New Brunswick will receive a percentage of international immigrants equal to its national population share.
New Brunswick’s population is declining due to an aging population and poor retention of youth and immigrants. In 1976, New Brunswick’s population share peaked at 2.94%, however, it has since dropped by 29.6% to 2.07% in 2019.
The imbalance between the aging population and youth population in New Brunswick is creating a low population growth rate in the province. Due to the shortage of jobs, the youth population is leaving New Brunswick resulting in a net loss in interprovincial migration. In addition, New Brunswick has a low fertility rate. Therefore, the number of children being born is relatively low. As such, the death rate is almost equal to the birth rate, resulting in a natural increase of zero.
International migration is crucial to increase New Brunswick’s population to grow the economy and develop communities. International migration will allow skilled employees to meet the employment needs of current businesses as well as create businesses of their own.
International migration to New Brunswick can be increased by growing the job market as this will attract a skilled workforce. Moreover, the province can achieve growth by helping newcomers and their families attain success. This can be accomplished through creating stronger, more inclusive communities that foster and value diversity. Skilled international immigrants complement the skills of the domestic labour force. In addition, they develop new investments and innovative practices, and form trade routes to their homelands.