New Brunswick Will Welcome New Immigrants despite Covid-19 Pandemic

The number of recipients of immigration nominations by New Brunswick in 2020 was similar to earlier years. Two thousand twenty candidates got nominations last year, which is comparable to 2019. However, the total number of newcomers was disappointing.

The number of nominations issued last year by New Brunswick was despite the Covid-19 challenges. These nominations were through its PNP. In 2019, New Brunswick issued 2,022 PNP nominations.

The number of nominations did not drop badly. However, 2,740 new PR holders came to the region as of November 31, 2020.

In 2019, a record 6,000 PR holders set foot on New Brunswick soil. A drop in this number last year was due to the travel restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19. It was also due to processing delays from IRCC.

The president of NBMC, Moncef Lakouas, said that the immigration numbers reveal that New Brunswick is responding to employers’ needs.

In the release, Lakouas said, “We know many sectors have been devastated by the impacts of the pandemic, especially the tourism industry and small and medium enterprises, but other sectors haven’t slowed down, and the labor needs are just as urgent. Our settlement agencies and employers have worked hard to ensure new arrivals in the province followed quarantine plans and safety protocols to avoid the virus’s spread. We even saw communities rallying to support newcomers collecting food, toys, and games to welcome families during the quarantine period.”

New Brunswick is serious about reaching its immigration targets. Their target is 7,500 immigrants each year by 2024.

The region is also coming up with ideas to attract more French-speaking immigrants. New Brunswick is the only province in Canada where both French and English are official languages.

By 2024, New Brunswick hopes to have around a third of the total immigrants as French speakers.

The interim Executive Director at the NBMC, Ginnete Gautreau, said, “The last year has been challenging for everyone, but we know employers across New Brunswick are still looking to grow their labor force, and there is still a lot of work to do to rebuild the province’s post-pandemic economy.”

Things You Should Know To Immigrate To New Brunswick

If you want to immigrate to New Brunswick, there are two economic immigration pathways for you:

  1. New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
  2. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP)

The NBPNP has a further division of four streams:

  • The Express Entry Labour Market Stream is for candidates already in the federal Express Entry system of Canada. You need to submit:
  1. Expression of Interest
  2. Education
  3. Age
  4. Work experience
  5. Language skills

You should have a sufficient amount of money to settle in the province.

  • The Skilled Worker with Employer Support System is for those workers who have a full-time permanent job offer. This offer should be from an employer in the province. These candidates should meet various eligibility criteria:
  1. Age
  2. Language skills
  3. Education
  4. Other requirements
  • The Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream is for graduates from a New Brunswick college or university who want to start their business in the region. Criteria they need to fulfill are:
  1. Age
  2. Language skills
  3. Education
  4. Other requirements
  • The Entrepreneurial Stream is for all the foreign nationals who want to commence and manage a business in the province. Essential criteria to fulfill:
  1. Age
  2. Education
  3. Language skills
  4. Other requirements
  5. Provide a business plan

New Brunswick is a part of the four Atlantic Provinces. The other three include Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Employers from these four provinces have the privilege of using the AIP to recruit foreign workers. These workers will fill job vacancies that the employers were unable to supply.

To be eligible for the AIP, candidates need a job offer. However, they do not require a Labour market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

LMIA is a document that proves that no Canadian permanent resident or citizen could fill a job vacancy.

After receiving a job offer, candidates will connect with a designated settlement service provider organization to help them with a settlement plan.

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