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In-demand Jobs in Newfoundland & Labrador (2023)

Updated: January 1st, 2023

A new dawn beckons as the sun's rays gently warm the easternmost American province of Newfoundland & Labrador in Atlantic Canada. For only a few moments the province baths in sunlight every morning while the rest of the continent remains dark. As the ancient landing site of the Vikings awakens so does its blossoming economy.    

The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland & Labrador is a five-year immigration plan aimed at increasing immigration to the beautiful and serene maritime province. The plan has brought in thousands of skilled immigrants who are helping boost the province economy, which currently has the third-highest GDP in Canada. Service industries account for the largest share of the province's GDP, followed closely by mining, oil production, manufacturing, and fishing.  

So, let's take a closer look at how the Newfoundland & Labrador provincial nomination program (NLPNP) works, and what are the top in-demand jobs in Newfoundland & Labrador in 2022.  

How Does the NLPNP Work?

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The Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) nominates over a thousand skilled workers who meet the eligibility criteria every year to the IRCC for permanent residency. You can apply via the Newfoundland & Labrador government website. In-demand occupations in the province include long-haul truck drivers, skilled cooks and butchers, and a number of other occupations as seen below:    

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada can apply for permanent residency (PR) through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). Applicants that have a valid job offer in the NOC 0, A, B, or C categories and meet the other eligibility requirements can apply for PR at the same time as they apply for their work permit.    

Skilled Workers Stream & Atlantic Immigration Pilot
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
9462 Industrial Butchers
9463 Fish and seafood plant workers

Skilled Workers Stream

The in-demand jobs in Canada under this category are broad and therefore classified under three major skill types namely; Jobs in Management (O), Professional Jobs (A), and Technical Jobs or Skilled Trades (B):  

Skilled Worker Stream
Skill Type Example Occupations (NOC)
O - Jobs in Management Positions NOC 0111 Financial managers
A - Professional Jobs NOC 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (Nursing jobs in Canada)
B - Technical Jobs and Skilled Trades NOC 7251 Plumber

Priority Skilled Stream

In-demand jobs under this category fall under four main highly skilled sectors: 

  • Technology;
  • Healthcare;
  • Aquaculture; and
  • Agriculture.

Below is a list of qualifying occupations: 

In-demand Occupations the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador Stream
NOC CodeOccupation
NOC 3111 & 3112Physician (Family Medicine; Psychiatry; Pathology; General Internal Medicine; Radiology; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Anesthesia; Pediatric Intensivists (PICU); Neonatologists (NICU); Pathology) 
NOC 3124Nurse Practitioner (NP)
NOC 3233Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
NOC 3413 & 4412Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
NOC 4151Clinical Psychologist
NOC 2111Medical Physicist
NOC 3215Radiation Therapist
NOC 3215Dosimetrist
NOC 0823Captain (FM4 certification required)
NOC 0823Farming and Feeding Manager
NOC 2221Facility Technician
NOC 0823Assistant Manager
NOC 2221Cage Site Technician
Site Manager (with water quality expertise)
NOC 0823Area Manager
Engineers and Developers
NOC 2174Software Developer
NOC 2148Biomedical Engineer
NOC 2174UI/UX Developer
NOC 2133Electrical Engineer
NOC 2174AI Developer
NOC 2132Mechanical Engineer
NOC 2174Python Developer
NOC 2175Web Developer
NOC 2174.NET Developer
NOC 2147Infrastructure Engineer
Technical Specialists
NOC 2171Security Specialist
NOC 2173 & 2174Cloud Specialist
NOC 2121Bioinformatician
NOC 2281Computer Network Support
Research Associate
NOC 2172Data Analytics
Offshore Technician
ROV Operator
Ocean Mapping Specialist
NOC 5121Technical Writer

If you go the Express Entry route, you can check your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score using our CRS Calculator.


What if my occupation is not on the list?

Worry not! If your occupation is not on the list, that doesn't necessarily mean you won’t get a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador, nor that you won’t be nominated for a Provincial Nominee Program. You can still achieve these things by searching for available jobs in the area. Just because your job isn't on this list, it doesn't mean your skills aren’t needed. It just means that perhaps they’re lower on Canada’s priority list. You can still apply for a job, get a work offer and a provincial nomination.

What city in Newfoundland and Labrador is the best for my occupation?

Newfoundland and Labrador has nine major cities. You can search for your in-demand occupation on search engines like Google, job-seeking apps like Indeed, or go straight to the government or provincial websites. For example, St. John’s is the capital of the province and needs delivery drivers and clerks, while Labrador City near the border of Quebec needs letter carriers and project managers.

If you go the Express Entry route, you can check your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score using our CRS Calculator.

FAQ 3: How do I find a job in Newfoundland and Labrador?

The first thing you should find out is your NOC number, so that you can search for the correct job, based on your skills and experience. You can job-hunt in various ways, by doing a search on job advertising websites or the provincial website. A great resource is Canada’s Job Bank, which lets you filter by location and NOC code. Consulting with your agent will also assist you in finding out exactly where to look.

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