N.L. aims to combat shrinking population by luring back those who left


Executive Branch Member
Apr 12, 2013
It appears that the Newfoundland government is going to try and bring back some of the people who left the Rock for improved economic stability.

Are there any ex-patriot NFLDers here? You might be interested in this.

‘Home is where your family is’: N.L. aims to combat shrinking population by luring back diaspora
By Sue Bailey - CP

Bill Hodder says he would leave Calgary to move back to Newfoundland and Labrador “in a heartbeat.”

He loved growing up in Churchill Falls, the small company town of about 650 people that runs the Labrador hydroelectric plant on the upper Churchill River.

His father, sister and many of his cousins now live in St. John’s.

Hodder, a project co-ordinator who has worked in the B.C. mining sector and Alberta’s oilsands, is part of the easternmost province’s ever-growing diaspora of residents who leave for all kinds of reasons, most of them economic.

The governing Liberals want to bring them back.

New come-home efforts announced include four “expatriate outreach events” in Canada and the United Kingdom, along with an online survey conducted by management consulting firm Goss Gilroy Inc.

It will ask respondents why they left and identify “the conditions necessary to facilitate their return,” Al Hawkins, the minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, said in a statement.