Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour has a mandate to ensure the province has highly educated graduates and skilled workers for a fast-growing economy. This includes creating a climate which is conducive to economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity. This will be achieved through a spectrum of programs, services, and supports.

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    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced the temporary suspension of the repayment of the provincial portion of Canada Student Loans for a period of six months. Effective March 30, 2020, all Canada Student Loan, Canada Apprentice Loan and Newfoundland and Labrador Student Loan borrowers will automatically have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. The Provincial Government does not charge interest on provincial student loans. Students do not need to apply for the repayment suspension.
    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced the Provincial Government and its partners have exceeded the province’s immigration target two years ahead of schedule. In The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government set a target of welcoming 1,700 permanent residents annually by 2022. Since 2017, immigration has increased nearly 40 per cent and, according to preliminary data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, the province welcomed 1,850 permanent residents in 2019.
    • The Provincial Government is seeking input from students in response to proposed changes to Private Training Institutions Regulations. An online questionnaire is open to current students at private training institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador at engageNL.
    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced Multiculturalism Week, previously observed annually in March, is now extended through the full month. Multiculturalism Month celebrates the province’s rich diversity of cultures and welcoming communities. As part of the celebrations, many organizations and communities hold a variety of events such as meet-and-greets and intercultural exchanges.
    • To meet priority skills training needs of the health care sector and to support better health services and outcomes for the people of the province, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced the introduction of new and enhanced health sciences programming at multiple College of the North Atlantic (CNA) campuses in the province.
    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced the appointment of Devon Brake to College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Board of Governors as a student representative.
    • The Public Post-Secondary Education Review Committee is holding a public consultation session in St. John’s for all residents who have an interest in public post-secondary education. The session is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine in the Frank and Eileen Gronich Lecture Theatre (Room IM102) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced four increases to the minimum wage rate from April 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021. As of April 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase by 25 cents to $11.65. This increase is based on the percentage change in the National Consumer Price Index, since introducing a formula-based approach.
    • The Provincial Government today announced details of a new two-year pilot program to provide Metrobus or GoBus passes to income support recipients in metro St. John’s (St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Paradise) beginning this spring. The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education Skills and Labour, made the announcement today. He was joined by St. John’s Councillor Ian Froude, Chair of St. John’s Transportation Commission.
    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced applications may now be submitted to the Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) Program. Supported by $10.5 million in Labour Market Development Agreement funding for 2020-21, the JCP program supports projects that provide Newfoundlanders and Labradorians eligible for Employment Insurance with opportunities to gain valuable skills and experience. Approved projects must benefit the participants as well as their communities.
    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced applications from employers are now being accepted for the Student Mentorship Program. The employer-driven program supports summer career development opportunities in the agriculture, aquaculture, technology (such as environmental, information and communications technology, aerospace, advanced manufacturing), forestry, mining, community, and oil and gas sectors. The Student Mentorship Program was developed in response to discussions with stakeholders at industry summits held throughout the province.
    • Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for labour met today in Fredericton, New Brunswick, to discuss important workplace issues. These included next steps for occupational health and safety standards harmonization, the findings of the Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards, and how to better support workers through initiatives such as international labour standards on violence and harassment in the world of work.
    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced four appointments to College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Board of Governors for a three-year term. The appointees are: Dorothy Earle; Kenneth Martin; Jill Quilty; and Charles Randell.
    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced applications are now being accepted for Summer Student Employment Programs. The deadline for employers to apply for post-secondary students is March 12. The deadline to apply for high school students is March 26.