As the only officially bilingual province in Canada, New Brunswick attracts both Anglophone and Francophone newcomers from across the world. It is also home to several Indigenous communities, making it truly diverse and multicultural.
If you’re planning to settle in New Brunswick, the province periodically invites newcomers with the skills and experience to meet their evolving labour requirements through the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP).
This resource provides information on New Brunswick’s job market, including the province’s key industries , in-demand occupations for newcomers, NOC codes, and median wage estimates, so you can arrive prepared to start your career in Canada.
In this article:
- What are the top industries in New Brunswick?
- Which cities have the most job opportunities in New Brunswick?
- Which jobs are in demand in New Brunswick?
- What is the minimum wage in New Brunswick?
- What is the unemployment rate in New Brunswick?
- How can I move to New Brunswick?
As you plan your move to Canada, choosing a province to settle down in is a huge decision. While the job market is an important factor to keep in mind, be sure to also research the local culture, major cities in each province, spoken languages, and cost of living in the region. Arrive’s Newcomer Guide to Canada’s Provinces and Territories is a great starting point.
- Services industry: Real estate, health care, retail and wholesale trade, financial services and insurance, education, transportation and warehousing, professional and technical services, and IT and cybersecurity industries are major contributors to the economy in New Brunswick.
- Manufacturing industry: Traditional manufacturing industries in NB include food products, paper, transportation equipment, and wood, although advanced manufacturing sectors like aerospace and defence are growing as well.
- Agriculture: The agriculture sector offers direct and indirect employment to over 13,000 people in the province.
- Mining industry: New Brunswick mines produce significant quantities of lead, zinc, copper, gold, silver, antimony, and cadmium.
- Moncton: Moncton is the largest city in NB, with a population of over 71,000. The major industries in the city include tourism, food and accommodation services, and trade.
- Saint John: The city primarily relies on maritime industries, such as shipping, fishing, and ship building for employment. Telecommunications, e-commerce, and trade are other economically important industries.
- Fredericton: The capital city of NB, Fredericton’s economy is largely resource-based. However, industries like aerospace and defence manufacturing, food processing, information and communication technology, and biosciences are growing rapidly.
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The in-demand jobs have been compiled based on in-demand and priority occupations identified in the latest Provincial Nominee Programs and NOCs selected in recent PNP draws. The occupations listed in the sections below are not exhaustive and are subject to change as the labour market needs evolve.You can also use the Government of Canada’s Job Bank portal to conduct a trend analysis of average wages, eligibility criteria, and job requirements for your occupation in a particular city or province.
Services sector jobs in New Brunswick
- University professors (NOC 4011): In New Brunswick, university professors earn a median hourly wage of $48 CAD.
- Social workers (NOC 4152): Social workers make around $34 CAD per hour in the province.
- Supervisors for retail and food services (NOC 6211, 6311): Supervisors in retail and food services make anywhere between $13.40 CAD and $17.50 CAD per hour.
Health care jobs in New Brunswick
- Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses (NOC 3012, 3233): The median wages for registered or licensed nurses in NB are between $25 CAD and $39 CAD per hour. For most health care jobs, including nursing, newcomers will need to be licensed by the provincial authorities.
- Specialist physicians, general practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3111, 3112): Newcomer doctors need to take a qualifying examination before they can be allowed to practice in the province.
Manufacturing jobs in New Brunswick
- Civil and aerospace engineers (NOC 2131, 2146): As an engineer, you can earn a median hourly wage of $37.44 CAD in NB. You’ll need an engineering degree and a provincial licence to practice.
- Chemical technicians (NOC 2211): These jobs have a median hourly wage of $21 CAD.
- Skilled workers including welders (NOC 7237), electricians (NOC 7241), plumbers (NOC 7251), carpenters (NOC 7271), mechanics (NOC 7312), transport truck drivers (NOC 7511): These in-demand occupations in manufacturing pay between $19 CAD and $24 CAD per hour.
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Currently, the minimum wage in New Brunswick is $11.75 CAD per hour. However, effective October 2022, the minimum hourly wage will be increased to $13.75 CAD.
In November 2021, the unemployment rate in New Brunswick was nine per cent.
Newcomers who plan to move to New Brunswick permanently can apply for permanent residency through the federal government’s Express Entry program or the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP).
You can also apply for a work permit and work in NB temporarily, or acquire local professional experience to strengthen your permanent residence application.
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