The federal government of Canada and the New Brunswick government have signed a new immigration agreement, the New Brunswick Immigration Agreement. The agreement aims to address labor shortages and aid population growth in New Brunswick.
The agreement was signed at a ceremony in Moncton New Brunswick, during the forum the first Forum on Francophone Immigration between federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for immigration and for the Canadian Francophone.
The agreement supports New Brunswick in its goal to help fill labor shortages and grow its population by welcoming new immigrants. The agreement effectively outlines how Canada and New Brunswick will work together to attract and retain French-speaking immigrants and bring in more skilled workers. The agreement will seek to help New Brunswick to connect with these new immigrants with Francophone communities, as well as promote French integration services.
One-third of New Brunswick residents are Francophone representing the highest proportion of any province other than Quebec. This agreement comes soon after Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced that changes to the federal Express Entry immigration system would come into effect this coming June. Among those changes will be additional points for candidates with French skills.
The agreement which aligns with the Atlantic Growth Strategy, including the recently-launched Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, will guide the relationship between Canada and New Brunswick for the next five years. According to IRCC, it is the first comprehensive bilateral agreement on immigration between Canada and New Brunswick.
Commenting on the agreement Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Mr. Ahmed Hussen said, “I am pleased that Canada and New Brunswick have signed the first Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement, which includes a focus on francophone immigration. We anticipate that this agreement will contribute to New Brunswick’s efforts to grow its francophone communities and meet its francophone immigration targets. I look forward to continuing a strong, collaborative relationship with New Brunswick under this new partnership in support of the province’s economic priorities.”
Prospective immigrants to New Brunswick can move to the province through any of the following options:
- The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program – This new program has streams for skilled workers, intermediate-skilled workers, and international graduates.
- The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) – This program includes streams for skilled workers and business applicants.
- The Express Entry system – Canada’s federal immigration selection system manages applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.