Facts about Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada

Guide to working as a physician in Newfoundland Canada

Sarah Peddie

Medical Jobs in Newfoundland - Some Information About the Province 

Newfoundland, Canada is a great place to start a medical career in Canada. A gentle introduction to the country and its medical system, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has faster immigration processes, easier licensing processes and salaried positions which provide initial security whilst you acclimatise to the country and its ways of working.

The location of Newfoundland and Labrador 

  • Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province of Atlantic Canada.
  • Newfounldand is a large island and Labrador is the adjacent landmass.
  • Newfoundland is the world's 16th-largest island and Canada's fourth-largest island.
  • Newfoundland and its associated small islands have a total area of 111,390 square kilometres.

The Population of Newfoundland

With just over 520,000 inhabitants, Newfoundland is one of North America's most sparsely populated provinces and the population is spread over a large geographical area with one capital city and several smaller towns.

The Capital St John's

St John's is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador and its largest city with a population of 113,00 people, making it one of the smallest provincial capitals in Canada, but the largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador. The city centre is located in the downtown area around St John's Harbour and the rest of the city spreads from that point.  St Johns is home to Memorial University, a public university which is one of Canada's top 20 reseacrh universities. 40% of the university's research is ocean related and the university is a key partner with the Ocean Frontier Institute.

St. John’s is the oldest city in Canada and also the oldest settled location for English-speaking North America. Newfoundland has a rich history of European colonisation and it was one of the first places in the New World where the Europeans settled. Newfoundland was part of the British Colony but joined mainland Canada on March 31 in 1949.

Around the city, there are 12 suburban communities,  the largest of these is the city of Mount Pearl and the towns of Conception Bay South and Paradise. The third-largest city is Corner Brook which is situated on the Bay of Islands on the west coast.  

Attractions of Newfoundland

The island has a lot of natural attractions and many opportunities  to engage in the outdoor activities for which the province is famous. Sea kayaking, camping, fishing, hunting and hiking are just some of the activities available around Newfoundland. The International Appalachian Trail is being extended along the island’s mountainous west coast. 

Gros Morne National Park is located on the west coast - it was named a designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987 due to its complex geology and amazing scenery. It is the largest national park in Atlantic Canada and is a popular tourist destination. 

There are many things on the island that will keep residents  entertained, especially during the summer festivals. St. John’s has the best nightlife on the island and in George Street, located in downtown St. John’s, is closed for 20 hours per day to traffic. The Mile One Stadium is a large venue for sports events and concerts. 

Newfoundland Climate

There are two climate types throughout the island which are subarctic and humid continental climate. Winters last from December to April and snow is usual. Summers are warm and dry..

Doctor Jobs in Newfoundland

Doctors are always welcome in Newfoundland to fill the shortages the province experiences in many specialities. If you think this would be the right place to start a career in Canada Register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you along the way to get your dream job overseas.