New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP): Complete Guide

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP): Complete Guide

This article is for people who want to stay in New Brunswick as a worker or even planning to apply for Canada’s study permit in one of the universities and colleges in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program is for all applicants, especially

  • overseas and foreign workers 
  • International students
  • 50+ years are welcome to apply

About New Brunswick

  • New Brunswick is one of the Atlantic provinces in Canada with eight cities.
  • The eight cities of new Brunswick are Edmundston, Woodstock, Fredericton (capital), Saint John, Moncton, Miramichi, Bathurst, and Campbellton.
  • The main industries of new Brunswick are Fishing, Manufacturing, Mining and Forestry.
  • Do you know that this province is considered a North American leader of forest management.
  • Its population is almost 772,238. It is actually like two percent of the total population of Canada which is almost 38 million.
  • And lastly, New Brunswick is the third smallest province in Canada with almost 73,000 km square and roughly it is 0.8% in the total land area of Canada.

New Brunswick provincial nominee program or the NBPNP

  • New Brunswick provincial nominee program is administered by the department of post-secondary education, training and labor or the PETL.
  • PETL is an economic immigration program that allows the government of New Brunswick to nominate individuals with the greatest abilities to become economically established in New Brunswick.
  • And there are three major streams of this program
  1. Skilled worker’s stream
  2. Express entry stream and
  3. Entrepreneurial stream

And we will be talking about the skilled worker stream.

Why New Brunswick Provincial Nominee programs

The highlights of New Brunswick Provincial Nominee programs are: 

  • Requiring genuine job offer but no LMIA needed
  • Applicants who are 55 years old and below are eligible to apply
  • NOC 0, A, B, C, and D
  • At least Canadian Language Band score of (CLB) 4
  • No Proof of Funds required

New Brunswick skilled workers stream

  • New Brunswick skilled workers stream program helps New Brunswick employers recruit foreign nationals and international graduates whose skills are limited supply in the province. And who has been unable to fill job vacancies with a Canadian citizen or permanent president.

It means that New Brunswick is in need of people and employees for them to have their spots and fill the job vacancies that are available in these provinces.

That is the reason why foreigners and overseas workers are also invited to apply for this application including international student graduates or people over 50 years of age. They are also encouraged to apply for this stream.

This is for workers with skills education and experience to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy and for those who are ready to live and work permanently in New Brunswick.

Eligibility requirements

Let us now talk about the eligibility requirements. Here are the list of requirements for New Brunswick provincial nominee program or the NBPNP.

  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Genuine job offer
  3. Qualified to the position
  4. Offered a competitive wage
  5. Employer is willing to support your application
  6. Regulated occupation
  • Once you’ve met all of the eligibility requirements you will be assessed according to the selection factors.
  • You create a profile in the INB system or the immigration of new Brunswick systems. This is the website, where you can create your profile.

Intend to reside in New Brunswick : Letter of Intent

The first eligibility requirement for the new Brunswick PNP specifically for the skilled workers stream is you intend to reside in New Brunswick.

In this requirement, you need to provide a letter of intent and give the reason why you want to stay or settle in new Brunswick. And here are some of the reasons why you want to settle or stay in New Brunswick. You can include them in your letter of intent.

  • Current Employment
  • Employment search details
  • The length of any previous and/or current period of residence in NB
  • Community involvment
  • Ability to support yourself in NB
  • Your connections to NB through work, study, or family
  • Professional networks and affiliations
  • Residency including household lease agreements and/or property ownership
  • Family ties and other social relationships and connection
  • Details of prior visits to Canada
  • Your connection to other jurisdictions in Canada

With the letter of intent, the province wants to make sure that once you got your permanent residence you are going to stay and live in New Brunswick.

They check whether you have employment lined up or you studied in the province. These are big factors that you will reside in New Brunswick. And you can also indicate all this in your LOI.

Genuine job offer

The second eligibility requirement is you have a genuine job offer. Features of genuine job offer are as follows:

  1. Permanent: no predetermined end date
  2. Full time: 30 hours per week
  3. Non-seasonal: working all year round

It is considered a genuine job offer

  • if your employment is permanent full-time and non-seasonal.
  • With a permanent job, there is no predetermined end date in your job offer.
  • for the full time, you will be expected to work at least 30 hours per week or 1560 hours in a year.
  • And lastly your job offer should not be seasonal. It means to say that your work is all year round.
  • The best part of this stream is that this doesn’t need an LMIA or the labor market impact assessment. That means the employer doesn’t need to sponsor you for you to apply for this program.

Qualified to the position

The third eligibility requirement is that you should be qualified for the position. NBPNP under the skilled worker stream of the New Brunswick there are three types of skilled workers.

  1. High skilled workers: NOC 0, A, B
  2. Semi-skilled workers: NOC C
  3. Low skilled workers: NOC D
  • The first one is for highly skilled workers. This is under the NOC or the national occupation category 0, A, and B.
  • The second one is the semi-skilled workers the NOC is c.
  • And lastly the low-skilled workers the NOC is D. This program is easy to achieve because if you have even NOC D, you are encouraged to apply for this program.

Here is the link: Find your NOC

Offered a competitive wage

  • The fourth eligibility requirement you are offered a competitive wage. And it must be competitive with new Brunswick wage rates for the occupation.
  • And just to mention the minimum wage rate in New Brunswick is CA$ 11.70.

Employer is willing to support your application

For the fifth eligibility requirement, your employer should be willing to support your application.

As your employer provides you a genuine job offer, they should also support your application in filling out some forms and providing documents. 

Here is the form for your reference: Employer form

And the most important thing is that there is no LMIA required. It means supporting documentation, supporting forms should be provided by your employer but no need to sponsor you to apply for this program.

Regulated occupations

And the last eligibility is your job is regulated occupations in New Brunswick. There are jobs and occupations that new Brunswick is specifically offering.

You can check your work experiences are suitable and part of the regulated occupations here

Those are the eligibility requirements that you need to comply with in applying for the New Brunswick PNP under-skilled worker stream.

Selection factors

As I have mentioned earlier, you will also be assessed according to the selection factors.

  • Potential candidates must score at least 67 out of 100 points on a points grid

And I will also provide the maximum points that you can get in each factor and how to calculate your scores.

Selection FactorMaximum points
Official Language28
Work experience20
Genuine job offer10


The first factor is the age.

  • It has a maximum of 10 points.
  • You must be 19 years old to 55 years of age. 
  • As you can see if you are 19 to 21 you will get 8 points,
  • but if you are 22 to 55 years of age you will get the maximum points of 10.

Official language

  • The second factor is the official language.
  • The highest score that you can get is 28 points.
  • You need to submit valid test results from a designated testing organization like the IELTS, CELPIP, TEF Canada, or TCF Canada.
  • As you can see in the table the minimum required CLB is 4 or the Canadian language benchmark 4 in all of the four language abilities. The four abilities are reading writing, listening, and speaking.
  • There are two official languages in Canada that are English or French.
  • Note that the result is valid for two years from the date of issue.
  • Remember the higher CLB you get the higher points that you can obtain as well.
First official languageReadingWritingListeningSpeakingMax. points
CLB 7+666624
CLB 5-6555524
CLB 4444424

Second official language: CLB 4+ in all four language abilities is required for 4 more points


  • The third factor is education which has a maximum of 20 points.
  • The minimum education requirement for this program is at least a Canadian secondary education or high school graduates.
  • Educational credential assessment: To know if you have at least a secondary education you need to get an ECA or the educational credential assessment.
  • Your ECA should be from a designated organization listed below. You can use any of these organization for you to get your credentials to be assessed.
  1. Comparative Education Service – CES
  2. International Credential Assessments Services of Canada – ICAS
  3. World Education Services – WES
  4. International Qualifications Assessment Service – IQAS
  5. International Credential Evaluation Service – ICES
  6. Medical Council of Canada – Professional body for doctors
  7. Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada – Professional body for pharmacists
  • You can see here in the table with a doctorate level master’s you will get 20 points and with two or more certificate degrees, you will get 19 points same as the bachelor’s degree.
  • With a two-year degree diploma or certificate, you’ll get 18 points and with a one-year degree, diploma certificate you will get 15 points.
  • If your ECA result indicates a secondary diploma or high school graduation, you will get 15 points

So the ECA report is really, important for you to have this education credential to be assessed.

NBPNP education points

Work Experience

  • You will get a maximum of 20 points in this part for your work experience
  • It should be a full time work or job.
  • You should have at least 1,560 hours of work over a period of a year and at least 30 hours per week
  • And you can also provide one or more employers or jobs details
  • Your work experience NOC should be related to your job offer in the new Brunswick employer
  • Your work should also be a paid job so it means to say that, unpaid internship volunteering programs of study like co-op don’t qualify as work experience and
  • Lastly, for work experience, you can also provide details about a job in Canada or outside Canada
Qualified work experience: Full time with 1,560 hours per year or 30 hours per week
Unqualified jobs: unpaid internship, volunteering, programs of study like CO-OP

This table provides you the number of work experience and how many points you can get. For example 

  • with five years of work experience, you can get a maximum of 20 points,
  • with four years of experience, you get 16 points
  • for three years of work experience, you can acquire 12 points,
  • for two years experience, you will get eight points
  • and if you only have one-year work experience you will only get five points.
  • And you can be awarded ten additional points for an intended occupation in the priority sectors
  • Priority sectors: Business service centers, Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Transportation.
Years of ExperiencePoints


  • In the adaptability section, you will get a maximum of 12 points.
  • You will get points if you have an additional connection to the new place. For example
  1. employment,
  2. education
  3. family
  4. spouse, or common-law partner.

As you can see in the table, these are the points and also the additional connection to new Brunswick you can also browse this information for your reference as well.


We’re now done with the eligibility requirements and the selection factors that will affect your application to this program.

How will you apply to this program?


  • This chart is from the official new Brunswick website.
  • The first step is learning about working and living in New Brunswick. It means you need to provide the LOI or the letter of intent.
  • The second one is secure genuine and eligible employment with a New Brunswick employer. Again as I have mentioned you just need a job offer, no need for LMIA, no need for your employer to sponsor you. They just need to support your application by filling out some forms and providing some documents.
  • The next is choosing an immigration stream and as we discussed earlier the immigration stream that you will be choosing is the skilled worker stream.
  • And after that, you need to gather all of your required documents.
  • You need to register, create a profile with the new Brunswick INB system.
  • And once you made a profile wait for an invitation to apply from new Brunswick and
  • As you receive ITA or the invitation to apply you need to submit an online application to new Brunswick and
  • you will receive a decision from new Brunswick as well
  • When you are nominated, you go and apply for permanent residency in IRCC.
  • And after that, you will receive a decision from IRCC or the PR visa.

This the how will you apply for the PNP under-skilled worker stream.

International students and New Brunswick PNP

  • This New Brunswick PNP is also a good strategy for international students that are applying for a Canada study permit. You can apply for the PNP pathway after your studies and your post-graduation work permit.
  • And here are the designated learning institutions that offer Post Graduate Work Permit in new Brunswick. You can study in these schools colleges and universities to get a higher chance of permanent residency approval.
  1. Crandal University in Moncton
  2. Kingswood University in Sussex
  3. Maritime College of Forest Technology in Bathurst
  4. Mount Allison University in Sackville in Miramichi
  5. New Brunswick Community College in Frederiction, Miramichi, Moncton, Saint John, St. Andrews, Woodstock
  6. St. Stephen’s University in St. Stephen
  7. St. Thomas University in Fredericton
  8. University of Moncton in Edmunston, Moncton, Shippagan
  9. University of New Brunswick in Frederiction, Saint John

You can later include them in the letter of your intent and show them that you really wanted to stay in New Brunswick.

Processing fee of the New Brunswick PNP

You need to pay the PETL amounting to CA$ 250 which is non-refundable.

This processing fee includes the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner, and dependent child or children.

Proof of funds

The good news about this program there is no proof of fund required, as you will have a job offer in which you will work permanently and full-time with no end date.

It means that money or your salary can be spent on your daily expenses. There is no proof of fund even with your family. You just need to have a genuine job offer.

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