Contractors are being forced to turn down work in the Atlantic Canadian province of New Brunswick because a downturn in immigration due to COVID-19 has left them without the skilled workers they need. “We work our whole lives to be at this point and now we have got to say no,” Jonathan Denton, owner of
New Brunswick’s hospitality and tourism sector is expected to gain some momentum with the return of the Atlantic Bubble in late April as Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination programs promise a return of higher immigration levels. In its economic forecast for the maritime province, TD Economics noted the devastating impact of the loss of the Atlantic Bubble,
New Brunswick immigration has temporarily reduced the work experience requirement for its truck driver stream, targeting candidates under NOC 7511. From March 20 until September 30, 2021, truckers only need six months of New Brunswick experience to qualify for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program stream. Previously, candidates required nine months of New Brunswick experience.
International graduates in lower skilled jobs who are already working in New Brunswick are being given a break during the pandemic, in the form of an opportunity to apply for permanent residence through the Atlantic Canadian province’s Skilled Worker Program. Usually, that stream of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) does not allow international
New Brunswick has created a new immigration pathway for truck drivers under the existing New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program skilled worker stream. The new stream, effective October 1 2020, comes in response to feedback on staff shortages from industry stakeholders, the province says. It specifically targets National Occupation Classification (NOC) 7511 for Transport Truck Drivers.
A proposed Municipal Nominee Program is being eagerly anticipated by Canada business and community leaders, hungry for a greater ability to bring in and retain immigrants. “Business owners across the country are facing challenges finding the workers they need,” notes the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) on its website. “While it’s easier (and cheaper)
2020-03-26 – The province of New Brunswick is restricting inter-provincial migration in a move aimed to help the fight against coronavirus. Provincial ‘peace officers’ are authorized to turn away visitors trying to enter the province from Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. All unnecessary travel into New Brunswick is prohibited in a move aimed
2020-02-10 – Immigration is the cornerstone of New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs’ plan to boost the province’s economy. Higgs wants to boost immigration to 10,000 new permanent residents per year by 2027, continuing an upwards curve witnessed since 2017. New Brunswick welcomed 5,660 newcomers up to November 2019, already more than 1,000 more than the
2020-02-05 – British Columbia immigration has conducted a new provincial draw, issuing invitations to apply to 85 BC PNP Tech Pilot candidates. The February 4 draw focused on four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. Minimum scores were 90 across the board for the four streams: SI – Skilled Worker SI – International
2019-10-03 – British Columbia immigration has added eight new communities to the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot. The additions mean a total of 64 communities are now signed up to take part in the pilot British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program stream. BC Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot: New Communities Akisqnuk First Nation Canal Flats Invermere Parksville Peachland