Established in 2017 by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by College of the North Atlantic, NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) has a provincial mandate to provide a coordinated, central point of access to engage all labour market stakeholders about challenges, opportunities and best practices in workforce development. We do this through our six core activities.
NLWIC’s goal is to promote the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact employability, employment and entrepreneurship within the province’s labour force and particularly underrepresented groups. Funding for NLWIC is provided by the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.
Six Core Activities
We provide proposal-based funding for applied research projects that test innovative approaches to address Newfoundland and Labrador’s labour market challenges and opportunities and improve outcomes.
Workforce Innovation Dissemination
We provide the public with the findings from the research projects and ways to implement them in the workforce along with other innovative models and best practices, including a Best Practices Repository.
We engage a network of labour market partners to facilitate idea exchange, identify research opportunities and share innovative approaches.
We help stakeholders develop and strengthen their workforce via training, information sessions, webinars and other capacity-building activities.
These 10 Committees are developing and implementing action plans to address workforce development needs specific to regions across the province. This includes development and dissemination of labour market information, identifying priority focus areas for training and skills development and collaborative use of labour market programs and services, including immigration-related supports.
Economic Immigration-Focused Ideas Lab
This new social innovation lab within NLWIC will identify practical approaches to facilitate newcomer participation in the provincial labour market and stimulate innovation and leadership in newcomer recruitment and retention.