New Brunswick

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program, or NBPNP, is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs. Through the NBPNP, New Brunswick can nominate new immigrants to Canada based on local needs. If you’re looking for the perfect place to build a career or raise a family, New Brunswick might be the perfect Canadian immigration option. Express Entry candidates are among those who may benefit from provincial nomination under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program.

New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province in Canada, with about 30 percent of the population speaking French as a first language. New Brunswick is home to a number of cities such as Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton.

A lighthouse on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada with a sailing boat heading across the horizon. Through the NBPNP, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a New Brunswick provincial nomination certificate. With this nomination, foreign nationals may then apply for Canadian permanent residence.

New Brunswick PNP

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New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program streams

New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible for the New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream, individuals must:

Selection Factors and Points

If all other eligibility criteria (outlined above) are met and the business plan is approved, applicants will be assessed and assigned a score out of 100 based on the following selection factors. An individual must score at least 65 points to be considered eligible.
Factor 1: Age
Age Points
22-24 5
35-50 10
51-55 5
Factor 2: Language

Applicant must meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or French in all four language abilities: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

First official language Points awarded
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB level 7 or higher 5 5 5 5
CLB level 6 4 4 4 4
CLB level 5 3 3 3 3
Second official language Points awarded
CLB level 5 or higher 5
Maximum points 25

Applicants must provide valid test results from one of the following designated third-party language test providers:

  • The International English Language Testing System — General
  • The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program — General
  • Test d’Evaluation de Français
Factor 3: Education

Applicants may be awarded a maximum of 25 points for education and must have a minimum of two years post-secondary education after high school.

Level Completed Requirements Points
Post-graduate education  (master’s degree or PhD) Master’s or Doctorate degree awarded by a graduate school of a college or university, after completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree 25
Post-secondary education  (academic degree) Academic degree awarded by a college or university to those who complete an undergraduate curriculum that required at least three years full-time study 20
Post-secondary education  (diploma) Diploma completed in a specific trade that required at least two years full-time study after high school 15

Foreign educational credentials must be supported by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) that dates back no later than five years prior to the date an application registered by the Department.

Factor 4: Personal net worth

Applicants must have a verifiable personal net worth of at least $600,000 CAD of which $300,000 CAD must be liquid and unencumbered by debts and/or other obligations.

Even though there are no points awarded for meeting the requirements for personal net worth, applicants must be able to answer “yes” to the following two questions:

  1. Does the applicant have $600,000 CAD, or greater, in total personal net worth?
  2. Does the applicant have at least $300,000 CAD of personal net worth readily transferable and completely unaffected by debts and/or other obligations?
Factor 5: Business ownership and /or Senior Management Experience

Applicants are assessed based on the number of years they have owned a business or worked as a senior manager in a business as well as based on the type of management experience. Applicants may be awarded a maximum of 20 points based on business ownership and/or senior management experience.

Business owners must have had a third of the business equity for three of the five years prior to submitting an application in a business with at least two employees.

To claim points for senior management experience, applicants must demonstrate five years of experience as a senior manager in a private sector, for-profit business within the past five years. As a senior manager,  the applicant must have been:

  • responsible for supervising at least two employees,
  • the person responsible for hiring and firing, or able to recommend these and other personnel actions, such as promotion and leave authorization; and
  • personally involved in the day-to-day operations as a primary decision maker.
Business ownership experience YearsPoints
Business owner (of at least 33.3%), personally involved in the day-to-day operations as the primary decision maker, responsible for supervising at least two people.10 in the last 10 years20
6-9 years in the last 10 years18
3 years in the last 5 years15
Business ownership experience: Maximum 20 points 
Senior management experience YearsPoints
Senior manager, personally involved in the day-to-day operations as a primary decision maker responsible for supervising at least two people.10 in the last 10 years12
6-9 years in the last 10 years10
5 years in the last 5 years5
Senior management experience: Maximum 12 points
Overall: Maximum 20 points
Factor 6: Business Concept

Under the Entrepreneurial Stream, all candidates are required to submit a business concept with their application. The business concept is a written document explaining how the business will operate.

In developing the business concept, candidates need to show they have conducted extensive research and considered all economic, market and cultural factors. Candidates may receive a maximum of 15 points for the business elements. The business concept must be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and must be submitted with the EOI. In the business plan, the candidate must demonstrate that the business poses economic benefits to New Brunswick and operates with the sole purpose of earning profits by providing products and/or services.

Business concept elements  Points
Candidate will transfer 10 years of business ownership or senior management experience to the same industry and sector in New Brunswick.  3
Candidate will establish or purchase a business in a key industry sector.  3
Business is located outside of Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton. 3
Eligible expenses are greater than $500,000 CAD, or 4
Eligible expenses are between $351,000 CAD and $499,000 CAD, or 3
Eligible expenses are between CAD $250,000 and CAD $350,000 2
Candidate has identified target market(s) for the New Brunswick-based business, andCandidate has knowledge of statutes, regulations and bylaws, and Candidate has identified relevant business resources. 2*
Business will increase research, development and technological commercialization 2*
Business will transfer specialized knowledge and expertise to New Brunswick
Business will attract new business activities to New Brunswick.
Business will link New Brunswick to global markets and value-chains.
Maximum points: 15
* Candidates must meet at least two conditions to claim total points
Factor 7: Adaptability Points for Spouse or Common-Law Partner

A candidate may be awarded a maximum of 5 points if his or her spouse/common-law partner has studied or worked in New Brunswick and meets the minimum language requirements.

Spouse/Common-law partner adaptability Points
Completed a program of full-time study of at least one year at a recognized post-secondary institution in New Brunswick after the age of 17 years and with a valid study permit, or 5
Completed at least six months of continuous full-time employment in New Brunswick.
Meets the minimum level CLB 5 in English or French in all four language abilities 5
Maximum points: 5
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