About New Brunswick

New Brunswick is a heavily forested province on the Atlantic Coast of Canada, more than 80% of the land is covered with woodland inhabited by moose, bears and other wildlife.

Most foreign nationals who have moved to New Brunswick find that they are quickly welcomed into the province’s friendly communities. Southern New Brunswick is home to the province's English speaking communities. While French-speaking communities, who make up one-third of the population, lie in the northern part of New Brunswick. It is the only officially bilingual province of Canada.

New Brunswick is one of Canada’s smallest provinces, it is about the same size as Ireland, Scotland or the Czech Republic. With only about 750,000 residents, there is plenty of space to make yourself a home where you can enjoy the great outdoors. To help grow the province’s population and economy the government created the New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program (New Brunswick PNP).

Why New Brunswick

New Brunswick is an especially attractive immigration destination for people who desire a simpler, no-frills lifestyle among a land teeming with lakes and forests. Real estate in New Brunswick is of the cheapest in Canada. In August 2016, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the average house price in New Brunswick was just $169,000. Newcomers, who have sold more expensive property elsewhere, often find that they can buy a house mortgage-free in New Brunswick.

In New Brunswick you get the chance to own land that typically only the wealthy can afford and you get the opportunity to live in communities where people still genuinely help one another.

Although New Brunswick does not have the fastest moving economy, the average hourly earnings for employees is consistently higher than any other Atlantic province apart from Newfoundland and Labrador.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

The New Brunswick PNP is an immigration program made possible through an agreement with the Canadian government. As an economic program, it selects and nominates qualified skilled workers from around the world to live in New Brunswick, with the hope that they will contribute to the province’s economy through full-time, ongoing employment.

New Brunswick PNP Categories

The New Brunswick PNP accepts applications under the following immigration categories:

  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry Labour Market Stream;
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Skilled Worker With Family Support;
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Skilled Workers With Employer Support Stream;
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneurial Stream; and
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Post Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS)

The EELMS is a branch of the Federal Express Entry stream new to the province. If you would like to immigrate to New Brunswick quickly, this is your best option. However, you must first meet the specific criteria set by the EELMS.

To be Eligible For This Pathway, You Must:

Meet the minimum language requirements determined by the federal government. Please note these are subject to change;
Have at least a secondary school graduation certificate or diploma. This document must be a Canadian credential or it must be accompanied with an assessment proving that your foreign credential is equivalent;
Have at least one year’s worth of work experience in a job listed by the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
Be between 22 and 55 years old;
Have enough money to support you and your dependents, even if they are not moving to New Brunswick with you;
Commit to living and working in New Brunswick; and;
Score at least 67 points out of 100 in the selection factors:
  • Language (Maximum 28 points);
  • Education (Maximum 25 points);
  • Experience (Maximum 15 points);
  • Age (Maximum 12 points);
  • Offer of Employment (Maximum 10 points); and
  • Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Skilled Worker With Family Support

Please note that the following category has been closed since February 16, 2018.

This New Brunswick PNP category recognizes the importance of family values and assists foreign nationals in immigrating to a community in the province where they will have family support. Both the applicant and the family member supporting their immigration application must meet a number of requirements to qualify for the program.

The Applicant Must:

Be a close relative of the Family Supporter;
Be between the ages of 22 and 50;
Have sufficient English or French language abilities to settle in New Brunswick and fulfil their job duties in their intended occupation;
Have the qualifications, certificates and licences required to perform their duties in the intended occupation;
Have at least two years continuous, full-time work experience in their intended occupation in New Brunswick, within the last five years;
Demonstrate the intention to live and work in New Brunswick and submit a settlement plan approved by an immigration officer; and
Have the funds to settle in New Brunswick, this is a minimum of $10,000 and an additional $2,000 for each accompanying family member.

Family Supporters Must:

Be a close relative of the applicant;
Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in New Brunswick;
Must be operating a business or working in New Brunswick for at least 12 consecutive months from the date of receipt of the application;
Be financially self-supporting;
Participate in an interview with an official from the Population Growth Division;
Assist the applicant with a settlement plan;
Support only one applicant at a time;

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Skilled Workers With Employer Support Stream

This category is meant for foreign nationals who have a genuine, full-time job offer from a New Brunswick employer.

The Applicant Must:

Have an offer of employment for a job included in one of the relevant NOC skill levels;
Have an offer of employment that addresses a skills shortage in the province;
Have an offer of employment that follows industry employment and rate of pay standards;
Have the English and French language skills required to fulfil the particular job's duties;
Have the qualifications, certificates or licences required to perform their duties in the intended occupation;
Demonstrate an intention to live and work in New Brunswick; and
Score a minimum of 50 points in the following selection factors:
  • Age (Maximum 10 points);
  • Language (Maximum 15 points);
  • Education (Maximum 18 points);
  • Adaptability (Maximum 25 points); and
  • Work Experience (Maximum 10 points)

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneurial Stream

The Entrepreneurial stream was designed for experienced business people who want to acquire Canadian permanent residence status in New Brunswick through owning and managing a business in the province.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Post Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

The Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial stream allows internationals, who graduated from recognized tertiary institutions in New Brunswick, that started or acquired a business in the province on a Post-Graduate work permit to apply for permanent residency.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project is a new employer-driven immigration program designed to build on the labour shortages and the population of the four Canadian Atlantic Provinces. Under this project, an additional 2000 immigrants and their families will be invited to move to either New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador or Nova Scotia.

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