New Brunswick immigration allocations increased by 67%
New Brunswick immigration allocations increased by 67% in 2023, the Federal Government allocated 5,500 certificates to the province, which is a 67% increase from 2022. This includes 1,084 additional spaces for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program and 1,116 additional allocations for the Atlantic Immigration Program compared to 2022.
The government plans to increase the allocations further in 2024 and 2025. Moreover, the provincial government has announced a renewed Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement through Opportunities NB. The newly updated immigration agreement allows the province to select eligible immigrants for permanent residency and prioritize highly skilled workers for faster processing through the Provincial Nominee Program with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
According to Dunn, the government has set the target that by 2023, 32% of provincial nominations will be given to immigrants that speak French.
The province also announced that it had renewed its immigration agreement with Ottawa.
According to the updated agreement, New Brunswick can use the Provincial Nominee Program to target highly qualified workers for accelerated processing and nominate suitable immigrants for permanent resident status.
Arlene Dunn, the minister responsible for Immigration and for Opportunities NB stated:
“We are thrilled with this increase because immigrants contribute to the development of stronger, more diverse, and vibrant communities,”
“A strong partnership with the federal government is essential to our sustained success on this matter because immigration is a shared jurisdiction. They have my gratitude for their continuous support and collaboration.”
According to Dunn, the new allocation will promote demographic and economic growth. She claimed that the updated agreement provides a thorough structure that details the province-led components of immigration to the province.
Federal Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser Stated:
The Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement is crucial for addressing ongoing immigration problems like labor market demands and slow population growth. Raising the target for French-speaking immigrant admissions to the province and ensuring that they have the opportunities and resources they need to settle and contribute to the vibrant francophone communities in the province, also demonstrates our commitment to supporting francophone immigration outside of Quebec. I look forward to working with New Brunswick and all of my provincial and territorial colleagues in the future as we jointly achieve our goals of economic immigration.
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