New Brunswick in Review

Aug 23, 2018Immigration, News

New Brunswick is the largest of Canada’s three Maritime provinces. It is located under Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula and beside the State of Maine. New Brunswick was one of the first provinces, along with Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia, to join together to form the Dominion of Canada in 1867.  New Brunswick has experienced immigration on a smaller scale from all over the world, and today boasts a varied and increasingly multicultural population.


According to 2011 census data, New Brunswick has a total population of 751 171.

Saint John is the largest city in the province, with a population of 70 063; it is also the province’s oldest city. Moncton is home to 69 074 people, while Fredericton, the provincial capital, has a population of 56 724. Bathurst’s population is 12 275, Edmundston’s 16 032 and Campbellton’s 7,385.

Miramichi, established on Jan. 1, 1995, is comprised of several communities in the Chatham and Newcastle areas, and boasts a population of 17 811. Dieppe became the eighth New Brunswick city on Jan 1, 2003. Dieppe’s population in 2011 was 23 310.

New Brunswick is Canada’s only official bilingual province. About 33 per cent of the population is French-speaking.


Northern New Brunswick has a typical continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The southern half of the province experiences a more moderate maritime climate with cooler summers and milder winters.

Along the Bay of Fundy coast during the spring and early summer, fog is quite common. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.

July is the warmest month with average temperatures ranging from 72° F (22° C) on the Bay of Fundy coast and inland temperatures of 77° F (25° C) and higher.

January is the coldest month – with the average temperature around 18.5° F (-7.5° C) along the southeastern shore, while in the northwest, extremely low temperatures of – 22° F (- 30°C) to – 31°F (- 35°C) are common.


New Brunswick is home to four public universities which offer a wide variety of educational programs.

  • The University of New Brunswick, with its main campus in Fredericton and another in Saint John, is the oldest English-language university in Canada, and is the province’s largest university.
  • Thomas Universityis a small institution in Fredericton whose central liberal arts program is complemented by professional programs in education and social work.
  • Mount Allison University, located in the Town of Sackville, offers undergraduate programs in arts, science, commerce, fine arts and music.
  • Université de Moncton, Canada ‘s largest francophone institution outside of the province of Quebec, has its main campus in the City of Moncton, with satellite campuses in the City of Edmundston and the Town of Shippagan.

New Brunswick also provides colleges available to the public.

  • New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)provides post-secondary education in English in more than 90 programs. It has six campuses in Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Woodstock, Miramichi and St. Andrews. NBCC  offers everything from academic studies to mechanical engineering, from health care to construction trades to advanced technologies. Most NBCC programs involve 40 to 80 weeks of study, with co-op programs longer in duration.
  • The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)is a primarily francophone post-secondary institution that also offers some programs in English. It brings together five campuses located in Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, and the Acadian Peninsula. Each campus provides high quality educational services and training and values the importance of a skilled, well-trained workforce that responds to changing job demands.
  • New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD)is located in Fredericton and offers educational programs, workshops and learning opportunities in the field of arts and applied arts. First established in 1938, the NBCCD is the only college in Canada that focuses entirely on fine crafts and design.

The provincially-funded public education system, Kindergarten to Grade 12, is offered through a dual system of English and French schools. Attendance at New Brunswick public schools is compulsory until the completion of high school or the age of 18. In addition, Early Childhood Services is now part of the Department’s mandate to create a continuum of learning from birth to high school graduation within a robust system with greater policy coherence and to focus on children from birth to age eight.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

NBPNP is a provincial immigration program made possible through an agreement with the Government of Canada. As an economic program, the NBPNP selects, and nominates, qualified business people and skilled workers from around the world who will live in New Brunswick and contribute to the local economy.

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Tourism and Culture

New Brunswick has many well-known tourist attractions that makes the province unique in it’s own way. Some examples of these tourist attractions are:

  • Bay of Fundy
    • The Bay of Fundy tides are best explored at The Hopewell Rocks, where you can walk around the famous “flowerpot rocks” at low tide then watch them slowly disappear. Bike along the Fundy Trail, rappel down craggy cliffs at Cape Enrage, set up camp at Fundy National Park or head out to sea on a whale-watching excursion.
  • Beaches
    • Park your beach chair at one of Canada’s warmest saltwater swimming beaches on the Acadian Coast or close your eyes and listen to the rolling tides on the Fundy Coast.
  • Cities and Nightlife
    • No two cities are alike, so discovering something new in each one is a given. Road trip your way from top-notch music events, restaurants and retail therapy to live street performances and fascinating galleries.
  • Wildlife Experience
    • Your awe-inspiring nature experiences in New Brunswick will introduce you to whales, bears, shorebirds, inland birds and other amazing wildlife and marine animals.


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