Frequently Asked Questions – New Brunswick

Sep 20, 2018Immigration, News

The following are some frequently asked questions about New Brunswick.

What is the process for immigrating to the province?

  1. Determine if you are eligible to apply to an immigration program stream to obtain your permanent resident status and assess which stream best suits your needs. To do so, consult the application guides, focusing on their Eligibility Requirements section.
  2. Apply to the most promising New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Stream. Be sure to follow the steps outlined in the Document Check List of your stream.
  3. Get your credential assessed, find work, if you have not done so already, and improve your English or French linguistic skills.
  4. Do your research on Canada and New Brunswick.
  5. Receive your provincial nomination certificate or refusal letter. Consider applying for a work permit or waiting for the application process to be completed.
  6. Upon nomination, your application will be sent to Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada. They will further analysis your application and decide if you can become a permanent resident. During this process, they will ask you to pass medical exams, and they will perform a criminal record check.
  7. Prepare financially before you leave and develop a realistic budget for the next three to six months in New Brunswick. Take into consideration that you are likely to purchase a vehicle and may job search for some time.
  8. Relocate and follow these steps.


What is the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)?

The NBPNP accelerates the Permanent Resident application process for skilled workers as well as experienced business people and their family members who want to settle in New Brunswick permanently.


What are the eligibility requirements for NBPNP Express Entry?

Please note that New Brunswick is only accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the PNP Express Entry Labour Market Stream from individuals employed in New Brunswick or applicants who:

  • have a job offer (NOC 0, A or B) from a New Brunswick company; OR
  • have a family member living in New Brunswick (principal applicant or spouse has a child, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt, who is at least 18 years old and has lived in New Brunswick for at least one year as a permanent resident or citizen of Canada); OR
  • demonstrate French as a first language or a high degree of proficiency, proven by a Test d’évaluation de français (TEF), and with experience in one of the occupations below:
    • IT:
      • Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
      • Computer network technician (2281)
      • Software engineers and designers (2173)
      • Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
      • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
    • Accounting and Finance:
      • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (1311)
      • Financial and investment analysts (1112)
    • Management:
      • Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)
      • Restaurant and food service managers (0631)
      • Managers in health care (0311)
      • Retail sales supervisors (6211)
    • Administrative assistants (1241) or Executive assistants (1222)
    • Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
    • Retail and wholesale buyers (6222) or  Purchasing agents and officers (1225)
    • Human resources professionals (1121)
    • Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)
    • Cooks (6322)


What are the steps for being a permanent resident with the NBPNP Express Entry?

Step 1 Review EELMS requirements to determine if you are eligible.
The eligibility requirements and selection factors are in our Guide on pages 7-10 on our website.
Step 2 Determine if you are eligible to submit your expression of interest (EOS) to the NBPNP EELMS.
If you meet the above Guide’s requirements, review the Eleigibility Requirements to Submit an EOI page on our website.
Step 3 Send you EOI to the NBPNP Express Entry mailbox at, provided you are eligible.
EOIs are accepted continuously.
Step 4 Submit a full EELMS application to the NBPNP within 60 calendar days, after receiving your invitation to apply.
Step 5 Accept your nomination electronically through your MyCIC Account.
You have 30 days to accept the NBPNP nomination once your application is successful, and you have been nominated.


What are other ways to immigrate to New Brunswick?

If the NBPNP is not right for you and your family, learn about other ways to live and work in New Brunswick, including federal programs.


What is the education system like in New Brunswick?

New Brunswick’s education system offers excellent learning opportunities. New Brunswick’s ability to compete on a global scale is attributed to our quality workforce of well-trained, motivated and lifelong learners.

The Studying section of the site has information on Schooling, kindergarten through high school and Post-secondary education.


What are child care options in New Brunswick?

By law, children younger than 12 years old can not be left alone, so you may need to find child care for these times, as well as child care before and after school care, for your younger family members.

Refer to Early Learning and Child Care Services.

Child care options in New Brunswick include:

  • licensed child care centres;
  • home-based child care centres;
  • preschools;
  • drop-in day care centres; and
  • individuals offering babysitting or nanny services

Some communities also offer government-subsidized day care for low-income families; Look in your local telephone directory under Child Care or Day Cares. Many communities have local family resource centres that can help you start your search.

Children are protected by the New Brunswick Family Services Act, which makes it illegal to leave a child younger than 12 at home alone; furthermore, using excessive force to discipline a child is considered abusive and is against the law.


What is the health care system like in New Brunswick?

As a new New Brunswicker, you are entitled to basic, universal, government-funded health care. Health care coverage, including most medically required services, is provided by the provincial government. Many employers offer additional coverage to their employees as part of their benefits package. Make sure you bring your medical records with you to share with your new doctor, dentist and other service providers.
Details on Canada’s health care system.

  • Health-care regions
    Our province is divided into two health care regions Vitalité Health Networkand Horizon Health Network. Your region of service will be determined by where you settle.
  • Medicare card
    To obtain health-care services, you will need a New Brunswick Medicare cardMedicare covers most medically required services, and your card is a key piece of identification.
  • Tele-Care 811
    Tele-Care is a free, confidential, health advice and information line. Dial 811for access to bilingual, registered nurses, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will speak to a registered nurse when you call Tele-Care about health symptoms, injuries or illnesses. The nurse will assess your situation and provide information and advice to help you decide what to do. In an emergency, call 911 or visit the local emergency department.
  • Family doctor
    Family doctors are your first stop for health care in Canada. It is important to start looking for one right away. Do not wait until you are sick.

People covered by New Brunswick Medicare can access family doctors and hospitals, and do not have to pay for regular visits.

Patient Connect NB is the provincially-managed, bilingual patient registry for New Brunswickers without a primary health-care provider. Anyone who is eligible for a New Brunswick Medicare card is eligible to register with Patient Connect NB.

People currently living outside the province but planning to move to New Brunswick can register for Patient Connect NB but must have a valid Medicare card from another Canadian province to register.

People can register online or by calling Tele-Care 811.

Until you have been accepted as a patient by a family doctor, there are a number of walk-in or after-hours clinics where you can go for care.

  • Medical clinics
    In New Brunswick, you have access to care at local, walk-in medical clinics. Walk-in clinics do not take appointments. After-hours medical clinics may allow you to make an appointment. You can look for your nearest medical clinic in the telephone directory, by calling Tele-Care, or by contacting local immigrant serving agencies for a list of clinics.

If there is no clinic in your community, care is available from the outpatient department at your nearest hospital.

  • Emergency services 911
    You can reach any emergency service in New Brunswick by dialing 911on your telephone. The 911 operator will help identify what service you will need: fire, police, medical, or poison control.
  • Dental care
    In addition to a family doctor, many New Brunswickers have a family dentist whom they see regularly for preventative care. Talk to your medical insurer and your employer about how your dental coverage works. To find a dentist in New Brunswick, refer to, New Brunswick Dental Society.
  • Mental health services
    If you are feeling upset, depressed or overcome by stress, talk to your doctor, a counselor at your immigration settlement agency, or a counselor located in your area. For emergency mental health care, there are community mental health centres, crisis centres and a number addiction services throughout the province.

Mental health services

24-hour crisis help lines

Addiction information and resources

  • Persons with disabilities
    There are many services available to people with disabilities including counseling, education, employment assistance, financial assistance, housing support, recreational activities, and transportation. Refer to Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons.


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