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Government to N.L. ex-pats: come back home

Transportation and Works Minister Al Hawkins
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Minister Al Hawkins. - SaltWire Network

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The provincial government is setting its sights on bringing Newfoundland and Labrador’s sons and daughters who have moved to other provinces and countries back home.

Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Minister Al Hawkins announced $22,800 in funding today, Feb. 22, for Memorial University’s Office of Alumni Affairs to organize four events to reach out to Newfoundland and Labrador expatriates in Canada and the United Kingdom.

The first of those will be held in Ottawa this Sunday.

“Encouraging Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living abroad to return home helps our economy and communities,” Hawkins said in a news release.

“Identifying the conditions necessary to facilitate their return aligns with our government’s efforts to address demographic challenges and support private sector job creation and economic development.”

The department also announced Goss Gilroy Inc. will carry out a survey of expatriates to understand why they left the province and what would bring them back.

The survey, which is being circulated through social media and other communications, can be completed online at

Goss Gilroy Inc. was selected through a request for proposals, the news release indicated.

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