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New Brunswick Creates Specific Pathway For Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 7511)

New Brunswick immigration has created a specific pathway for transport truck drivers under the existing New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program skilled worker immigration stream.

The new pathway, effective October 1, 2020, comes in response to feedback on staff shortages from industry stakeholders, the province says.

The new stream targets National Occupation Classifications (NOC) 7511 for Transport Truck Drivers.

Notably, eligibility criteria include two years of work experience in the past five years, including nine months in New Brunswick, plus a permanent, full-time job offer under NOC 7511.

Candidates must have a valid New Brunswick Class 1 Driving License and must demonstrate the intention to settle in the province.

Selection criteria and factors are the same as the existing New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

Under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program is the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream. This is created and designed for Foreign Nationals with the skills, education, and work experience needed to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy.

If you are an intending candidate, you must meet the program’s minimum eligibility requirements, have a genuine offer of employment from a New Brunswick Employer, and, more importantly, have full intention to live and work in the New Brunswick province permanently.

This program also helps New Brunswick employers who cannot fill job vacancies in their companies with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident recruit foreign nationals and international graduates with the requisite skills needed in the province.

New Brunswick Pathway For Transport Truck Drivers – NOC 7511

On October 1, 2020, the province of New Brunswick created a new pathway for Transport truck drivers under the existing skilled worker stream. This became necessary in response to industry stakeholders’ feedback regarding staff shortages.

Transport Truck Drivers’ Eligibility Requirements

#1 Proven Intent to reside in the Province of New Brunswick permanently

To qualify for this application, you will be required to demonstrate or prove your intention to reside in New Brunswick by providing evidence that may include your purpose to be established. You may, thus, be asked to confirm your attachment to New Brunswick. This may include providing the following, but are not limited to:

• Describing any actions you have taken to settle in New Brunswick permanently;

• Your current employment in New Brunswick;

• Your employment search details;

• The length of any previous and current period of residence in New Brunswick;

• Your proof of community involvement;

• ability to support yourself in New Brunswick;

• connections to New Brunswick through work, study, or family;

• professional networks and affiliations;

• Your residency, including household lease agreements and property ownership;

• Your family ties to New Brunswick and other social relationships and connections;

• Supply the details of your prior visits to Canada, if any.

• Your connection to other jurisdictions in Canada.

Work Experience: To be eligible, you must have two (2) years of work experience. In addition, you must have six months of work experience in New Brunswick. You will also be required to provide a Labour Market Impact Assessment-supported work permit or a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

#2 Job Offer

a) To be eligible, your intended employer:

  • Must have been in continuous, active operation in New Brunswick for at least two years under the same ownership.
  • Have a physical presence in New Brunswick.
  • Must be in good standing with federal and provincial employment standards.
  • Should not violate the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) or Immigration and Refugees Protection Regulations (IRPR).
  • Your employer must be actively engaged in the New Brunswick business, therefore, should be directly connected to your employment.

b) Your Job offer must be permanent, full-time, and non-seasonal. Permanent means the job has no pre-determined end date; that is, it is a long-term job offer. Here, full-time means you are expected to work a minimum of 30 weekly or 1,560 hours per year.

C) Ensure you are qualified for the position. You are responsible for demonstrating that you are eligible for the job you are employed for. PETL may refer to the National Occupation Code (NOC) and industry standards to determine the minimum qualifications for an occupation.

PETL uses the NOC to classify jobs according to duties, skills, aptitudes, and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labor market. The NOC helps determine whether a job meets the skill levels established for skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled worker occupations and whether the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the job requirements.

Differences Between Levels Of Skilled Workers

  • PETL differentiates between skilled workers, semi-skilled, and low-skilled workers.
  • PETL defines High-skilled workers as individuals with an occupation within NOC 0, A, B.
  • Semi-skilled workers are occupations that fall under NOC C.

While, Low-skilled workers are occupations that fall under NOC D, skill types 7, 8, and 9, as well as NOC 6711 (Food Counter Attendants) and NOC 6731 (Light-duty Cleaners).

D) Your wage offering or expectation must be competitive with New Brunswick wage rates for your type of employment.

That is, it must meet or exceed the median wage level for the occupation in the region of New Brunswick where you will be working, to be considered eligible.

For examples of market wage rates by occupation, visit the link:

• Your rate must be comparable to the rate paid to workers with a similar level of experience and training for equivalent jobs in New Brunswick.

• Your desired wage must also be consistent with the wage compensation structure of your employer.


PETL will not consider bonuses, commissions, profit-sharing distributions, tips/gratuities, overtime wages, housing allowances, room, and board, or other similar payments as part of your wage.

If you were originally hired on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the wage you are earning at the time of registration and application must be equal to or greater than the wage stated in the offer of employment and on the LMIA.

E) To apply, you must have a valid New Brunswick Class 1 Driving License.

4) Criteria for Selection

Selection criteria for truck drivers are the same as those already stipulated for the Skilled Worker Stream.

The work experience requirements are also the same. Click on the link above to see the complete conditions for the Skilled Worker Program. As a prospective candidate, you must have a full-time, permanent job offer that falls under NOC 7511 to qualify.

Do You Need A Representative To Help You Apply?

The answer is an emphatic No. The Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick treat everyone equally. Therefore, whether you use a representative or not, your application forms will be treated with the same criteria and standards.

Therefore, All the forms and information that you need to apply to immigrate to Canada are available to you for free. Thus, if you follow the instructions in the application guide, you can complete the application form and submit it on your own.

If you decide to use an immigration representative, you are advised to be careful whom you ask for such assistance and representation.

In addition, if you hire a paid representative, do your due diligence to determine if such a person is authorized.


  • This means that such a representative must have a license to practice and offer advice
  • Should you choose a paid representative who is not authorized, be informed that your application might be returned or refused.
  • If you give representatives money or compensate them in any other way in exchange for their services, they’re considered paid and, therefore, ensure such a person is authorized.

Application Fees for transport truck drivers in the Province of New Brunswick

One of the criteria to become a valid transport truck driver in the Province of New Brunswick is that you become or intend to become a permanent resident of the province. Below is a list of the fees required to apply for your PR.

However, it is advised that you pay the right of permanent residence fee (CAN$500) as early as possible in your application process to prevent delays in processing. This compulsory payment must be made before you become a permanent resident.


Your Application

Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)


Your application (without right of permanent residence fee) 825

Include your spouse or partner

Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)


Include your spouse or partner (without right of permanent residence fee) 825

Include a dependent child 225(per child)

Should you or any family member be required to give biometrics, you are to pay your biometrics fees at the same time you pay your other fees. So make sure you pay using the same payment method.

Biometrics (if required)FEES$CAN

Biometrics – per person 85

Biometrics – per family (2 or more people)

Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place


Before You make Your Payments

Include your proof of payment (receipt) with your application and keep a copy for your records.

If you pay the wrong fees or do not use one of the approved methods listed below, your application will be returned to you without processing. Also, once your application has begun to be processed, your fees will not be refunded.

You will have to pay any costs for returning your file, overpayments, or any unrelated documents you included with your application by accident.


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