New Brunswick, one of the three Maritime Provinces in Canada, is located below Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula and shares a border with the State of Maine in the United States. It is the largest province among the three. It presents abundant employment opportunities and a lower cost of living compared to some of Canada's larger provinces. Individuals moving to New Brunswick have the option to reside in small towns or major cities like Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton. The province is renowned for its picturesque lakes, rivers, and numerous outdoor recreational sites. In 2022, the average house price in New Brunswick, Canada, was nearly 290,000 Canadian dollars. It offers some of the most affordable housing among Canadian provinces, as it had the lowest average house price in 2022 according to Statista.Prospective immigrants who possess the desired skills and experience sought by the province have the opportunity to potentially obtain a provincial nomination through the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP).

 potentially obtain a provincial nomination

NBPNP Immigration Streams

Currently, there are four immigration streams available for those aspiring to immigrate to New Brunswick.

1. Express Entry Stream

Under this stream, the NBPNP leverages the federal Express Entry immigration selection system to address the unique labor market and demographic requirements of New Brunswick. This stream functions on an 'Expression of Interest' model accepting EOIs from individuals who fulfill specific criteria that are different from the stream’s criteria for eligibility.


  • Possess an active Express Entry profile.
  • Have a Job Seeker Validation Code or provide evidence of enrollment in a PGWP-eligible program at a federally-designated post-secondary institution.
  • A letter of employment offered by the employer has to be provided with the EOI.
  • Be employed in a NOC Code B, A, or 0 positions, and EOI must consist of NOC Code.
  • Currently reside in New Brunswick.
  • Hold valid language test scores in either English or French equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark Level 7 (CLB 7).
  • Possess a valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) that verifies the fulfillment of the minimum educational credential requirement equivalent to a Canadian High School diploma.
Selection Criteria

Candidates interested in applying must achieve a minimum score of 67 out of 100 on a points grid that evaluates factors such as education, language proficiency, work experience, age, adaptability, and whether the candidate has a job offer from an employer based in New Brunswick. The following table shows the factors with the maximum corresponding points a candidate can achieve.

Factor Points
Education Maximum 25 points
Language ability in English and/or French Maximum 28 points
Maximum 15 points Work experience
Age Maximum 12 points
Arranged employment in New Brunswick Maximum 10 points
Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points

To qualify, candidates must create a profile in the federal Express Entry pool and submit an EOI to the NBPNP via email. The intake of EOIs may be temporarily paused, and the province does not announce when it will reopen. The NBPNP analyses the EOIs received and chooses eligible applicants to submit a full application for provincial nomination.

NBPNP Immigration Streams

Currently, there are four immigration streams available for those aspiring to immigrate to New Brunswick.

2. Skilled Workers Stream

RequirementsThis pathway allows for the immigration of individuals who have been extended a permanent, full- time employment opportunity by an employer in New Brunswick. The stream enables employers in the province to hire foreign nationals and international graduates with the required skills that are in demand. It helps fill positions that cannot be filled by Canadian citizens or permanent residents.


  • The candidate should be between 19 and 55 years old.
  • Have sufficient English or French language skills to perform job duties. Language test results from a designated testing organization are required, with a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in all four language areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  • Possess the necessary education, qualifications, licenses, or certifications required for the job in New Brunswick. At least a high school level of education is required.
  • Obtain a legitimate, full-time, and permanent job offer from an eligible employer in New Brunswick. The employer's business must have been established and operational in the province for a minimum of one year.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have been interviewed and hired by the prospective employer.
  • Demonstrate a genuine intention to reside and work in New Brunswick.
  • Score a minimum of 60 points on the selection grid.

3. New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

The Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial stream is part of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), which is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) administered by the province of New Brunswick. This particular stream is specifically tailored for foreign individuals who have completed their education at a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick and have successfully set up a thriving business in the province. In order to meet the eligibility requirements for the Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial stream (PGES) of the NBPNP, individuals must commence the application process by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour. The EOIs will undergo evaluation based on various factors including age, language proficiency, education, work experience, the economic impact of the business in New Brunswick, and adaptability. If selected by the NBPNP, candidates will receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from New Brunswick.


To be considered eligible for the Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial stream (PGES), candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be between 22 and 40 years old.
  • Demonstrated language proficiency of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French, covering all four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Attain a score of at least 65 out of 100 on the points assessment for New Brunswick's PGES.
  • Completion of a full-time degree or diploma program of at least two years (with a minimum of 15 hours of class per week) from a recognized university in New Brunswick or the New Brunswick Community College.
  • Reside in New Brunswick during the entire academic program. Distance-learning programs or fast-track academic programs are not eligible.
  • Own and operate a business in New Brunswick for a minimum of one full year, with 100% ownership of the business equity.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit: Possess a valid post-graduation work permit.
  • Demonstrate the intention and ability to settle in New Brunswick.
Factor Maximum Points
Age 10
Language 35
Education 25
Work Experience 10
Economic Benefit of Business 10
Adaptability 10
Total 100

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