Combined Council of Labrador
Come Work In Labrador
Labrador as a region is a very unique place to live and work.There is such cultural diversity many professionals have taken the lure and make Labrador their home!There is something about setting foot on Labrador soil that captures your imagination.If you are an outdoor enthusiast, there may be no better place to live and work.
Many Labrador communities have taken the initiative to form welcoming committees and developed incentives for professionals that live in the area.How does special invitations to community events, free snow clearing or lower taxes sound to you?

Strengths of Working in Labrador

Rich cultural diversity.

Labrador benefits package for some professions in coastal areas as well as Northern Allowance for Provincial and Federal government public servants.

Many Labrador communities have several volunteer opportunities to suite your interest.The Labrador volunteer sector is very important and you may help with the development of these remote regions whether it be in the arts, economic development or helping the local municipal council with your expertise.

Great work opportunities and experiences in the region, with autonomy, challenge and diversity.

Abundance of community activities like the Labrador Winter Games, Creative Arts Festival, musical festivals and various sporting / recreation activities.

Low crime rates, with safe communities to raise families.

Vast wilderness with great adventure tourism like hunting, fishing and kayaking.

Many winter activities such as snowmobiling, snow shoeing, sledding and skiing.

Strong support network of professionals.

An emerging highway connection from L'anse au Clair, to Cartwright and Happy Valley - Goose Bay to Labrador West.

There are new school and health infrastructures in every community on the north coast of Labrador.

Coastal communities in the south have medical clinics staffed by regional nurses and various specialist services depending on the area.

Great economic opportunity in an area on the verge of expansion.

Challenges of Working in Labrador

A vast land mass with a limited population may lead to some professional and geographic isolation, especially if you are a "one of" professional.

High cost of travel, food, electricity, fuel and postage in coastal areas continue to be challenging but there is a collective movement to advocate for change.

Labrador is not an urban environment but quite innovative in hosting activities, events and celebrations.

Long, cold winters, sometimes lasting from November to May but are laced with a big blue sky, plenty of sunshine, exciting activities and celebrations.

Some limitations in specialized health services however, access to these services throughout other areas of the province is attainable.

Small town way of life can sometimes mean community rivalries, but it also means a safety and camaraderie like no other!

Key Employer Web Sites

Voiseys Bay Nickel Company[Link]

Iron Ore Company of Canada[Link]

Serco Facilities Management[Link]

Labrador Fishermen's Union Shrimp Company[Link]

Health Labrador Corporation[Link]

Grenfell Regional Health Services[Link]

Labrador School Board[Link]

Labrador Inuit Association[Link]

Government of Canada Job Bank[Link]

Key Economic Development Web Sites

North Link[Link]

Labrador North Chamber of Commerce[Link]

6 Unique Career Opportunities in Labrador

Nurse or doctor in a remote community.

Social worker in a remote community.

Mining professional in Labrador West or Voiseys Bay.

Air Traffic Controller at 5 Wing Goose Bay.

Teacher in aboriginal communities.

Research / Study the archeological history of Labrador.

A Labrador Success Story

Labrador as a region and a collective group of people that care about Labrador have created some impressive statistics.

Quality of Life

In 2002, 66% of those in Labrador rated their quality of life as very good to excellent compared to 63% in the province as a whole.


The 2001 Census population for Labrador is 27,860. This represents a decline of 6% since 1996. Over the same period, the entire province has experienced a population decline of 7% (512,930 in 2001, down from 551,795).


The 2000 income for every man, woman, and child (personal income per capita) in Labrador was $19,600. For the province, personal income per capita was $17,000 and for Canada it was $22,600. After tax personal income per capita, adjusted for inflation, was $13,600 for Labrador in 2000. For the province it was $12,000.

Half of the couple families in Labrador had incomes of more than $61,500 in 2000. Half of the couple families in the province had incomes of more than $43,100.

Half of the lone-parent families in Labrador had incomes of less than $19,000 in 2000. Half of the lone-parent families in the province had incomes of less than $19,000.


The 2000 self-reliance ratio for Labrador was 87%. This is a measure of the community's dependency on government transfers such as: Canada Pension, Old Age Security, Employment Insurance, social assistance, etc. The higher the percentage of income that comes from transfers the lower the self-reliance ratio. The provincial self-reliance ratio for 2000 was 78%.
The number of individuals in Labrador who received social assistance at some point in the year 2002 was 3,135. This was lower than the 1991 figure of 4,695.

12% of the population received social assistance at some point during the year 2001. At the provincial level, 14% received social assistance at some point during the year 2001.

The number of beneficiaries in Labrador who collected Employment Insurance at some point in the year 2002 was 5,135. This was lower than the 1992 figure of 6,910.

32% of the labour force in Labrador collected Employment Insurance in 2000. This was lower than the provincial rate of 37%.


The employment rate for May 2001 for people aged 18 to 64 was 60%. The provincial employment rate was 55%.

The employment rate for the entire year 2000 for those aged 18 to 64 was 81%. The provincial employment rate for the same period was 74%.
In 2001, 24% of those employed in Labrador were working in sales and service occupations.

In 2001, for those people that completed a post secondary program/degree/diploma, 75% in Labrador were working in their field of study. At the provincial level 67% were currently working in their field of study. 83% in Labrador had worked in their field of study at some point in 2001. At the provincial level, 81% had worked in their field of study.

*Source: Strategic Social Plan Data

2011 Combined Councils of Labrador

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