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Immigration Policies Certificate Program

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Immigration is a key determinant of our province's current and future social and economic growth. Are you ready?

Immigration is at the centre of Canadian culture and industry. Provincial and territorial governments throughout Canada have identified immigration as being critical to social and economic development.

Did you know that Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to have 5,100 permanent residents annually calling this province home by 2026? If Newfoundland and Labrador is to flourish and grow beyond sustainability, the province will have to increase the number of immigrants to the province.

Your business or organization will need to be well-positioned to avail of the opportunities that will come from this evolving landscape. You will need to ensure your staff possess the knowledge and expertise required about immigration laws, policies, and procedures to make the most of these social and economic opportunities.

In partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Gardiner Centre is launching the Immigration Policies Certificate Program. This program is intended to help employers, municipalities, organizations, and other entities planning to work with newcomers to develop a more comprehensive understanding of Newfoundland and Labrador's immigration landscape.

What you will Learn

You will gain a deep understanding of Canada’s immigration law and regulations, and Newfoundland and Labrador’s immigration policies and procedures, as well as gain the knowledge and skills necessary for successful practice in a variety of professional immigration roles.

Guided by expert facilitators working in the field, this certificate program will prepare and enable individuals, businesses and organizations across all sectors, to learn essential knowledge on immigration legislation, regulations, and programs.

This program is designed for individuals looking to enter Newfoundland and Labrador's immigration sector and those seeking to enhance their existing skills and competencies regarding Canada’s and Newfoundland and Labrador’s immigration system.

The program is supported by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).


Learning Outcomes

After completing all seven program courses, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of immigration legislation (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act - IRPA) and regulations (Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations - IRPR) governing Canada's immigration.
  • Clearly distinguish the separate roles between federal and provincial government, such as the difference between permanent and temporary residents, the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, federal pathways, labour market integration, and more.
  • Understand the role of immigration consultants and their regulation in Canada.
  • Be able to better direct immigrants to the appropriate departments, services, and offices they will need.
  • Build practical intercultural communication skills to support and assist employees new to Canada, and prepare your workplace for diversity.
  • Know the role of CICC and relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Discover business immigration pathways in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Program Structure

This program contains five (5) full-day courses and two (2) half-day courses and will be offered again in 2022.


Program Schedule

 Day 1

 Introduction to Canada's Immigration Legislation and Regulation   Landscape - Part I

 Day 2

 Introduction to Canada's Immigration Legislation and Regulation   Landscape - Part II
 Day 3

 Provincial Immigration Pathways

 Day 4                                   

 Foreign Qualification Recognition

 Day 5 Business Immigration Pathways and Special Guest Presentation
  Special Guest Presentation 
 Day 6                          

 Intercultural Context, Communication and Competency

 Day 7

 Program Integrity in the Immigration Processes


 Download the program brochure for a full description of program courses.

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Gardiner Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000