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New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream (NBSI)

New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream

  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
  • E.O.I: Expression of Interest
  • P.S: Point System
  • F.R: Francophone

To effectively manage the existing inventory under the NB Strategic Initiative stream, no new Invitations to Apply (ITAs) will be issued for this stream until further notice.

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New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

The New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream is for French-speaking workers who have the talents, education, and job experience to contribute to the economy of New Brunswick and are willing to live and work in the province permanently.

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream:

1- Connection to New Brunswick

It is your responsibility to prove a genuine intention to reside in New Brunswick. To establish intent, you must submit a Settlement Plan to demonstrate your connection(s) to and knowledge of New Brunswick.
You must have one (1) of the three (3) following eligible connections to be considered for the New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream:
  • An exploratory visit
  • A job or genuine job offer with a New Brunswick employer
  • A formal invitation from the New Brunswick government
Exploratory Visit
For the Strategic Initiative stream, exploratory visits must be completed within the 12-months prior to submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). The exploratory visit must last at least five (5) full business days, but longer trips are encouraged. The minimum five (5) complete business days do not include travel days, statutory holidays, or weekends.
Job Offer

For the purpose of this type of connection to New Brunswick, 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 a New Brunswick employer in an occupation classified at TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 (➨Appendix 1). Your job offer must be permanent (meaning job has no end date).

The occupations listed below are not currently accepted under any stream of the NBPNP, including the NB Skilled Worker, NB Express Entry, and NB Strategic Initiative streams:

  • NOC 62020 – Food service supervisors
  • NOC 65201 – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
  • NOC 65200 – Food and beverage servers
The Province may, on a very limited basis, invite a candidate from the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool to submit a full application based on economic considerations. This does not guarantee that you will be nominated. Individuals who contact the Province to solicit a direct invitation will not be considered.

2- Age

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

3- French 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 5 in all for abilities in French (➨Appendix 5).

4- Education

At the time of application, you must have completed a high-school diploma. 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 the application is submitted.

5- Settlement Funds

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada based on 50% of Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨Appendix 2).

6- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the New Brunswick Strategic Initiative 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 PGWP work permit and your occupation falls under TEER 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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If you meet all above minimum requirement, then find out if you score at least total of 65 points out of 100 points based on the following selection factors (➨

Selection Factor Maximum Points
Factor 1: Age 12
Factor 2: Language Ability 28
Factor 3: Education 25
Factor 4: Work Experience 15
Factor 5: Adaptability 20

Factor 1: Age

You’ll get points based on your age on the day you enter in your EOI profile.
Age Points
Under 19 Not Eligible
19-24 4
25-44 12
45-50 4
51-55 0
Over 55 Not Eligible

Factor 2: French Language Ability

You can earn up to 28 points for your French language skills. To be awarded point for French, you must have taken an approved test results.
Test must be taken no more than two (2) years prior to the date your PR application to IRCC is submitted.
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB 7 or Higher 7 7 7 7
CLB 6 6 6 6 6
CLB 5 5 5 5 5
Below CLB 5 Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
To prove you language abilities you must take any of the following approved tests:
  • French: TEF Canada or TCF Canada

To find out the equivalent CLB level for any of the above approved tests, see (➨Appendix 5).

Factor 3: Education

Level of Education Points
Doctoral (PhD) level 25
Master's degree 25
Professional degree (doctorate) in medicine, veterinary medicine, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, dental surgery, chiropractic, law 25
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22
Bachelor’s Degree / Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21
Two-year post-secondary credential 19
One-year post-secondary credential 17
Secondary school/high school diploma 15
No Secondary / High School Diploma Not Eligible
You will be awarded points for your Canadian educational credential or foreign credential accompanied by Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report.
The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date IRCC receive your PR application.

Factor 4: Work Experience

You can get up to 15 points for the number of years you’ve spent doing full-time paid work (at least 30 hours per week, or an equal amount of part-time) related to your job offerwithin the last five (5) years before submitting your application.
Your work experience can be in Canada or abroad, while you were studying (if not part of studies) or while being self-employed (other than self-employment in retail, food and accommodation sectors).
Experience Points
6 or more years 15
4-5 years 12
1-3 years 10
Less than 1 year 0

Factor 5: Adaptability

You may be awarded up to a maximum of 20 points in the event you meet any combination of the following elements:
Adaptability Points
Exploratory Visit to New Brunswick: You will be scored on factors related to your ability to become economically established in New Brunswick 15
You have at least one year of full-time work, paid in New Brunswick with a valid work permit, or while authorized to work in Canada 15
You currently have full-time, paid employment, or you have a genuine offer of full-time, paid employment, from a New Brunswick company in the same occupation as your eligible work experience 15
You have received a letter of interest from the Province of New Brunswick inviting you to submit a full application through the Strategic Initiative stream. 15
You have successfully completed, and you hold a diploma or certificate from a minimum one-year postsecondary program from an accredited institution in New Brunswick 5
You or your spouse/common-law partner, has a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, child, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew living in New Brunswick as a Canadian Citizen or PR for the 12 months prior to you submitting an application 5
Your spouse or partner has a language level in either English or French at CLB 5 level or higher in all 4 language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). 5
Your spouse or partner has at least one year of full-time, paid work in New Brunswick with a valid work permit, or while authorized to work in Canada. 5
Your Total Score




Step 1: Submit an Online NBPNP Expression of Interest

If you meet the minimum criteria including the minimum score of 65 under the New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream point grid, 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 Strategic Initiative 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. If you meet all eligibility criteria, you could receive an invitation to apply through the Strategic Initiative stream of the NBPNP.

Step 2: 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:
6 to 8 weeks
Document Checklist:

(page 20)

[email protected]
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 3: 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 4: 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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