Every year, thousands of people make the decision to take up permanent residency in Canada because of its wonderful quality of living, employment opportunities, diversity, and the multitude of other attractive features of this great land. For many of these individuals, the toughest part of this choice is deciding in which area they should settle. Like all the other provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador has its own unique charms and benefits that immigrants may find much to their liking.
Located on the countries most Eastern edge, the Atlantic Ocean borders it to the East and some on the North, with Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia all along the Northern edge, and Quebec on the Southwestern side. This province is huge with a size that is slightly smaller than that of California, a little larger than Japan’s, and more than twice that of the United Kingdom! Although on a map it may seem to be set high in the North, in actuality, its latitude is essentially level with Paris, France and Seattle, Washington.
One thing most people do not realize is that this is not two separate entities, but rather a single unified province. That area known as “Newfoundland”, the large island that is home to more then 90% of this province’s population and what most people refer to when speaking of this area, was named as the “new found land” by Vikings long before any European countries began exploring North America, and it has about 7,000 smaller islands surrounding it. “Labrador” refers to the part that is actually part of the Canadian mainland.
This incredible seaside province has an amazing scenic attractiveness and can provide its residents with a multitude of unique opportunities that they can not find anywhere else in the whole of Canada. The businesses located here actively look to immigration as a way to fill their growing demand for the mass of job openings that are becoming available daily – particularly those in skilled trades having to do with construction and energy. The economy is growing and the current workforce is retiring, making this an incredible opportunity for newcomers.
Photographers and sightseers will find this land to be a haven for inspirational material. With so many islands dotting the area, the number of picturesque and historic lighthouses that fill the scenic seaside is rather impressive to say the least. This province is also home to some of the oldest known rock formations in all the world, such as The Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park and those which reside in Torngat Mountains National Park.
Among the many unique features of the province is a place known as “Iceberg Alley”. It is one of the few places on earth where spectators can icebergs that are roughly 10,000 years old, floating right off the coast! This seaside land is also perfectly situated to spot thousands of whales belonging to twenty-two separate species, splashing out in the salty surf and doing their annual migrations. Nature lovers will also find a plethora of different types of birds, black bears, herds of caribou and literally hundreds of thousands of moose running loose!
Outdoorsy people will find many paths, along with the famous Appalachian, East Coast, and Sherwink Trails, on which they can hike, backpack, and camp, for experiences unlike any others. The economic sector in the province include lucrative options such as healthcare and financial services; industries like gas and oil; and other factions such as agriculture, fishing, and as one might expect – tourism. The combination of huge employment opportunities and wonderful ways to fill one’s time, make this a great place to settle down.
Immigrating to this area with either a Residency or Work Visa will make one legally eligible to live, study, and work, in any of the great opportunities found here. Participating in the annual folk festival will help this feel like home in no time. The provincial capital of St. John’s, as well as all the other major cities like Paradise, Corner Brook, Mount Perl, and Conception Bay South, are dependent on new people to remain as productive as they are.