Immigration and Settlement in New Brunswick, Canada
New Brunswick is one of eastern Canada's Maritime Provinces. It encompasses rivers, pine forest, mountains and the Bay of Fundy, known for extreme tides and whale-watching. New Brunswick's climate is more severe than that of the other Maritime Provinces, which are lower and have more shoreline along the moderating sea. New Brunswick has a humid continental climate, with slightly milder winters on the Gulf of St. Lawrence coastline. Elevated parts of the far north of the province have a subarctic climate.
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
NBPNP, a provincial immigration program is made possible through an agreement with the Government of Canada. 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.
1.The Express Entry New Brunswick Labour Market Stream is new to the NBPNP. Potential applicants need to complete an expression of interest and submit it to the NBPNP.
New Brunswick is only accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the PNP Express Entry Labour Market Stream from individuals currently employed in New Brunswick & who demonstrate French as a first language, proven by a Test d’évaluation de francais (TEF).Applicants must meet the criteria :
- All eligibility criteria and selection factors for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (obtaining at least 67 points out of 100); and Provincial criteria, including age (22-55); a signed commitment to live and work in New Brunswick.
- Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 in all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- Must have secondary school graduation certificate, secondary school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
- Must have at least one year of continuous full-time experience in the primary occupation.
- Age must be between 22 and 55 years old.
- Candidate must have enough money to support himself & his family after you arrive in Canada.
- Candidate will be required to sign and submit a Commitment to Live and Work in New Brunswick form. This commitment will assert that the principal applicant will maintain their primary residence in New Brunswick.
*This is a specific criterion for applicants to the NBPNP Express Entry program stream and not a requirement of the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
2. NBPNP – Entrepreneurial Stream
The Entrepreneurial Stream was developed for experienced business owners and senior managers who wish to become permanent residents by owning a business in New Brunswick (NB) and managing it, while residing in the Province.
- have an eligible connection to New Brunswick; and
- be between 22-55 years of age; and
- have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark Test in speaking, listening, reading and writing competencies in English or French; and
- have completed a minimum of two years of full-time post-secondary education after completing high school; and
- have a verifiable personal net worth** of at least CAD $600,000 of which CAD $300,000 must be liquid and unencumbered funds; and
- have at least three out of five years of experience in managing and owning a business (of at least 33.3%);or have five years out of five of experience in a senior business management role or more
- want to live permanently in New Brunswick, while owning and managing a local business; and
- be able to invest at least $250,000 CAD of own funds to establish a business in NB.
Expression of Interest – Entrepreneurial Stream
- an Expression of Interest (EOI) needs to be submitted first
- Based on highest scores and business concepts. EOI’s will be selected.
- Only EOIs with an eligible connection will be accepted
An eligible connection to New Brunswick may be any of the following:
- Candidate has participated in an NBPNP promotional event organized by the Province of New Brunswick within 2 years prior to submitting an EOI.
Candidate has made an exploratory visit to NB for at least five business days within 2 years prior to submitting an EOI. Purpose of this visit is to conduct extensive research related to business opportunities that are of economic benefit to New Brunswick
- Candidate, or spouse or common-law partner, has at least one year of post-secondary education in NB.
- Candidate, or spouse or common-law partner, has worked in NB for at least one year.
- Candidate, or spouse or common-law partner, have family (son or daughter over the age of 18 years, brother, sister, mother, father, grand parent, aunt and/or uncle) residing in NB for at least one year. The family member must be a Permanent Resident or a Canadian Citizen.
Invitation to Apply (ITA)
The selected candidate from Pool will receive a written ITA. They must submit an immigration application to the Department within 90 days to the issuance of the ITA letter.