PC government to make population and job growth priorities | PC Party of NL

PC government to make population and job growth priorities

(February 1, 2021) – PC Leader Ches Crosbie says population growth and job growth go hand-in-hand in a PC Government’s strategy for turning the province’s economy around.

Since 2016, an estimated 10,000 people have left Newfoundland and Labrador to live, work, and contribute to economies elsewhere, says Crosbie. Under a PC government, that will change.

“Newfoundland and Labrador needs to be not just a destination for visitors, but for people to stay and raise families to grow the local economy. Growing the economy through job growth is the best way to attract new residents and keep the ones we have right here at home,” said Crosbie.

A PC government will:

• Develop a holistic workforce development plan supporting job growth, families, communities, and immigration.

• Increase the birth rate by committing to establish an in-vitro fertilization clinic here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

• Set aggressive immigration targets and ensure jobs are here for new arrivals to attract and retain newcomers, while expanding settlement assistance programs.

• Support recent graduates of Memorial University by establishing a Graduate Retention Program that provides a $20,000 tax credit for post-secondary graduates who work in the local economy.

• Extend MCP coverage for international students for 12 months after graduation to more easily allow them to more easily look for employment.

“A PC government will follow through on its commitment in 2019 to expand access to in-vitro fertilization right here in Newfoundland and Labrador, saving families from lengthy stays away from home at an already difficult time. It’s the right thing to do for families and for Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Kristina Ennis, PC Candidate for St. John’s West.
 

Contacts:

David Maher

Director of Communications

(p) (709) 769-2216

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BACKGROUNDER

Monday, February 1, 2021
Since 2016, an estimated 10,000 people have left Newfoundland and Labrador to live, work, and contribute to economies elsewhere, says Crosbie. Under a PC government, that will change.
PC government to make population and job growth priorities