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As the service centre for the region, Channel-Port aux Basques offers a variety of employment opportunities. The Town hosts the region’s health care facilities and government’s community support services, making available a wide range of employment opportunities for skilled professionals. Education employment is also available as the town is home to two secondary schools and a post secondary education centre.

Channel-Port aux Basques has earned a reputation as the Gateway of Newfoundland, opening the door to employment opportunities in marine and ground transportation. The retail sector offers employment in management and customer service positions. Channel-Port aux Basques is a great place to live for a small-town atmosphere, but still have access to career and work opportunities throughout the province. Consider this information regarding employment and business development opportunities in the province.

Labour in Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland has a rich and long history associated with fishing, at first the European trans-Atlantic migratory cod fishery and from the early 19th century fisheries based from the province.

During the 19th century, Newfoundland cod fishing was pursued by family enterprises. These families would sell their fish to the highest bidder, yet they were bound by debt and credit to a merchant who would take their fish in exchange for supplies. The men of the family would catch the fish, split, salt and lay it out to dry. During the drying process the entire family participated.

Fishing families would also hunt, gather wild food, grow vegetables in the family garden and keep livestock. The men would also maintain fishing boats and gear, houses and outbuildings while the women would keep the household maintained, made cloth and clothing and prepared meals. During this period the seal fishery and Labrador cod fishery began to expand, as did the Grand Bank’s fishery.

Both provided a source of employment and income for the fisherman who served aboard the vessels and those who worked in ship-building and other marine trades. The specialized trades soon developed in the larger centers of the province, particularly in St. John’s where the first craft union was developed and organized. The city became the first to have a small number of clerical and white collar positions in government, retail trade and small service sector.

Working In Channel-Port aux Basques

At any given time there are a number of employment opportunities available in the Channel-Port aux Basques area. Opportunities can be found in various industries including oil and gas, technology, mining, tourism, fishery, agriculture, manufacturing, marine transportation, service and culture. Oil and Gas Industry in Newfoundland & Labrador

Over the past few years, the oil and gas sector has been an increasingly important part of the provincial economy. Currently there are three major offshore oil producing fields, Hibernia, Terra Nova, and White Rose. A forth, Hebron, is scheduled to come into production in 2017.

Hibernia was first discovered in 1979 and is located 315km east southeast of St. John’s Newfoundland, in 80 meters of water. The field is very significant by any standards. Hibernia is an offshore oil field that is owned by ExxonMobil Canada, Chevron Canada Resources, Petro-Canada, Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation, Murphy Oil and Statoil Hydro Canada Ltd. The topsides facility accommodates all drilling, producing and utility equipment, and provides living quarters for the steady-state crew of approximately 185 people. This facility has a design capacity of approximately 230,000 barrels of crude oil produced each day. According to the Department of Natural Resource, the Hibernia project generated 804 employed individuals in the onshore and offshore project operations.

The Terra Nova oil field is approximately 350 kilometers from St. John’s and 35 kilometers south-east of the Hibernia oil field, in 90 meters of water. This oil field is divided into three distinct areas known as the Graben, East Flank and Far East. In 2007, Husky’s share of production from Terra Nova was 5.3 million barrels or an average of 14,500 barrels per day. According to the Department of Natural Resources, there were 909 people employed during the entire Terra Nova Project.

The White Rose Oil Field is located approximately 350 kilometers off the coast of Newfoundland on the eastern margin of the Jeanne d’Arc basin. In November 2005, the first oil was taken from the White Rose with approximately 42 million barrels produced in 2007. Husky is developing satellite fields of West White Rose, North Amethyst and the South White Rose extension through a series of subsea facilities. At peak production, White Rose is expected to produce 115,000 barrels per day with 83,000 barrels per day net to Husky.

The Hebron field was discovered in 1981 and consists of Hebron, Ben Nevis and West Ben Nevis fields. It is estimated to contain 700 million barrels of oil and is located offshore in Newfoundland’s Jeanne d’Arc basin, about 350 kilometers out to sea from St. John’s. The province of Newfoundland & Labrador reached a deal on the Hebron oilfield project in 2007. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador predicts that the employment levels for the Hebron project will be greater than that of Terra Nova or White Rose projects.

The oil and gas sector of Newfoundland and Labrador directly employs upwards of 3,000 individuals, which represents approximately 1.3% of total employment in the Province.

100 New Gower Street; Suite 1000
St. John’s, NL A1C 6K3
Tel: (709) 778-7000
Email: hmdc.public.affairs.information@ExxonMobil.com
Website: www.hibernia.ca

For Terra Nova & White Rose
Husky Energy
707 - 8th Avenue SW
P.O. Box 6525, Station D
Calgary, AB T2P 3G7
Tel: (403) 298-6111
Website: www.huskyenergy.com

Hebron Project Office
215 Water Street; Suite 701
St. John’s, NL A1C 5K4
Phone: 709-752-6444
Email: hebronproject@exxonmobil.com
Website: www.hebronproject.com


Newfoundland and Labrador is home to approximately 430 advanced technology firms that employ roughly 6,400 individuals. This sector generates annual revenue of $470 million dollars, making it a significant contributor to the provincial economy. Within the advanced technology sector, Information Technology (IT) is the single largest segment of business activity. A number of factors have contributed to the overall IT growth including the establishment of the broadband Internet and the creation of spin-off opportunities, demand for global telecommunications, the effect of IT products and services.


The mining industry in Newfoundland and Labrador generates more than a dozen mineral commodities that are contributors to the provincial economy. The industry produces materials used in road construction, electrical generation and distribution. Employment in the provincial mining industry is projected at approximately 4,000 people and has grown substantially over the past decade.

The following is a partial list of operating mines and quarries in Newfoundland and Labrador:
• Atlantic Barite Limited (Buchans)
• Anaconda Mining Inc (Pine Cove)
• Atlantic Minerals Limited (Lower Cove)
• Aur Resources Inc. (Duck Pond)
• Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc (Beaver Brook)
• Crew Gold Canada Limited (Nugget Pond)
• Galen Gypsum Mines Ltd (Coal Brook)
• Hi-Point Industries (1991) Limited (Bishops Falls)
• Hurley Slate Works Company Inc (Burgoynes Cove)
• Iron Ore Company of Canada (Labrador City)
• Shabogamo Mining and Exploration Limited (Labrador City)
• Terra Nova Granite (2007) Jumpers Brook
• Torngait Ujaganniavingit Corporation (Ten Mile Bay)
• Vale Inco Newfoundland and Labrador Limiter (Voisey‟s Bay)
• Wabush Mines Limited (Wabush)

Employment in the mining and exploration industries rose to over 3,500 individuals of direct employment in recent years, an increase from 3,264 in 2005.


Prior to the global downturn in the newsprint industry there were three operational paper mills in Newfoundland and Labrador. Abitibi-Consolidated had operated a mill in both Stephenville and Grand Falls-Windsor, with Kruger producing print at the Corner Brook mill. With changes in the industry, the Stephenville mill ceased production in 2005, with the Grand Falls-Windsor mill following in 2009. The Corner Brook mill remains in operation today.

Contact Info:
Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.
1 Mill Rd (P.O. Box 2001)
Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J4
Tel: (709) 637-3104 Fax: (709) 637-3469
Website: www.cbppl.com


For the past two decades, tourism has become an increasingly important part of the provincial economy. This sustainable industry has generated employment opportunities for many outport communities heavily affected with the collapse of the cod fishery in 1992. In recent years the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have placed great emphasis on tourism to provide substantial employment throughout the province.


Fishing has been the employment staple of Newfoundland and Labrador since the discovery of North America by John Cabot in 1497. With rich fishing grounds, the province initially established itself as a seasonal colony to European countries and later became a colony of Britain with permanent residents. Being rich in fishing heritage, the industry remains a major employer for the province today. According to Statistics Canada, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador employs approximately 24,500 individuals in the fishing industry.

Farming (Natural Resources)

Although a relatively small sector employment wise, farming has seen growth in recent years. With increasing demand for fresh organic foods, the farming sector of Newfoundland and Labrador has been steadily expanding. According to the Provincial Government, the average monthly on-farm paid employment recently reached the highest level in the past decade at 2,150 workers. Traditionally, October is the peak employment season with 3,200 individuals, an increase from 2,200 in 2002.


Manufacturing development focuses on the non-resource enterprises and value added development of products. Manufacturing in Newfoundland and Labrador includes boat building, natural stone, plastics, building products, wood products, metal working, and value-added agrifoods among others. Support for industry growth in new economy sectors focus on aerospace and defense, environmental industries, information and communications technology, life sciences, and marines and oceans technology. While not a large sector of the provincial economy, increasing emphasis has been placed on manufacturing and exporting to provide stability within the provincial economy. The Manufacturing sector is composed of approximately 600 businesses which provide a wide variety of products and employ an average of 16,200 workers annually. This represents an increase of 2.3% from 2006.


The growth of employment in Newfoundland and Labrador is evident in the goods and services sector. The service sector includes trade, business services and accommodations and food services. All of these experienced significant growth in recent years. Growth in the service sector is contributed to the expansion of retail, increase in customer contact centers, and ongoing growth in the tourism industry.


The culture sector includes advertising, architecture, broadcasting, design, festivals, film industry, heritage, performance arts, photography, sound recording and music publishing, visual arts, written media and other information services.

Getting Help Finding A Job

There are numerous community and government support programs that can assist any individual in finding a suitable job and explore employment options. To find out about employment opportunities, newcomers can browse the employment links below or visit one of the local employment assistance organizations.

Port aux Basques Community Employment Corporation
62 Main Street (P.O. Box 2069)
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-2112 Fax: (709) 695-3533
Email: pabcec@nf.aibn.com
Website: www.pabcec.ca

Career Information Resource Centre
4-10 High Street; Suite B
P.O. Box 2243
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-7755
Job Line: (709) 695-3255
Fax: (709) 695-7757

Department of Human Resources, Labour & Employment (HRLE)
239 Grand Bay West Road
P.O. Box 38
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Toll free: 1-866-417-4753
Tel: (709) 695-6240/6204
Website: www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle

Service Canada
4-10 High Street (P.O. Box 849)
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-5003
Fax: (709) 695-9671
Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca

The Association for New Canadians – AXIS Career Services
AXIS provides career counseling and other services to newcomers throughout the province either via email or by telephone. To register, please visit http://www.axiscareers.net/home/ or call (709) 579-1780.

Other Helpful Links

Marine and Mountain Zone Corporation
Department of Human Resources Labour & Employment (Job Site)
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Career Beacon
Service Canada (Job Bank)

Starting A Business

Any individual or group wishing to establish a business within Channel-Port aux Basques are required to obtain a permit from the Town. Assistance in launching your operation is available through various organizations and institutions. Individuals have founded companies representing a wide range of industries in Channel-Port aux Basques and many have taken advantage of the services available to assist them in the commencement of their businesses.

Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development (INTRD)
82 Main Street (P.O. Box 430)
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-9871 Fax: (709) 695-5817
Website: www.intrd.gov.nl.ca/intrd

Gateway Development Corporation (CBDC) is a non-profit corporation that assists in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing business by providing financial services to entrepreneurs. The corporation offers term loans, interim/bridge financing, loan guarantees and equity financing for business start-up or expansion.

Gateway Development Corporation
82 Main Street (P.O. Box 430)
Channel-Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-7406 Fax: (709) 695-9726
Website: www.cbdc.nf.ca

AXIS Career Services - The Association for New Canadians
AXIS provides Business Development services to newcomers throughout the province either via email or by telephone. To register, please visit http://www.axiscareers.net/home/ or call (709) 579-1780.

Registering a Business

Use the following process to register a business:
• Business Name
• Form of Business (Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or Corporation)
• Address licensing, permit and bylaw obligations
• Register the Business
• Get a Business Number (Canada Revenue Agency)
• What taxes need to be charged? (GHT/PST/HST)
• Workers Compensation
• Cover your Business Legally (find a business lawyer)
• Setting the books Straight (accounting information)
• Get Equipped (equipment that may need to be purchased)
• Forms & Permits

For downloadable and printable permits and forms, click here.
View Provincial Newcomers Guide
We strongly recommend the Newfoundland & Labrador official Newcomers Guide as a highly valuable resource. This 94 page guide is maintained with useful information surrounding government, housing, transportation, travel, education, childcare, healthcare, legal system, employment and much more. This indispensible tool contains information about many essential facts which will greatly help your adaptation to our province & Channel-Port aux Basques.

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