Information for Newcomers

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St. John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s most easterly province, and with more than 41% of the provincial population residing within the St. John’s metro area, we are the province’s urban and economic core.

Brimming with a rich heritage and culture all its own, St. John’s offers newcomers opportunity, cultural inclusiveness and a safe and secure environment in which to live. There’s also no shortage of modern amenities to enjoy.

We are committed to welcoming international newcomers to work, study and build a life here. In fact, permanent residency nominations in the province are at an all time high, with 3,775 in 2023 (there were only 775 in 2015). We are proud of this growth and we’re working hard to ensure this positive momentum continues.

Learn more at Immigrating to Newfoundland and Labrador or start with this helpful FAQ. Also recommended is a review of the IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) Help Centre FAQ.

Additional information

For employers: The Atlantic Immigration Program is a Government of Canada program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire skilled workers who want to immigrate here, and for international graduates who wish to stay.

For newcomers: A series of helpful resources can be found at You can also visit our Neighbourhood Profiles page to help you find a neigbourhood that suits you and your family.