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 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.
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.
New Brunswick immigration has opened its Express Entry stream to candidates who meet specific criteria. The province is accepting Expressions of Interest for New Brunswick immigration from candidates already living and working in New Brunswick. Candidates must meet all of the following criteria: Have a profile in the federal Express Entry Pool with profile number