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Immigration Policies Certificate Program

Scheduled Date(s)

January 15, 2022

Delivered virtually - program beginning Winter 2022.


$3450 +HST

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Immigration Policies Certificate Program
Are you ready to support newcomers and build a stronger, more diversified Newfoundland and Labrador?
Immigration, Canada, Newfoundland, newcomer, immigrant

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

Now accepting waitlist applicants for the winter 2022 program - register now to secure your spot and we will notify you when the dates have been confirmed!

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 Newfounland 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.

View the press release about this exciting new program here 

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 Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).


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 ICCRC and relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Discover business immigration pathways in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Program Structure

This program includes five (5) full-day courses and two (2) half-day courses and will be offered during the winter of 2022. All courses will be delivered virtually.


Program Schedule - TBD

View the Fall 2021 Schedule Below for a Glimpse into the Program Structure:

 Wednesday, October 13

 8:30am to 4:00pm

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

 Meghan Felt       

 Thursday, October 14

 8:30am to 4:00pm Introduction to Canada's Immigration Legislation and Regulation   Landscape - Part II Meghan Felt
 Friday, October 15 8:30am to 4:00pm

 Provincial Immigration Pathways

 Raya Majid
 Wednesday, November 17                                    8:30am to 4:00pm

 Foreign Qualification Recognition

 Allison Day
 Thursday, November 18 8:30am to 12:30pm Business Immigration Pathways and Special Guest Presentation Lesley Galgay
  11:45am to 12:30pm Special Guest Presentation  Constanza Safatle
 Monday, December 6                            11:30am to 3:30pm

 Program Integrity in the Immigration Processes

 Beata Pawlowski
 Wednesday, December 15 8:30am to 4:00pm

 Intercultural Context, Communication and Competency

 Megan Howse


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


Allison Day

Immigration Development Officer, Department of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills 

Allison Day is an Immigration Program Development Officer with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Office of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills. Allison works with international graduates, skilled workers, employers, stakeholders and the public to educate on immigration programs in Newfoundland and Labrador. Additionally, she processes applications for these programs.

A few of Allison’s favourite aspects of working in the field of immigration include contributing to a diverse and inclusive province, assisting foreign nationals in their journey to becoming permanent residents of Canada, seeing newcomers start businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador and seeing local businesses grow with new perspectives. 

Beata Pawlowska

Director of Professional Standards, Research, Education and Policy, Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

Dr. Beata Pawlowska, Ph.D. is a seasoned leader and an expert in organizational development, program development, adult learning and competency-based education with 15 years of progressive leadership and professional development experience in complex organizations.

Her commitment to social responsibility, excellence in education and professional development is paired with her passion to help others reach their full potential and desire to create exceptional working, teaching and learning environments. She is a recognized forward-thinking innovator and change agent with the ability to anticipate and appreciate future trends.

Her practical experience in the planning, development and implementation of programs, policies and services in post-secondary institutions is coupled with a Doctoral degree in Organization Psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in Business and Education. Her research and applied work on adult learning, innovative pedagogical approaches, and leadership development have been published and presented at refereed national and international conferences.

Dr. Pawlowska held posts as an Adjunct Professor (Docent) at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and as an associate researcher and educator at the LMU Center for Leadership and People Management in Munich, Germany. Subsequently, she joined the University Health Network in Toronto where she partnered with academic and healthcare leaders to ensure the highest quality of patient care and safety through excellence in design research, education and simulation.

Lesley Galgay

Success Manager, Diversity, Genesis

Lesley Galgay is the Success Manager, Diversity with Genesis – Newfoundland and Labrador’s preeminent technology incubator/accelerator.  She has over ten years of experience working in the entrepreneurship ecosystem here in the province, primarily in the areas of financing, strategic support and mentorship.

Lesley graduated from Memorial University in ’04 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons).  She completed Masters of Business Administration studies in ’06 – a joint program through Memorial and the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.  It was through her international experience that she originally became interested in intercultural competencies and dynamics and was able to fully explore the organizational behaviour impact while working for 5+ years with a highly multi-cultural workforce within a large public company in Toronto.

Upon returning to NL in 2011, Lesley had the opportunity to work on a temporary foreign worker initiative in the Oil and Gas sector, lead the local Newcomer Entrepreneur Support team program for BDC, manage the International Start-up Visa program at Genesis and work with a number of talented entrepreneurs representing a plethora of cultures, ethnicities and lived experiences. 

Lesley obtained a certificate in Leadership and Inclusion from the Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion in 2021.  She is currently working toward the Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP) designation.

Megan Howse

Project Coordinator - Educating Newcomers to NL on Legal Rights, Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

Megan has been with the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2019 as the Project Coordinator for Newcomer Rights in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has worked with newcomers to Canada with several community organizations, with a primary goal of creating more welcoming communities for newcomers, including making legal systems more accessible. Megan studied social sciences at the University of Ottawa and has a degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. She is a former parliamentary page at the House of Commons. 

Meghan Felt

Partner, St. John’s, McInnis Cooper

Meghan specializing in immigration law. She represents clients on a variety of Canadian immigration issues, ranging from individuals seeking temporary resident visas, study permits, work permits and permanent residency, to large corporations seeking labour market impact assessments and work permits to hire foreign workers. Meghan has extensive experience with obtaining work permits under the International Mobility Program and other international agreements, including NAFTA and GATS.

Meghan is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association. She is the current Chair of the CBA-NL Citizenship and Immigration Section, where she also participates in submission drafting and editing in conjunction with the CBA for new developments in immigration law. In addition to her daily practice, Meghan is involved with the firm’s pro bono program, offering immigration legal services to individuals in need. Meghan is also a member of the Board of Directors for Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Well respected in her practice area, Meghan frequently writes legal knowledge pieces on new developments in immigration legislation and policy, and regularly provides updates for the Atlantic Province chapters of Thomson Reuters

Raya Majid

Immigration Development Officer, Department of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills 

Raya Majid has been working as an Immigration Program Development Officer with the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism for several years. Prior to this, Raya’s work has been primarily focused on supporting Newcomer settlement and integration in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Alberta.  Raya, who is originally from Iraq, holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Calgary. Raya speaks English and Arabic and has several years of experiences working as a translator and an interpreter.

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