the sessions, which will focus on:
• Sustaining the well-being of communities;
• Supporting women and parents in having and raising children through family-friendly policies;
• Preparing Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to meet a growing demand for skilled labour;
• Retaining current residents;
• Encouraging ex-patriates to return to the province
• Improving immigrant attraction and retention;
• Fostering international student and graduate retention.