5 Things to Know About the New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program in 2021

New Brunswick borders the state of Maine to the west and the Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and Quebec to the east and north and is further surrounded by the great Atlantic Ocean. It’s the biggest of the four Atlantic provinces and has both English and French as official spoken languages. The hidden gem of Canada plans to welcome 7,500 new residents from overseas per year by 2024 and in this blog, we discuss how you can be one of them!

Did you know? The New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program 2021 and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) are two of the best Canadian immigration programs that lead directly to a new, higher quality life in New Brunswick.

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The NBPNP was created to bring the benefits of immigration to the province. Foreign nationals and international graduates fill job vacancies that employers are unable to fill due to Canada’s aging population and they establish businesses that create more jobs for New Brunswickers and boost the local economy. Through this program, New Brunswick plans to welcome 7,500 newcomers every year by 2024. Find out more about the top immigration streams available under the New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program in 2021.

The Skilled Worker Stream

The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is open to foreign nationals, living in Canada or abroad, who have an offer of employment for a full-time, permanent position from an employer-based in New Brunswick. You must further meet the minimum requirements of this stream to be eligible to apply for a provincial nomination. There are slightly different eligibility requirements for transport truck drivers (NOC 7511), including a minimum of two years prior experience in the job and six months of work experience in New Brunswick.


New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream
Minimum Requirements
Age19 - 55 years old
LanguageCLB four
EducationThe equivalent of a Canadian secondary school diploma
Work experienceOne year of paid experience in NOC O, A, B, or D in the past five years
Offer of employmentPermanent and full time in NOC O, A, B, or D
IntentionLive and work in New Brunswick
Settlement fundsN/A

The Strategic Initiative Stream

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As the only officially bilingual province in Canada, New Brunswick’s goal is that a third of new immigrants to the province are Francophones. The New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream is open to French-speaking workers, living in Canada or abroad, who have a connection to the province in one of three ways listed below. You must further meet the minimum requirements of this stream to be eligible to apply for a provincial nomination.

You must have:

  1. an offer of employment for a full-time, permanent position;
  2. visited New Brunswick for exploratory purposes; or
  3. been directly invited by the province based on the New Brunswick economic needs.

New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream
Minimum Requirements
Age19 - 55 years old
LanguageCLB five exclusively in French
EducationThe equivalent of a Canadian secondary school diploma
Work experienceOne year of paid experience in NOC O, A, B or D in the past five years
Connection to provinceJob offer, exploratory visit, or direct invitation
IntentionLive and work in New Brunswick
Settlement funds$12,699 or more

The Express Entry Stream

New Brunswick will occasionally invite candidates directly from the Express Entry pool. If you are invited you will receive a Notification or Letter of Interest (LOI) from the Province of New Brunswick and must create an INB account and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Express Entry stream. Candidates are typically selected in response to the labor market needs of the province.


New Brunswick Express Entry Stream
Minimum Requirements
Age22 - 55 years old
LanguageCLB seven
EducationThe equivalent of a Canadian secondary school diploma
Work experienceOne year of paid experience in NOC O, A or B
Offer of employmentN/A
IntentionLive and work in New Brunswick
Settlement funds$12,690 or more

The Business Immigration Stream

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The New Brunswick Business Immigration Stream is designed for experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to establish, operate, and actively manage a business while living in New Brunswick permanently. The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL) will consider certain types of businesses or the purchase of an existing business based on the economic situation of the New Brunswick labor market.


New Brunswick Business Immigration Stream
Minimum Requirements
Age21 - 59 years old
LanguageCLB five
EducationThe equivalent of a Canadian secondary school diploma
Work experienceBusiness owner (min 51%) OR senior manager (NOC 0) in a business during three of the past five years
Offer of employmentN/A
IntentionLive and operate in New Brunswick
Investment amountCAD $150,000

How Does the NBPNP Immigration Process Work?

Applying to the NBPNP is quite complex with different types of applications to submit at various stages of the process. It costs approximately $250 to submit an application for the New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program in 2021.

If you meet the minimum requirements of one of the NBPNP streams you’ll need to collect all of the required documents. These include your English or French language test scores, Education Credential Assessment (ECA) and, if required, a valid job offer letter, among other documents.

Then, you can register a profile with the New Brunswick INB system and wait to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once you receive an ITA, you can submit an application to New Brunswick online and wait to receive a Nomination. Finally, you can apply to the IRCC (Federal Government) with your nomination for permanent residency.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

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New Brunswick is one of four Atlantic provinces situated on Canada’s east coast and characterized by stunning beaches, vibrant harbors, lush forests, delicious seafood, and a low cost of living. Skilled and intermediate skilled workers from overseas as well as international graduates who studied in one of the provinces can apply for permanent residency, and settle in Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The main requirement is to obtain a valid job offer from a designated employer in New Brunswick or any of the other three provinces. Alternatively, if you find a job you can always ask your employer to become designated to support your application for permanent residency (pr).

GOOD TO KNOW: The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is LMIA-exempt. This means, employers don’t have to get a labor market impact assessment to hire you, and you can start working in Canada while your PR application is being processed.

Cost of Living in New Brunswick

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So, is New Brunswick the right choice for you and your family? The great news is that the cost of living in New Brunswick is a lot lower than in other Canadian provinces including Ontario, and British Columbia. In fact, New Brunswick has some of the cheapest rent and housing prices with a two-bedroom apartment in Moncton going for $1,165. The average hourly rate is $16,60 and the major industries are agriculture, manufacturing, and services.

Families will enjoy the peaceful, laid-back life and scenic views of the province that’s covered with forests, and provides plenty of recreational activities such as hiking, camping, and exploring the famous Fundy National Park that boasts the highest tides in the world at 19 meters!

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