The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected the number of provincial nominations issued by the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP), shows data. The number of nominations issued by this Canadian Atlantic province in 2020 remained almost the same as in 2019. Last year, New Brunswick issued a total of 2020 nominations, while the number of nominations issued in 2019 was 2022. This has proved that the province is committed to address the needs of its employers to have enough supply of skilled labour.
Fewer immigrant landings
However, there has been a significant drop in the number of permanent residents who landed in the province. This was mainly owing to the border restrictions imposed by Canada in the wake of COVID-19. While the number immigrants who landed in New Brunswick as on November 31, 2020, was 2740, it was 6000 in 2019. The processing delays from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) is cited to be another reason for fewer number of immigrants coming to New Brunswick in 2020.
High demand for skilled labourers
In New Brunswick, industries other than tourism and small and medium enterprises have not been seriously affected by the pandemic. It means the province’s need for skilled labourers remains almost the same as ever. The province’s authorities also think that immigrants are needed to support the post pandemic recovery of its economy.
By 2024, the province is planning to welcome 7500 newcomers every year. New Brunswick has a sizeable French-speaking population and it is the only Çanadian province which has both English and French as official languages. In the future too, the province is planning to welcome more French-speaking immigrants. It is expected that by 2024, almost one third of new immigrants settling in New Brunswick will be French speakers.
Regional immigration pathways
There are two major pathways to settle in New Brunswick. They are New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program(NBPNP) and Atlantic Immigration Pilot(AIP).
The NBPNP has four streams under it:
- Express Entry Labour Market Stream
- Skilled Worker with Employer Support Stream
- Post-graduate Entrepreneurial Support Stream
- Entrepreneurial Stream
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot aims to help the employers in the four Atlantic provinces of Canada, namely New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island to hire foreign workers in case if they are not able to fill vacancies with local workers. So a job offer is necessary for a foreign worker to settle in New Brunswick through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. However, a Labour Market Impact Assessment is not necessary.
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