Improvements to Foreign Qualification Recognition


This consultation process is intended to determine barriers to Foreign Qualification Recognition in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Why is the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador seeking public input?

Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest median age in the country, with a significant number of expected retirements and people leaving the workforce in the coming years. There are gaps in skilled and available labour in the provincial economy and this is particularly acute in a number of health care occupations.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has set a goal to triple the current immigration target from 1,700 to 5,100 newcomers per year by 2026. We are committed to implementation of a full suite of immigration policies to strengthen the province’s population and labour market. 

We must make every effort to ensure we explore and consider all options to respond to an ever-changing demand for labour, across multiple sectors, including health care.

Many professionals, especially in regulated occupations, face challenges to full licensure, resulting in lengthy, and costly, processes. For others this can be the underutilization of skills and experience – such as a nurse working as a personal care attendant or an engineer driving a taxi cab.

Consultation on Foreign Qualification Recognition is necessary to remove barriers and make it easier for people to work in their field in our province. 

Please click here for more information on the consultation process for Improvements to Foreign Qualification Recognition

Get Involved

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is continuing conversations with occupational regulators, people with lived experience and other stakeholders on addressing barriers to Foreign Qualification Recognition. These consultations will occur virtually and in-person as outlined below.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

In-Person Session 

One in-person session is currently scheduled for participants with lived experience in navigating Foreign Qualification Recognition. To reserve a seat for the in-person session please email [email protected]. Please identify any translation or other accommodation requirements. Depending on registration numbers, additional in-person sessions may be added as necessary.

If fewer than five participants register for the following session, we may reschedule the session or make alternative arrangements.

Date: Location: Venue: Time:    Register:
June 15, 2022                                                                  St. John's                                                            

Multipurpose Room, Internationalization Office

Corte Real Building, Memorial University, St. John’s Campus


2:00pm -4:00pm                                                                                            via email: d[email protected]


Virtual Sessions:

Virtual sessions will be scheduled directly with the following regulatory bodies:

  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board
  • Provincial Medical Oversight
  • Teacher Certification Committee
  • The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador

Three separate virtual sessions will be held with the following groups:

  1. Post-secondary institutions – June 14, 2022, 10am – 12pm
  2. Individuals with lived experiences who have worked or are working their way through the Foreign Qualification Recognition process – June 14, 2022, 2pm - 4pm
  3. Other public stakeholders such as municipalities, community organizations, and employee and employer organizations - June 16, 2022, 10am – 12pm

Please contact Donna Morrissey at [email protected] to register for one of the sessions listed above. Please identify any translation requirements.

Online Questionnaire:

This questionnaire will be available until June 17, 2022. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this questionnaire.

If you have any questions related to this questionnaire or require an alternate format, please contact Donna Morrissey at [email protected]

Please note you must login or register with engageNL to participate.

Please click here to complete the questionnaire

Alternative languages are available upon request.

How will your input be used?

All feedback and submissions will be reviewed by the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills in consultation with other government departments responsible for regulated occupations in the province. 

All information and feedback will be considered in order to develop recommendations for progressive improvements to Foreign Qualification Recognition, which may include statutory amendments, regulation changes, strategic investment and/or other measures.

Privacy Statement

Please do not include your name or any information that could identify you. The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback on Improvements to Foreign Qualification Recognition.

Any personal information that may be received will be governed in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and will only be used for the purpose of informing participants of public engagement results at the end of the process.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact Sharon Seaward-Devine at 709-729-4276 or s[email protected].

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments regarding Improvements to Foreign Qualification Recognition, please contact: Geoff Newman at 709-729-6404 or [email protected]