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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 776,827 residents (in 2019), 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. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the average house price in New Brunswick in 2020 is just $191,942. 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 and if your occupation is in-demand, you stand a great chance of immigrating to Canada through one of the following New Brunswick PNP Categories.

New Brunswick PNP Categories

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

  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry Stream;
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Skilled Workers Stream;
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneurial Stream; and
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry Stream

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 Express Entry system.

To be Eligible For This Pathway, You Must:

Be living and working in New Brunswick in a job classified at National Occupational Classification (NOC) level 0, A or B with a valid Canadian work permit and a letter of employment;
Meet the minimum language requirements of CLB or NCLC 7;
Have at least a secondary school graduation certificate or diploma. This document must be a Canadian credential or it must be accompanied by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) 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) at level 0, A or B in order to claim points;
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);
  • Work 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 Workers 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;
Be between the ages of 22 and 55;
Have at least a secondary school graduation certificate or diploma. This document must be a Canadian credential or it must be accompanied by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) proving that your foreign credential is equivalent;
Have the English and French language skills (minimum CLB or NCLC 4) required to fulfil the particular job's duties;
Have the qualifications, certificates or licences required to perform their duties in the intended occupation;
Have at least one year’s worth of work experience in a relevant job in the last five years;
Demonstrate an intention to live and work in New Brunswick; and
Score a minimum of 60 points (out of 100) 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)
  • Note: work experience is not required for international graduates with a minimum one year's qualification from a New Brunswick institution.

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.

The Applicant Must:

Your business has an economic benefit for the province;
Conduct an exploratory visit of at least five full business days in New Brunswick;
Have the English and French language skills (minimum CLB or NCLC 5) required to fulfil the particular job's duties;
Have at least a 2-year post-secondary education (if you have a foreign education you will require an ECA);
You must be involved and be present in the day to day running of the business;
Own at least a third of the business;
Have a personal net worth of at least $600,000 of which $300,00 must be liquid;
When investing in an existing eligible business, invest no less than $250,000;
Be between the ages of 22 and 55;
Create or maintain at least two jobs in New Brunswick;
Be able to demonstrate a purchased business is profitable and has been in operation for at least two years;
Complete a New Worth Verification Report within 90 days after receiving an ITA;
Submit a business plan;
Demonstrate an intention to live and work in New Brunswick; and
Score a minimum of 65 points (out of 100) in the following selection factors:
  • Age (Maximum 10 points);
  • Language (Maximum 25 points);
  • Education (Maximum 25 points);
  • Personal net worth of at least CAD$600,000;
  • Business ownership (Maximum 20 points);
  • Business concept (Maximum 15 points); and
  • Adaptability (Maximum 5 points); 


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 2,000 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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