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New Brunswick to welcome more immigrants despite the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

The number of candidates who were selected by New Brunswick to move to Canada in 2020 was similar to previous years.

Despite the challenges that came with the coronavirus pandemic, New Brunswick sent out a total of 2,020 nominations via its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2020. In 2019, the province rolled out 2,022 PNP nominations.

Although the number of nominations did not drop significantly, only 2,740 new permanent residents arrived in New Brunswick as of Nov. 31, 2020. In 2019, this number was a record 6,000.

This decline comes as a result of travel restrictions put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus, as well as processing delays from Canada’s immigration department, IRCC, according to a New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) press release.

The President of the NBMC, Lakouas Moncef, said the immigration numbers show that the province is meeting employer needs.

“We know many sectors were impacted by the pandemic, especially the tourism sector and small and medium enterprises, but other sectors have not slowed down and the labor needs are just as urgent,” Lakouas said in the release.

“Our settlement agencies and employer have worked hard to make sure new arrivals in the province followed quarantine plans and safety protocols to avoid spread of the coronavirus. We even saw communities rallying to support new permanent residents collecting food, toys and games to welcome families during the quarantine period.”

New Brunswick to welcome more immigrants, it reaches its immigration targets of around 7,500 new permanent residents per year by 2024. The New Brunswick province is also trying to attract more Francophone immigrants, as it is Canada’s only province with both French and English as official languages. By 2024 they hope that majority of new immigrants to the province are French-speakers.

“The last year has been difficult for everyone, but we know employers across New Brunswick province 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,” said Ginete Gautreau, who is the interim Executive Director at the NBMC.

All you need to know to immigrate to New Brunswick

If you wish to immigrate to New Brunswick province, here are two economic immigration options to consider:

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is divided into four streams.

  • The Express Entry Labor Market Stream is for candidates who are already residing in Canada’s federal Express Entry system. You will need to lodge an Expression of Interest, meet education, age, language, and work experience requirements, and have sufficient money to settle.
  • The Skilled Worker with Employer Support Stream is for workers who have received a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in the Canadian province. They must also meet age, education, language, and other requirements to be qualified.
  • The Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream is for candidates who have graduated from a New Brunswick college or university who wish to begin a business in the province. They must meet age, language, education, and other requirements to be qualified.
  • The Entrepreneurial Stream is for foreigners who wish to start and manage a business in New Brunswick province. Candidates must meet education, age, language and other requirements. They are also required to provide a business plan.

New Brunswick is one of four Atlantic provinces in Canada. The other four are Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

Employers from these four Atlantic provinces can use the AIP to employ foreign workers to fill jobs that they were not able to fill.

This means that to be qualified for the AIP, immigration candidates will need a job offer. They do not need a Labor Market Impact Assessment. This is a document that proves there are no Canadians available to fill the vacant position.

Once a candidate gets the job offer, they will be linked to a designated settlement service provider organization to help them come up with a settlement plan.

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