The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

With a population of less than 760,000 and low cost of living, the Province of New Brunswick may afford new opportunities for new immigrants.


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The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
Written by Crispin Aranda and Jennifer Aranda. with contributions from Maximino Soliman Aquino.
Updated September 12, 2016 | Canada

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:

  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Family Support
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  • Business Applicants

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:

  • The NBPNP is no longer satisfied that you meet the requirements under which you were nominated;
  • The NBPNP is advised that information in your immigration application is false or misleading;
  • You do not intend to live in New Brunswick.

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:

  • Language
    • You must meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 in all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    • You may provide valid results from an acceptable test from any of the following designated CIC testing agencies:
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
      • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-General)
      • Test d’Évaluation de Français.

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+

  • Education
    • Have a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary educational credential (at least one academic year in length) OR a completed foreign educational credential from a recognized institution or authority.
    • If you have a foreign educational credential, you must submit an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report based on the protocol of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
    • If you are applying as a pharmacist or physician, you must have your credentials assessed by the designated agency as it pertains to your field.
  • Work Experience
    • Your work experience must not have been gained through self-employment or while you were a full-time student (volunteer work, unpaid internships, co-op terms, etc. do not count).
    • Have at least 12 months continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time work, paid skilled work experience in your primary occupation.
    • Your primary occupation must be listed as skill type 0, A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification.
    • This work experience in your primary occupation must have been gained in the past 10 years.

>> CLICK HERE to check your occupation on the National Occupational List <<

  • Age
    • You can apply if you are between 22 and 55 years old.
    • Your age is assessed based on the day that your application for permanent residence is received at the NBPNP and you are assigned a file number.
  • Proof of Funds
    • Provide proof of sufficient funds to support yourself and your dependent family members (even if they are not accompanying you yet).
    • You do not have to show these funds if you already have a valid offer of arranged employment in Canada OR if you are currently working or authorized to work in Canada.
  • You will live and work in New Brunswick.
    • This is a specific requirement by the province.
    • You will be required to sign and submit a Commitment to Live and Work in New Brunswick form that you maintain your primary residence in New Brunswick

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:

  • Language
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Age
  • Arranged Employment
  • Adaptability

Adaptability factors includes:

  • Your spouse's or partner's:
    • Language level
    • Past study in New Brunswick
    • Past work in New Brunswick
  • Your:
    • Past study in New Brunswick
    • Past work in New Brunswick
  • Arranged employment in New Brunswick
  • Relatives living in New Brunswick

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:

  • Have an application in process under another immigration program in Canada;
  • Intend to work in an occupation that is a National Occupational Classification (NOC) level C or D;
  • Are not lawfully residing in their country of residence at the time an application is received at the NBPNP office (proof of lawful residence is required);
  • Have an unresolved humanitarian and compassionate claim in Canada;
  • Are failed humanitarian and compassionate claimants living in Canada;
  • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada;
  • Are failed refugee claimants living in Canada;
  • Are under a removal order in Canada;
  • Are prohibited from entering Canada;
  • Are engaged in full-time post-secondary education;
  • Are on a valid federal post-graduation work permit whose occupation falls under NOC skill level C or D;
  • Are live-in caregivers;
  • Are a seasonal, part-time or casual worker;
  • Are an individual whose job is not based in New Brunswick;
  • Intend to start a business and/or be self-employed in New Brunswick; or
  • Are unable to provide proof of required amount of funds.

PRIORITY CATEGORIES UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY LABOUR MARKET STREAM

  • CONNECTION TO NEW BRUNSWICK
    • The NBPNP gives priority to individuals who can prove at least one connection to New Brunswick:
      • They are currently working in New Brunswick;
      • Have received post-secondary education diplomas from a recognized New Brunswick institution;
      • Have relatives who have been living in New Brunswick as permanent residents or Canadian citizens for at least one year;
      • Have worked full-time in New Brunswick for at least one year in the past five years;
      • Have a full-time, permanent offer of employment from a New Brunswick company; OR
      • Have French as their first language which is backed by their Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF) certificate.
    • Preference will be given to your application if you have work experience in any of the following priority occupations:
      • Information technology: programmers; analysts; and technical customer support;
      • Retail trade managers
      • Restaurant and hospitality managers; cooks; and chefs
      • Manufacturing managers
      • Business and financial analysts
      • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
      • Translators (English-French)
      • Bilingual administrative assistants (French-English)
  • ATTENDED A NBPNP INFORMATION SESSION
    • You can submit your expression of interest application any day of the week if you have attended a NBPNP information session or have met with NBPNP staff at a domestic or international recruitment event in the past two years.
    • You must be able to prove that you attended said information session.
    • Preference will be given to your application if you have work experience in any of the following priority occupations:
      • Information technology: programmers; analysts; and technical customer support;
      • Retail trade managers
      • Restaurant and hospitality managers; cooks; and chefs
      • Manufacturing managers
      • Business and financial analysts
      • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
      • Translators (English-French)
      • Bilingual administrative assistants (French-English)
  • OPEN CATEGORY
    • As of July 15, 2016, the NBPNP is no longer accepting Open Category EOIs.
    • A job offer is not required for this category.
    • Individuals who may apply to the NBPNP are the following:
      • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171
      • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
      • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
      • Computer network technicians (NOC 2281)

>> 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:

  • You will live and work in New Brunswick.
  • You have the education, qualifications and/or licenses needed to fulfill your job duties.  At the minimum, you must have attained the minimum of a Canada high school diploma.
  • Your offer of employment is genuine and meets all of the following standards:
    • Your employer must have been operating in New Brunswick for at least one year at the time you file your application;
    • You must be able to prove that you were interviewed and hired by your employer;
    • You are expected to work as a permanent full-time employee of the New Brunswick company;
    • Your job is represented in one of the following National Occupation Classification skill levels:
      • Skill levels O, A, B
      • Skill level C, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
      • Skill level D, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
      • If your skill level is C and D, you must have worked for at least one year before submitting an application to NBPNP.
    • Your job is in an area of skill shortage
    • Your job must provide a comparable industry rate of pay

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

  • Language
    • You should be able to demonstrate at least basic language ability.
    • You may be asked to submit language test results demonstrating that you achieved a minimum score equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 4 across all categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
    • The English language exam must be administered by any of the following designated testing agencies:
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
      • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program;
      • Test d’Évaluation de Français.
  • Age
    • You must be between 22 and 55 years of age as of the day your application for permanent residence is received at the NBPNP Office and you are assigned an NBPNP file number;

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:

  • Age
  • Language
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Adaptability
    • Family in New Brunswick
    • Education in New Brunswick
    • Employment in New Brunswick
    • Spouse's employment in New Brunswick
    • Labour Market Opinion
    • Additional Job Skills

YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS

You should not apply to this immigration stream if you:

  • Have an application in process under another immigration program in Canada;
  • Are not lawfully residing in your country of residence at the time an application is received at the NBPNP Office;
  • Have an unresolved humanitarian and compassionate claim in Canada;
  • Are a failed humanitarian and compassionate claimant living in Canada;
  • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada;
  • Are a failed refugee claimant living in Canada;
  • Are under a removal order in Canada;
  • Are prohibited from entering Canada;
  • Are engaged in full-time post-secondary education;
  • Are a live-in caregiver; or
  • Are a seasonal worker.

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:

  • Non-dependent child;
  • Brother or sister
  • Niece or nephew
  • Grandchild

Other eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Age
    • You must be between 22 and 55 years of age as of the day your application for permanent residence is received at the NBPNP Office and you are assigned an NBPNP file number;
  • Language
    • The English language exam must be administered by any of the following designated testing agencies:
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
      • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program;
      • Test d’Évaluation de Français.
    • You should be able to demonstrate at least basic language ability.  The minimum score equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 4 across all categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • You must have funds to settle in New Brunswick.
  • You have the education, qualifications and/or licenses needed to fulfill your job duties.  At the minimum, you must demonstrate that you:
    • Have received an academic degree awarded by a college or university, accredited by the relevant government authority, that required at least three years full-time study, OR
    • You have received a diploma, accredited by the relevant government authority, completed in a specific trade that required at least two years full-time study
  • You will live and work in New Brunswick.
    • You will be employable in New Brunswick based on your training and experience related to your intended occupation.
    • If you intend to work in a regulated profession, you must hold registration or licensure in your country of residence.
    • You must be able to present a Settlement Plan that will be approved by an Immigration Program Officer.
  • Your work experience:
    • You must have at least two years of continuous, full-time work experience in your intended occupation in New Brunswick.  This work experience must have been made within the last five years of your application.
    • Your job is represented in one of the following National Occupation Classification skill levels:
      • Skill levels O, A, B
      • Skill level C, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
      • Skill level D, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
      • If your skill level is C and D, you must have worked for at least one year before submitting an application to NBPNP.

>> 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  <<

Got a question? Let us know - we're here to help.

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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