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New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot (NBCWP)

New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot

  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
  • E.O.I: Expression of Interest
  • E.D: Employer-driven
This pilot program came into effect on Nov 7, 2022 and will end in five (5) years.

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New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
The New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot is a five-year pilot program that addresses critical labour shortages across the province in various sectors and regions. The Pilot Program was established to attract skilled workers to occupations that have been and will continue to be difficult to fill in New Brunswick in the coming years.

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot:

1- Job Offer Requirement

At the time of your application and at the time the NBPNP assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time and non-seasonal job offer from an eligible (participating) employer in New Brunswick.
The candidate applications to the pilot are made through the participant employer. The program does not accept direct applications from interested candidates.
Currently the following employers are participating in the pilot:
  • Cooke Aquaculture
  • J.D. Irving Ltd.
  • Groupe Savoie
  • Groupe Westco
  • Imperial Manufacturing Group
  • McCain Foods, Ltd.
International graduates on a PGWP work permit are not eligible to apply if their job offer falls under TEER 4 or 5.

2- Work Experience

You must have at least one (1) year of full-time work experience in the past five (5) years. Unpaid work, including volunteer opportunities, internships and programs of study (such as a co-op) cannot be counted towards your work experience.

3- Age

You must be between the ages of 19 and 55 as of the date your complete application is submitted.

4- Language Ability

You must have taken an approved test results taken within two (2) years and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 4 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

5- Education

You must have one of the following from a high school or a post-secondary institution:
  • Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree); or
  • equivalent foreign credential

The candidates with a foreign education must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report (➨Appendix 3) for their foreign education.

The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date of application.

6- Licensing

If your intended job offer is in a regulated occupation, you are required to be certified or licensed by the regulatory authority for that occupation.

7- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream if:
  • You have current application in process through another immigration program.
  • You own property and/or a business in another province or territory in Canada.
  • You are engaged in full-time post-secondary education in Canada.
  • You are registered in the federal Live-in Caregiver Program.
  • You are on a federal post-graduate work permit and your occupation falls under TEER 4 or 5.
  • You are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

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Step 1: Get a Job Offer in New Brunswick

You must accept a genuine offer of full-time (non-seasonal), employment from a participating New Brunswick employer who is willing to support you through the NBPNP process.
If you don’t already have a qualified job offer with the criteria explained in “Minimum Requirements”, you need to find an employer in Canada and secure a job for yourself.

Step 2: Submit an Online NBPNP Expression of Interest

If you meet the minimum criteria under, you can register and submit an Expression of Interest to NBPNP. You must create a candidate profile within the INB Portal (➨ Within the INB portal you must choose the Skilled Worker Labour Market Stream and follow the instructions to submit the Expression of Interest (EOI).

Following submission you will be able to check the most up-to-date information regarding the status of your application at any time by logging in to view My Dashboard. Because you have an offer of employment from a New Brunswick company, you will receive an invitation to apply (ITA) to the NBPNP. If you are selected, you will receive a message in your INB Portal account including an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Step 3: Submit Application to NBPNP

You have up to 45 calendar days from the date of the ITA to submit a complete application via the New Brunswick online system. If you fail to submit a complete application by the deadline, your ITA will be automatically removed and you will have to start the process again.
Once you have submitted your complete application through INB Portal and paid the processing fee, your application will be reviewed.
An NBPNP officer will contact you by email if information is needed to assess your application and will tell you how to send the information.
You may be required to participate in an interview as reasonably required to verify information related to your application, or any other reason to be disclosed at the time of the request.
NBPNP Application
Submit Online Application:
Official Program Guide:
NBPNP Application Fee:
Processing Time:
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Document Checklist:

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If you are approved and nominated, you should apply to IRCC for Permanent Residence. The nomination certificate will be valid for nine (9) months from the date of issuance and is considered valid if you submit a complete application for PR before the expiry date on the nomination certificate.

Step 4: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you are nominated by the Province of New Brunswick, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨Page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.
Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.
Apply for a Temporary Work Permit
If you have an employer in Canada and if you do not have a valid work permit or your current work permit will expire within 180 days (approximately six months), at the time of nomination, NBPNP may include a work permit support letter in your nomination package. This letter permits you to apply for a work permit from the federal government without the need for an LMIA.

If your PR application is not finalized, you may also be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨Page). This will let you to stay and continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

You may apply for BOWP only if your PR application is approved in principle meaning you have passed the eligibility stage and still have to pass the medical, security and background checks.

Step 5: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.
You must report your landing to NBPNP office within 30 days of landing in Canada.

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