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New Brunswick to Launch a New Immigration Pilot to Mitigate Labor Shortages

A new Immigration Pilot for critical workers is in the Pipeline to address New Brunswick’s labor shortage concerns. 

On November 7, 2022, the New Brunswick provincial government announced the launch of the New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot (NBCWP), an entirely new immigration project by the province.

The NBCWP is a joint initiative of the Canadian federal government and the province of New Brunswick. It has the unique feature of providing settlement services to new immigrants. These will include skills and language training for candidates immigrating through the New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot program.

The New Brunswick minister for Immigration and Opportunities, Hon Arlene Dunn, is confident that the pilot program will benefit employees with job opportunities in a friendly community. He hopes the employers will fill the vacancies by participating in the new pilot program.

Retention of newcomers by enabling them to explore meaningful opportunities is the primary aim of the New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot (NBCWP). Six employers will take part in the new immigration pilot. These employers have an excellent record in the provincial nominee program of New Brunswick, NBPNP.The new pilot program expects the participating employers to have comprehensive settlement plans in place, including transportation and housing. They must provide a minimum of 200 hours of language training besides helping to pursue Canadian secondary education. The participating employers should support on-the-job skills enhancement.

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