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.

Participants of the Immigration Policies Certificate Program 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.
  • Gain essential knowledge on immigration legislation, regulations, and programs available in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • 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 Content

Introduction to Canada's Immigration Legislation and Regulation Landscape - Part I
Comprehensive introduction to the rationale for immigration and also offers a review of immigration laws, policies and procedures, as they pertain to employers and individuals seeking to become permanent residents of Canada.

  • Learn about Canada's immigration history.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the legislation (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act - IRPA) and regulations (Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations - IRPR) governing Canada's immigration.

Introduction to Canada's Immigration Legislation and Regulation Landscape - Part II
Understand of the various types of immigration statuses and the associated implications for studying, working, and living in Canada.

  • Develop a deeper understanding of IRPA and IRPR through a more detailed focus on temporary residents (visitors, asylum seekers, temporary workers, international students, international graduates, provincial nominees and endorsees) and permanent residents (refugees, economic immigrants, others).
  • Review the work permits required (open, closed, Canadian significant interests, business visas, startup visa).
  • Explore the options for hiring temporarily (Labour Market Impact Assessment; Francophone Mobility; Global Talent Stream; Free Trade Agreements; Intra-company transfers; seasonal employment; Temporary Foreign Worker Program) or permanently (federal and provincial immigration pathways).
  • Recognize the expectations, duties and responsibilities of employers and employees vis-a-vis immigration programs.

Provincial Immigration Pathways
Learn the history, structure, and operational aspects of the Provincial Nominee Program, Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for employers and prospective newcomers.

  • Gain a detailed overview of the Canada- Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Agreement and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador agreement on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • Recognize the responsibilities of employers in the program.
  • Assess the eligibility requirements for newcomers, including entrepreneurs.
  • Review the language testing requirements and Educational Credential Assessments.
  • Develop an understanding of provincial policies and procedures (field of study requirements, refugee claimant eligibility, etc.).
  • Examine settlement and integration considerations, services, and supports.

Foreign Qualification Recognition
Gain an understanding of the processes in place for regulated occupations in Newfoundland and Labrador, and relevant considerations employers should make when hiring internationally trained professionals for regulated occupation vacancies.

  • Review Foreign Qualification Recognition processes.
  • Evaluate the procedures involved for internationally trained professionals.
  • Acquire guidance for assessing and verifying internationally attained education and credentials.
  • Illustrate how to bridge training and employment

Intercultural Context, Communication and Competency
Explore and develop intercultural competencies through communication to ensure interactions with newcomers to Canada are characterized by empathy, support, and cultural understanding.

  • Review promising practices for intercultural understanding to prepare your workplace culture for international workers.
  • Examine key strategies for hiring and working with internationally trained workers.
  • Build effective intercultural communication skills to support and assist employees new to Canada.

Business Immigration Pathways
Understand business immigration pathways and how they can help build businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Distinguish between the International Entrepreneur and International Graduate Entrepreneur categories.
  • Identify available local resources and supports.
  • Discover the start-up processes in Newfoundland and Labrador and how a business idea transitions to commercialization.

Program Integrity in the Immigration Process
Understand the legal implications of assigning a third party representative, such as a consultant or recruiter, and the immigration implications of fraud, misrepresentation, falsification of information, and other illegal activities.

  • Review paid and unpaid third-party representatives and understand the legal implications of paid and unpaid representatives.
  • Understand the role of immigration consultants and their regulation in Canada.
  • Define fraud, misrepresentation, and other illegal activities, as outlined in Canada's immigration legislation and regulations.
  • Realize the legal implications of these activities on immigration applications and eligibility for employers and prospective permanent residents


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

Continuing Education Contact Hours: 42

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