Canada Immigration: New Brunswick announced Pilot Project for critical workers

by Mansi Sahai Published on 11/Nov/2022

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.

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