Society holds many untrue myths around immigration and immigrants in general. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has put together some information that challenges these myths. Here is part one of a two part series outlining the facts.
MYTH Immigrants do not want to work.
FACT: Most immigrants come to Canada to work. Immigration policies are designed to attract newcomers of all backgrounds but are also focused on addressing workforce gaps.
MYTH: Immigration programs are only suited to large employers.
FACT: Many small and medium sized employers successfully use provincial immigration programs to address labour shortages.
MYTH: Immigrants are a burden on the economy.
FACT: Immigrants are innovative and entrepreneurial, giving us a competitive edge in global markets and contributing to the economy through taxes, job creation, and increasing export trade.
MYTH: Hiring international workers is time consuming.
FACT: With assistance from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, employers can more easily navigate the application and recruitment process.
MYTH: Immigration is new to Newfoundland and Labrador.
FACT: Immigration has been a significant part of our province’s history since the settlement of European immigrants.
MYTH: Jobs and opportunities for immigrants are limited.
FACT: There continues to be a significant demand for technical, specialized, and other skilled workers in Newfoundland and Labrador.