Immigration is critical to reversing the decline in the province’s population, says the government.
The Government of New Brunswick is calling for a substantial rise in immigration to the province over the next five years to tackle the financial and societal problems presented by its ageing population.
The government’s new population growth strategy would bring the number of economic immigrants settled in New Brunswick to 7,500 each year by 2024.
This would increase the immigration rate of New Brunswick to almost one per cent of its complete population and nearly double the present amount of immigrants living in the province.
“Population development is essential to the potential achievement of our province,” said Trevor Holder, New Brunswick’s Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labor.
“The appeal and preservation of new Canadians is crucial to assisting us boost our province’s population and satisfy the requirements of our workers.”
According to the study, some 120,000 employment will be accessible in New Brunswick over the next 10 years. Statistics compiled by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) show that the province’s workforce lost 110,000 workers during the same period, primarily to retirement.
The study states that the present working-age population of New Brunswick is too low to meet these possibilities, and its declining birth rate implies that this condition will only worsen if immigration is not expanded.
“International migration is a key strategy to lessen the impact of this decline,” the strategy reads.
New Brunswick’s capacity to promote critical social services such as health care is a main issue described in the plan. According to the study, the percentage of working-age people in New Brunswick for each senior citizen reduced from 4.6 to 3.1 between 2008 and 2018 and could achieve 2.3 by 2027.
“This will have a important effect on the province’s capacity to fund financial and social services,” the study suggests. “In the brief and long run, in order to satisfy the requirements of helping an aging population with a declining tax base, New Brunswick requires to encourage motion to the province to enhance our population perspective.”
The approach states that increased immigration to the province will primarily be accomplished through the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
NBPNP enables New Brunswick to nominate a amount of eligible qualified employees, entrepreneurs and global graduates from New Brunswick’s post-secondary schools for continuous residency each year.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a federal-provincial employer-driven initiative initiated last year to assist companies in the Atlantic Canada area employ overseas employees to fill work holes.
The distribution of the province under these programs is 2,100 in 2019, according to the approach, up from 625 in 2014.
“We need to create on this momentum and concentrate on ongoing population growth and enhanced migration of foreigners who fulfill the province’s focused financial and labor market requirements,” said the approach.
Among other objectives, the strategy also calls for an immigration retention rate of 85 per cent by 2024 and an increase in the number of French-speaking immigrants by two per cent per year over the next five years to a total of 33 per cent of all immigration to the province, which recognizes both English and French as its official languages.
The Government’s approach reflects the results of a study published last November by the NBMC, which also called for an increase in immigration to the province to one per cent of New Brunswick’s inhabitants.
Alex LeBlanc, NBMC Executive Director, informed CIC News that the province’s goal is “very attainable” and that the time frame will allow the province to develop assistance mechanisms that will help families to greet and assist people as they live in New Brunswick.
“This approach really symbolizes the transition New Brunswick is moving through,” LeBlanc said in a telephone interview. “As a province, we are completely behind the importance of immigration, the sacrifices that foreigners create, and we are dedicated to welcoming many more individuals to New Brunswick in the years ahead.”