The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program has closed its Express Entry Labour Market Stream to the vast majority of potential candidates.
The stream is now only open for Expressions of Interest from those already working in the province, and those who demonstrate French as a first language, as proven by a Test d’évaluation de francais (TEF).
Previously, the province had temporarily opened the stream to candidates in specific priority occupations. Candidates are advised to monitor for further temporary openings.
Those priority occupations were:
|NOC code||Job description|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2281||Computer network technician|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|3012||Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses|
|3233||Licensed practical nurses|
|0631||Restaurant and food service managers|
|1311||Accounting technicians and bookkeepers|
|0311||Managers in health care|
|6211||Retail sales supervisors|
|1111||Financial auditors and accountants|
New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream: Criteria
To submit an application under this category, candidates must:
- Meet all eligibility criteria and selection factors for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (obtaining at least 67 points out of 100).
- Be aged between 21 and 55.
- Score Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for English or French in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- Have minimum secondary school education, either obtained in Canada or assessed by a designated body if obtained outside Canada.
- Have at least one year work experience in National Occupational Classification 0, A or B.
- Sign a commitment to live and work in New Brunswick.
- Provide proof of minimum funds required by the federal government to establish successfully in New Brunswick.
- Where an application is backed by a job offer, the New Brunswick company must have been operating for at least one year at the time the application is received.
Meanwhile, the executive director of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council recently called for a municipal nominee program to be introduced to give cities more control over New Brunswick immigration.
Alex LeBlanc says the integration of immigrants happens in towns and cities, meaning it made sense for immigration decisions to happen there too.
LeBlanc’s idea is for a municipal program to run alongside the current provincial program. He wants to see skilled workers and business immigrants given expedited processing to bring them in where needs are greatest.
The current provincial nominee programs allow Canadian provinces limited control over immigration, except in the case of Quebec. Quotas are set at federal level for how many immigrants the provinces can bring in.