Between March and December 2013, the Population Growth Strategy team of officials conducted meetings with interested parties, including community and private sector organizations, as well as the general public, to engage in discussions on how best to support population stability and growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
We held 11 public community workshops across the nine Rural Secretariat regions of the province. We were met by participants of different ages from many walks of life, each bringing unique perspectives and experiences to the discussion. At the start of each discussion we briefly introduced the process and the topics, followed by detailed note-taking of the ideas and suggestions residents came out to share with us.
To ensure every comment was collected during the community workshops, dedicated facilitators and note-takers sat at the tables with laptops to record each idea and suggestion. We provided all community workshop participants with electronic remotes that allowed them to vote anonymously during group polls and discussions.
Here are some numbers on the process, submissions, participants, and ideas we received:
People liked the table discussion process, and felt they had an opportunity to have their say.
95 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement "I liked the table discussion process used here today" during the community workshops
95 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement "I was provided with an opportunity to have my say" during the community workshops
*This demographic overview of participants is based on input received from individuals who responded to the anonymous group poll questions in community workshops.
Here are some labour market ideas that residents we met with thought were important to consider for resident retention and attraction:
On the topic of families, the most frequently discussed areas were:
In anonymous group polls on immigration, here are the findings we compiled:
Newcomers enrich Newfoundland and Labrador communities
84 percent of participants agreed that newcomers enrich Newfoundland and Labrador communities.
Immigration is important to population growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
85 percent of participants agreed that immigration is important to population growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians want to help build a welcoming community.
89 percent of participants were willing to be involved on a personal level to help build a welcoming community
When it came to discussing what the participants felt made a lively, vibrant community, we heard that a vibrant community is most likely to be one where the residents:
We summarized the most commonly used keywords during the public community workshop in the map below.
The Population Growth Strategy is currently under development and will be reflective of the input received through the public consultation process. We anticipate the release of the Strategy during 2014. The Population Growth Strategy will build on and support work currently conducted or completed by Government departments and agencies. As a strategy, it will establish government-wide and sector-specific goals and priorities in the area of population and demographics.
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