Foreign Qualification Recognition a Priority in Call for Newcomer Supports

15 Dec, 2021


The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and partners are working to help ensure newcomers get the services and supports they need to feel they truly belong and have found a new home. The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills, today issued the 2022-23 call for proposals to enhance settlement services throughout the province. In this call, priority will be given to proposals in a number of key areas, including foreign qualification recognition. For many newcomers who have practiced in professions outside of Canada, identifying ways to recognize foreign credentials represents a path toward unlocking the full potential in their careers and in their contributions to the economy.

Submissions will follow a new two-stage process. Stage one has prospective partners submitting a short concept note of the services they intend to offer. These preliminary outlines will be reviewed by officials to determine if they will address key priority areas. In stage two, applicants with concept notes that have been chosen by officials will be invited to submit a comprehensive proposal for a final evaluation.

Through this new process, organizations will receive notice if their initial concept note is unsuccessful, thus avoiding having to submit a full proposal at the cost of significant time and effort. This approach of proposal funding is common among Government of Canada departments, including the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Department of Canadian Heritage, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Priority will be given to proposals that offer services or undertake projects in key areas, such as:

  • Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning and Credentials (Foreign Qualification Recognition)
  • Facilitation of Direct Employment for Newcomers
  • Newcomer Entrepreneurship Support Initiatives
  • Service Awareness and Accessibility
  • Welcoming Communities
  • Official Language Training
  • Facilitate Participation in Community Groups and Organizations
  • Settlement and Integration Service Provision

The Funding Guidelines for 2022-23 provide more details on these themes and priority areas. For full details visit: Call for Proposals.

Organizations are invited to submit a concept note by 11:59 p.m. NST on January 21, 2022.

Potential applicants are encouraged to email any questions to

This request for proposals represents the latest in a myriad of initiatives to reach the ambitious goal of welcoming 5,100 newcomers annually by 2026, and position Newfoundland and Labrador as a national leader on immigration settlement and retention.

“Settlement and integration projects last year provided free legal information, career and entrepreneurship training, increased rural integration, and many more benefits for newcomers. The updated process we have this year will allow us to work closer with partner organizations and provide even better supports right across Newfoundland and Labrador. An emphasis on foreign qualification recognition in this call for proposals responds to the need to better recognize the international education of newcomers in our labour market. Addressing this long-standing issue will benefit newcomers, which in turns benefits our entire society.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills

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