As the largest of Canada's Atlantic maritime provinces, New Brunswick boasts of natural resources - forests, fishing, agriculture, tourism - that have traditionally been at the center of its economy.  In addition to the export of lumber, New Brunswick has recently added major financial and insurance companies, information technology firms, customer service and technical support call-centers to its line-up of major industries. The number of manufacturing industries is also on the rise, primarily for food and beverages, pulp and paper furniture, metal processing and transportation equipment.

The capital of New Brunswick is Fredericton.  The largest city though is Saint John and is also the oldest city in the province.  Saint John is not to be confused with St. John, a city in Newfoundland and Labrador. The other cities in New Brunswick are Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, Miramichi, and Moncton.


If you are from a country where French is one of the official languages, you'll be glad to note that New Brunswick is the only Canadian province that is constitutionally bilingual - which in part has contributed to the number of modern service industries in its cities.  And if you decide to settle in New Brunswick you'll get a choice to enroll your child in either an English or French school should you decide to take advantage of the provincially-funded public education system from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  Attendance is compulsory until your child completes high school or the age of 18. 

For a province of less than one million people, there are four public universities offering a wide variety of academic programs and three publicly funded institutions offering post-secondary education.  Of these, the University of New Brunswick is the oldest English-language university in Canada and has campuses in Fredericton and Saint John. And if you'd rather study in a francophone institution outside the province of Québec, you may want to consider enrolling at Université de Moncton.

Studying at a public post-secondary institution in New Brunswick - whether a university or a community college - is also extremely affordable with a Tuition Access Bursary (TAB) established by the Government of New Brunswick.  The TAB will provide upfront, non-repayable assistance for students with gross household incomes of $60,000 or less.

The provincial government has also created or enhanced a suite of employment programs to help students gain work experience and develop skills during and after their studies.  These include the Youth Employment Fund and the Student Employment Experience Development program.


The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is a provincial immigration program made possible through an agreement with the Government of Canada.  As an economic program, the NBPNP selects, and nominates, qualified business people and skilled workers from around the world who will live in New Brunswick and contribute to the local economy.  Processing time will therefore be faster than other Canadian immigration classes.  The NBPNP currently accepts applications under the following categories:

Remember, a nomination certificate does not guarantee the issuance of a permanent resident visa. The NBPNP may withdraw your nomination at any time prior to the issuance of a permanent resident visa.  Moreover, final decisions on permanent resident visas are the sole responsibility of IRCC. You must meet all Canadian immigration regulations, including a medical examination and security and criminal checks.

The reasons for which the NBPNP may withdraw a nomination include the following:

Express Entry Labour Market Stream

The NBNP developed the Express Entry Labour Market Stream which uses the federal Express Entry electronic immigration management system. If you are interested in applying, you must complete an expression of interest and submit it to the NBPNP.

ELIGIBILITY FACTORS

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

To check the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) of your International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score, check the table below:

CLB Level

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

4

4.5

3.5

4.0

4.0

5

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

6

5.5

5.0

5.5

5.5

7

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

8

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

9

8.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

10 and above

8.5 – 9.0

8.0 – 9.0

7.5 – 9.0

7.5 – 9.0

To check the NCLC (Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens) equivalent of your scores in the Test d'Évaluation de Français (TEF), check the table below:

NCLC Level

Speaking 

(expression orale)

Listening 

(compréhension de l'orale)

Reading 

(compréhension de l'écrit)

Writing 

(expression écrite)

4

181 – 225

145 – 180

121 – 150

181 – 225

5

226 – 270

181 – 216

151 – 180

226 – 270

6

271 – 309

217 – 248

181 – 206

271 – 309

7

310 – 348

249 – 279

207 – 232

310 – 348

8

349 - 370

280 - 297

233 - 247

349 - 370

9 and above

371+

298+

248+

371+

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SELECTION FACTORS

If you meet all of the eligibility factors listed above, you will be assessed on 6 selection factors.  You must score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 in the selection factors to meet the requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Program.  The selection factors are:

Adaptability factors includes:

The NBPNP will assess your application and you should receive the decision by email, informing you if your application has been refused or if you have been nominated.  The highest ranked candidates may be invited to apply to NBPNP Express Entry Labour Market Stream. After receiving provincial nominations, IRCC will then invite top ranking candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Remember, a nomination certificate does not guarantee the issuance of a permanent resident visa. The NBPNP may withdraw your nomination at any time prior to the issuance of a permanent resident visa.  Moreover, final decisions on permanent resident visas are the sole responsibility of IRCC. You must meet all Canadian immigration regulations, including a medical examination and security and criminal checks.

YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS

Applications are not accepted by NBPNP from applicants who:

PRIORITY CATEGORIES UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY LABOUR MARKET STREAM

>> CLICK HERE to read up on the Express Entry System <<


Skilled Workers with Employer Support

Do you have a full-time, permanent offer of employment from a New Brunswick-based employer?  If so, you may want to apply under this stream.

To be eligible to apply to NBPNP's Skilled Workers with Employer Support Stream, you must meet the following criteria:

>> CLICK HERE to read up on the Express Entry System <<

Once you have met all the minimum requirements above, you must also obtain at least 50 points when assessed against 5 selection factors.  These factors are as follows:

YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS

You should not apply to this immigration stream if you:


Skilled Workers with Family Support

If you or your spouse or common-law partner has a close family relative residing in New Brunswick, you may want to consider applying to the NBPNP under the Skilled Workers with Family Support Stream.  The nature of your relationship must be any of the following:

Other eligibility requirements are as follows:

>> CLICK HERE to read up on the Express Entry System <<


Business Applicants

The Government of New Brunswick will no longer accept new applicants to the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Business Stream. This pause is effective as of September 6, 2013 and will remain in effect until further notice.

>>  CLICK HERE to return to the Provincial Nominee Main Page  <<

Living Costs

If you are interested in settling in the province, we've compiled some living costs for Vancouver and Victoria for you to compare. These figures are from the website Numbeo (listed in Canadian Dollars) for you:

Expense

Fredericton

Saint John

Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant

 72.50

75.00

McMeal at McDonalds or equivalent combo meal

10.00

9.50

Cappuccino, regular

3.97

3.58

Milk, regular 1 liter

2.23

2.58

Loaf of Fresh White Bread, 500g

2.73

2.75

Rice, white 1 kg

3.00

5.33

Eggs, 12

2.99

3.63

Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless 1 kg

13.00

12.00

Beef Round 1 kg or equivalent back leg red meat

11.02

16.33

Apples, 1 kg

4.33

6.14

Banana, 1 kg

1.96

2.90

Oranges, 1 kg

3.96

4.07

Tomato, 1 kg

4.00

6.33

Potato, 1 kg

1.60

1.00

Onion, 1 kg

No Data

5.31

Water, 1.5 liter bottle

3.75

2.75

Monthly Bus Pass, Regular Price

77.50

77.00

Gasoline, 1 liter

1.00

1.03

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline or equivalent new car

23,641.50

22,500

1 Pair of Jeans, Levis 501 or similar

55.86

37.00

1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, etc.)

41.00

55.00

1 Pair of Nike running shoes, mid-range

116.00

120.00

Apartment, 1 bedroom in the city centre, 1 month rent

738.89

685.00

Apartment, 1 bedroom outside city centre, 1 month rent

608.33

641.67

Apartment, 3 bedrooms in the city centre, 1 month rent

1,131.25

1,008.33

Apartment, 3 bedrooms outside city centre, 1 month rent

1,022.22

920.00

Average monthly disposable salary, net after tax

2,233.33

2.082.15

Want to read up on other options to immigrate to Canada? Click on any of the links below!

>>  Federal Skilled Worker Program  <<

>>  Federal Skilled Trades Program  <<

>>  Canadian Experience Class  <<

>>  Canada's International Student Program  <<

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About the Authors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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Maximino Soliman Aquino

Maximino Soliman Aquino

Maximino Soliman S. Aquino IVC's Human Resources officer and part of the AMSG.


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