NB government investing in newcomers programs

The province will invest $260,000 in the Fredericton YMCA to support newcomers in the region.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault says the government wants to make newcomers feel welcome to New Brunswick and equip them with the skills they need to succeed. 

Fredericton YMCA CEO Jason Dickson says the YMCA has always played a key role in welcoming newcomers and the funding will help offer employment counseling and provide resources for them.

The government also recently announced a couple of other projects related to immigration and population growth.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project is a three-year, employer-driven immigration program to attract and retain talented immigrants while supporting population growth and addressing labour shortages.

It will welcome 2,000 additional immigrants and their families to the region, a key component of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. 

The provincial and federal governments signed the Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement to help fill labour shortages and grow the population.

The agreement supports New Brunswick in its goal to help fill labour shortages and grow the population by welcoming more immigrants, and also included the first francophone immigration annex in Canada.

The government also recently launched www.weareallnb.ca, a website that serves as an immigration hub for New Brunswickers, employers, and skilled foreign workers.