The Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS) allows the NBPNP to use the federal Express Entry immigration selection system to meet New Brunswick’s specific labour market and demographic needs.

Note: New Brunswick is only accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Express Entry Labour Market Stream from individuals currently employed in New Brunswick. These individuals fall under category 1 below, and must put Connection to New BrunswickWork in NB in the subject line of their application.

This stream functions on an EOI model. Candidates may complete an EOI form and send it to the NBPNP, which receives forms from the first to the 15th of each month. Candidates are assigned a score based on the information provided, after which they are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Highest score;
  • Evidence of training and experience in a high priority sector as determined by the province;
  • Demonstrated ability to become economically established in the province; and
  • The likelihood of positively contributing to the provincial labour market.

The highest ranked candidates are invited to apply to the NBPNP by email. Applicants to the NBPNP will, if nominated, be processed through the federal government’s Express Entry electronic immigration management system, which aims to process complete applications within six months of submission.

The NBPNP only accepts EOI forms from individuals who demonstrate that they have:

1. a connection to New Brunswick as described below, OR

2. attended a NBPNP information session in person in the past two years, OR

3. Open Category

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Minimum Requirements

In order to be eligible for the NBPNP - EELMS, candidates must:

  • Be between the ages of 22 and 55;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in each of the four language abilities (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) equivalent to or greater than Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7. Language test results must be no more than two years old and must come from a designated agency: IELTS (General Training Test only) for English; CELPIP (General test only) for English; or TEF for French;
  • Have a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary educational credential (at least one academic year in length) OR a completed foreign educational credential from a recognized institution or authority. In the case of a foreign educational credential, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report, issued by an organization designated by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC), is required;
    • If the applicant is being considered for provincial nomination under an occupation, he or she will require a valid job offer from a New Brunswick employer.
  • Have at least 12 months (1,560 hours minimum) of continuous skilled work experience (or equivalent paid part-time work) in his or her primary occupation. Only skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC), are eligible. Work experience should be the primary occupation in the last 10 years before an application is submitted. Work experience cannot have been gained through self-employment or while the candidate was a full-time student (volunteer work, unpaid internships, co-op terms, etc. do not count);
  • Sign and submit a Commitment to Live and Work in New Brunswick form; and
  • Show sufficient funds to support the settlement of themselves as well as all dependent family members. The required amount of funds varies depending on family size according to the following table:
Number of Family Members Funds Required ($CDN)
1 $12,475
2 $15,531
3 $19,093
4 $23,181
5 $26,292
6 $29,652
7 or more $33,014

NOTE: Proof of sufficient settlement funds is not necessary if the applicant has a valid job offer of arranged employment in Canada, or if he or she is currently working or authorized to work in Canada.


Selection Factors

Potential candidates must score at least 67 out of 100 points on a points grid that measures education, language ability, work experience, age, adaptability factors, and whether the candidate has an arranged job offer from a New Brunswick-based employer.

Selection factor Points
Education Maximum 25 points
Language ability in English and/or French Maximum 28 points
Work experience Maximum 15 points
Age Maximum 12 points
Arranged employment in New Brunswick Maximum 10 points
Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass mark: 67 Points

Factor 1: Education

Candidates must have a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential OR a completed foreign educational credential from a recognized institution or authority AND an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by IRCC.

An ECA is used to verify that a candidate's foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of credential) is valid and equal to a completed credential in Canada. The ECA report will also indicate the authenticity of foreign educational credential(s).

Education Points
Doctoral (PhD) level 25
University-level credential at the Master’s level OR an entry-to-practice professional degree* 23
Two or more post-secondary credentials (at least one must be for a program of at least three years) 22
Post-secondary credential for a program of three years or longer 21
Two-year post-secondary credential 19
One-year post-secondary credential 15
Secondary school education credential (also called high school) 5
Less than secondary school Ineligible

* Degree program must be in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine or Pharmacy. The occupation related to the degree must be NOC 2011 Skill Level A, and licensed by a provincial regulatory body.


Factor 2: Language Ability in English and/or French

Candidates may earn up to 28 points for skills in English and French. Points are given based on the candidate's abilities in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Points may also be awarded for official second language capacity. If a candidate want to earn points for his or her skills in both English and French, her or she must provide language test results for each language at the same time. 

Results must come from one of the following designated testing agencies:

Calculate language points: candidates must meet the minimum level of CLB 7 (for the first official language in all four language areas). To get points for the second official language, candidates must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 (in all four language areas).

First official language Points
  Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB level 9 or higher 6 6 6 6
CLB level 8 5 5 5 5
5CLB level 7 4 4 4 4
Below CLB level 7 Not eligible to apply
Second official language Points
At least CLB 5 in all of the four abilities 4
CLB 4 or less in any of the four abilities 0

Factor 3: Work Experience

Work experience in Canada or abroad must be:

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a system used to classify jobs in the Canadian economy. It describes duties, skills and work setting for different jobs.

Experience Points
6 or more years 15
4-5 years 13
2-3 years 11
1 year 9
Less than 1 year Ineligible

Factor 4: Age

Points are awarded based on the candidate's age on the day that he or she was invited to apply for permanent residence by IRCC.

Age Points
Younger than 22 0
22-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 and older 0

Factor 5: Arranged Employment in New Brunswick

A candidate will receive points if he or she has a valid offer of permanent employment from a New Brunswick employer. The job must be arranged before the candidate applies to come to New Brunswick as a federal skilled worker. 

A valid offer of employment must be:

  • for permanent full-time work in New Brunswick; and
  • in an occupation in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of NOC.

The job must:

  • have compensation in the form of salary and benefits package that meets provincial employment standards and prevailing wage rates;
  • be a position which has a shortage of qualified permanent residents or Canadian citizens to fill the position; and
  • not contravene any existing bargaining unit agreements or be in any employment disputes.

A person can get arranged employment points without a new LMIA. The requirements in this case are:

  • The applicant is currently working in Canada on a work permit that was issued based on a positive Service Canada LMIA with respect to employment in an occupation listed in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of the NOC;
  • the work permit is valid at the time the application for permanent residence is made;
  • the applicant is currently working for an employer specified on the work permit; and
  • the current employer has made an offer to employ the applicant on a full-time, non-seasonal, indeterminate basis in a NOC Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B occupation in New Brunswick once a permanent resident visa, if any, is issued.

Factor 6: Adaptability

An applicant must demonstrate his or her genuine intention to settle in the province. In addition, he or she must meet federal criteria listed in the following table to gain points. If the applicant has an accompanying spouse or common-law partner who will also immigrate to Canada, he or she can earn points for adaptability, too. An applicant cannot claim points for a spouse who is a permanent resident living in Canada or a Canadian citizen. Even if an applicant qualifies for points under several criteria, he or she may only receive a maximum of 10 points for adaptability.

Adaptability Points

Previous work in New Brunswick

The principal applicant completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in New Brunswick:

  • in an occupation in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of NOC; and
  • with a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.

Arranged employment (principal applicant only)

The principal applicant earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.


Previous study in New Brunswick

The principal applicant completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in New Brunswick.

Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and the applicant must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in New Brunswick.


Spouse or common-law partner’s previous study in New Brunswick

The principal applicant's spouse or common-law partner completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in New Brunswick.

Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and the spouse or common-law partner must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in New Brunswick.


Spouse or common-law partner’s previous work in New Brunswick

The principal applicant's spouse or common-law partner completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in New Brunswick.


Relatives in New Brunswick

The principal applicant or, if applicable, his or her spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in New Brunswick and is 18 years or older. Acceptable forms of relatives include:

  • parent
  • grandparent
  • brother/sister
  • aunt/uncle
  • niece/nephew

Spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency

The principal applicant`s spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency in either English or French is at the CLB 4 level or higher in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

To receive these points, an applicant must submit a copy of the language test results from a designated testing agency with his or her application. Results must not be more than two years old on the date that the application is received.




If required, an applicant may have to attend an in-person interview in New Brunswick. The applicant will be notified if such an interview is required.


When Not to Apply

Candidates should not apply if they:

  • have an application in process under another immigration program in Canada;
  • intend to work in an occupation that is a National Occupational Classification (NOC) level C or D;
  • are not lawfully residing in their country of residence at the time an application is received at the NBPNP office (proof of lawful residence is required);
  • have an unresolved humanitarian and compassionate claim in Canada;
  • are failed humanitarian and compassionate claimants living in Canada;
  • have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada;
  • are failed refugee claimants living in Canada;
  • are under a removal order in Canada;
  • are prohibited from entering Canada;
  • are engaged in full-time post-secondary education;
  • are on a valid federal post-graduation work permit whose occupation falls under NOC skill level C or D;
  • are live-in caregivers;
  • are a seasonal, part-time or casual worker;
  • are an individual whose job is not based in New Brunswick;
  • intend to start a business and/or be self-employed in New Brunswick; or
  • are unable to provide proof of required amount of funds.


EELMS Categories

The priority categories for this NBPNP stream are outlined below.

Note that for each of these categories the recruitment of highly skilled French speakers is a priority for New Brunswick. The province encourages people who can demonstrate advanced French language ability through a Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) and have a desire to be part of New Brunswick's vibrant Francophone community to submit their EOI as soon as possible because they will be given priority.


Connection to New Brunswick

The NBPNP will accept EOI forms continuously (any day of the week) from individuals who demonstrate at least one connection to New Brunswick, described below. More specifically, candidates who:

  • are working in New Brunswick;
  • have received post-secondary education diplomas from a recognized New Brunswick institution;
  • have relatives who have been living in New Brunswick as permanent residents or Canadian citizens for at least one year;
  • have worked full-time in New Brunswick for at least one year in the past five years; 
  • have a full-time, permanent offer of employment from a New Brunswick company; or
  • have French as their first language which is backed by their Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) certificate.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Preference will be given to individuals who, in addition to demonstrating a valid connection to New Brunswick, also have work experience in a priority occupation.

Occupation NOC
Retail and wholesale trade managers 0621
Administrative assistants 1241
Administrative officers 1221
Licensed practical nurses 3233
Cooks 6322
Restaurant and food service managers 0631
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 1311
Power engineers and power systems operators 9241
Managers in agriculture 0821
Industrial electricians 7242
Property administrators 1224
Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities 0016
Manufacturing managers 0911
Purchasing agents and officers 1225
Managers in health care 0311
Retail sales supervisors 6211
Corporate sales managers 0601
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Financial managers 0111
Facility operation and maintenance managers 0714
Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services 0013
Medical laboratory technologists 3211
Food service supervisors 6311
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 0121

Attended a NBPNP information session

Note: The NBPNP is temporarily opening the EOI process to applicants who have attended an information session in the previous 24 months (since September 1, 2015) and who also are in one of the priority occupations listed below:

  • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
  • Computer network technician (2281)
  • Software engineers and designers (2173)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  • Cooks (6322)
  • Restaurant and food service managers (0631)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (1311)
  • Managers in health care (0311)
  • Retail sales supervisors (6211)

The candidate must demonstrate that he or she has attended an information session. For instance, the candidate could provide the registration date and event, or name of the NBPNP staff he or she met and state the place and date.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Priority will be given to individuals who have work experience in a high demand occupation, listed above in the 'Connection to New Brunswick' section.

Open Category

Note: As of July 15, 2016, the NBPNP is no longer accepting Open Category EOIs.

The Open Category of this stream issues invitations to apply based on identified demand in the IT sector. A job offer is not required for this category.

Specifically, New Brunswick is looking for the following newcomers to settle in the province through the Open Category:

  • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
    • Example titles include: IT (information technology) consultant, computer systems analyst, informatics consultant, informatics security analyst, information systems business analyst, information systems quality assurance analyst, management information systems (MIS) analyst, systems auditor, systems consultant, systems security analyst
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
    • Example titles include: data administrator, data custodian, data dictionary administrator, data warehouse analyst, database administrator (DBA), database analyst, database architect, technical architect – database
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
    • Example titles include: Web programmer, application programmer, business, application programmer, computer game developer, computer programmer, e-business (electronic business) software developer, interactive media developer, multimedia developer, operating systems programmer, programmer analyst, scientific programmer, software developer, software programmer, systems programmer
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
    • Example titles include: Internet site designer, Internet site developer, Intranet site designer, Web designer, Web developer, Web manager, Web site developer, Webmaster, e-business Web site developer
  • Computer network technicians (NOC 2281)
    • Example titles include: Internet Web site technician, LAN (local area network) administrator, LAN (local area network) technician, Web technician, computer network technician, data centre operator, network administrator, network support technician, computer network technician supervisor, system administrator

Workers with experience in at least one of the above occupations may be in a position to submit an Expression of Interest in immigrating to New Brunswick through the NBPNP Open Category.

If a candidate is invited to apply and is then successful in obtaining a provincial nomination certificate from the NBPNP through this category, he or she will receive 600 additional points under the federal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and will be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

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