Canada Immigration: New Brunswick announced Pilot Project for critical workers
On November 7, 2022, the Canada Immigration Minister, Hon. Sean Fraser announced the introduction of New Brunswick's 5-Year Critical Worker Pilot Program. This new pilot will provide a permanent residency pathway to skilled workers into occupations that are difficult to fill in 6 participating companies:
- Cooke Aquaculture
- Groupe Savoie Inc.
- Groupe Westco
- Imperial Manufacturing
- J.D. Irving Ltd.
- McCain Foods
The Federal Government and New Brunswick selected these employers for the pilot programs as they:
- have a history of being supportive towards newcomers
- have better understanding about the New Brunswick PNP
- have consistent immigrant recruitment practices
- have excellent settlement programs
- provide language support and on-the-job training
Being a part of this New Brunswick's 5-Year Critical Worker Pilot Program, employers must meet the key requirements. They must:
- Have housing and transportation plan for supporting candidates
- Have inclusive human resources planning to recruit and hire international workers
- Provide a minimum of 200 hours of language training
- Provide support to those who wish to pursue their secondary education
This 5-year pilot program will be regularly monitored and evaluated for responsiveness to New Brunswick's immigration needs.