Explore Newfoundland and Labrador

1.1 Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province in Canada and is located on the north-eastern corner of North America. This province incorporates the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador.

St. John's is Newfoundland and Labrador's largest city and its capital. It also happens to be Canada's twentieth largest city.

Newfoundland has developed from a mainly fishing community to an industrial, service focused and oil producing province.

1.2 Weather and Climate

The geographical location of the province and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean makes it home to a variety of climates and weather. The sea keeps winter temperatures slightly higher and summer temperatures a little lower on the coast than inland. This maritime climate produces more variable weather, ample precipitation in a variety of forms, greater humidity, lower visibility, more clouds, less sunshine, and higher winds than a continental climate. Generally speaking, Newfoundland has a cool summer and winters with not too low temperatures.

1.3 Time

Newfoundland time is calculated by subtracting three and a half hours from Coordinated Universal Time, the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

1.4 Language

Newfoundland and Labrador today is the most homogeneous province in Canada. About 98% of the population speak English as their sole mother tongue. It is common to hear many non-standard linguistic features in the spoken language. These are relics of non-standard regional and social variants from parts of the British Isles (chiefly from south-western England and south-eastern Ireland). There is also a small indigenous French population.

1.5 Cost of living

The favourable cost of living in Canada is one of the major reasons many people choose to move there. Subsequently, when compared to many of the larger centers in Canada, the cost of living in Newfoundland is much lower. The province affords an excellent and affordable quality of life. Significantly lower cost can be found in housing, transportation and gym membership. The costs of clothing are also reasonably priced.

1.6 Population and Communities

Newfoundland and Labrador has a population of just over 500,000 people. Almost 40% of the population live in the region surrounding the capital city of St. John's on the east coast of the island, while the remainder live in many other communities throughout the province.

Every community in the province, even the ones considered medium sized or rural have modern amenities and are typically well connected with roads and communication systems. Some of the communities in the province are; City of St. John's, City of Mount Pearl, Town of Conception Bay South, Town of Gander, Town of Grand Falls- Windsor, City of Corner Brook, Town of Stephenville, Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador City and Wabush, Deer Lake, Marystown, St. Anthony, Placentia, Carbonear, Springdale, Channel-Port aux Basques, Clarenville, Trinity, Southern Labrador, North West Avalon among others.

1.7 Work/ Life Balance

The pace of life in Newfoundland and Labrador is relaxed.
The regular work week is comprised of 40 hours of work.
The people are internationally reputed to be friendly and hospitable.
Violent crime rate is low and the population density is comfortable.
The province has an abundance of clean air and fresh water and the naturally rich environment promotes outdoor activities.
The richness of arts and culture is widely explored by the people.
The local culture is celebrated through art, food, social gatherings and music.
Generally speaking, the province is one of the friendliest safest and relaxing places to work and live in Canada.

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