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What Occupations Increased In Demand in New Brunswick Post-Pandemic?

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"The Canadian government recently conducted a study to determine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the labor market across different provinces. This study revealed how the pandemic positively and negatively impacted certain sectors of the economy."
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Published on:  Oct 20, 2021
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The Canadian government recently conducted a study to determine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the labor market across different provinces. This study revealed how the pandemic positively and negatively impacted certain sectors of the economy. 

In New Brunswick, certain job profiles were able to transition to working from home and saw fewer problems, while many other sectors had to lay off employees due to incompatibility with the new Covid-19 restrictions. Due to this, certain National Occupational Classification (NOC) code occupations increased in demand in the province. 

What Occupations Increased In-Demand in New Brunswick Post-Pandemic?

Management Occupations and Business, Finance and Administration Occupations: 

Under this, the following NOC codes experienced an increase in job vacancies:

Computer and Information System Managers - NOC 0213: 

While during the pandemic, the demand for these professionals dipped, it seems to be recovering post-pandemic. Certain employers are unable to find a professional who has the adequate skills to carry out all of the job duties. Skilled foreign nationals can benefit from this opportunity.

Financial Auditors and Accountants - NOC 1111: 

The job vacancies for this profession remained pretty stable throughout the pandemic, so many people were able to avoid unemployment. The main factor was that the job duties of this profession allowed workers to work from home, also the beginning of the pandemic coincided with a busy tax season. 

Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations: 

These occupations include engineers and designers. The demand for these professions increased between March and April 2020. Employment in these industries is expected to grow in the coming years. The following NOC codes fall under this category:

  1. Information System Analysts and Consultants - NOC 2171
  2. Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers - NOC 2174
  3. Computer Network Technicians - NOC 2281
  4. User Support Technicians - NOC 2282

Healthcare Occupations: 

The pandemic increased the pressure on healthcare industries, subsequently increasing the demand for healthcare professionals in the province. The level of vacancies in the healthcare industry has increased continuously for more than 2 decades. The following NOC codes have increased in demand:

  1. Licensed Practical Nurses - NOC 3233
  2. Nurse Aides, Orderlies, and Patient Service Associates - NOC 3413

Occupations in Education, Law, and Social Community and Government Services: 

The pandemic forced educational institutions to shift their classrooms online. Teachers saw a complete change in their work dynamic, which also increased the demand for teaching assistants. The demand for francophone teachers has also been reported. As the pandemic forced people to stay at home, there was an increase in domestic disturbances. Therefore, the demand for social service workers has also increased. The following NOC codes are in-demand in the province:

  1. Elementary School and Kindergarten Teacher - NOC 4032 (for the francophone school system)
  2. Social Workers - NOC 4152
  3. Early Childhood Educators and Assistants - NOC 4214

Trade, Transport and Equipment Operators, and Related Occupations: 

More than a quarter of the workforce in this industry is over the age of 55. Therefore, as more people start to retire, the vacancies in this industry will also increase. Most occupations under this category were barely impacted due to the pandemic. However, truck drivers faced difficulties at the beginning of the pandemic, they have also gradually recovered. The following NOC codes have increased in demand in the province:

  1. Electricians, Except Industrial and Power System - NOC 7241
  2. Carpenters - NOC 7271
  3. Transport Truck Drivers - NOC 7511

How Can You Immigrate to New Brunswick?

As a skilled worker, you will have the option of immigrating to New Brunswick through Express Entry. Having skilled work experience will make you eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs under the Express Entry system:

You will be required to meet additional requirements regarding your education level, language proficiency, financial resources, etc to qualify for an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Note, the above-mentioned programs are only for foreign workers in occupations classified as NOC code Skill level 0, A, or B. Certain occupations mentioned above like nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates and truck drivers will not qualify for these streams.

However, Express Entry is not your only option. You can immigrate to New Brunswick through the immigration stream available under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP). The NBPNP offers the following streams:

New Brunswick is also part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). The AIPP was designed to encourage economic immigration to the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, namely Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Applicants to this program do not require a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to get employed. A positive LMIA is a document that states that no other Canadian citizen or permanent resident was available to fill the position being offered to the foreign worker.

The Canadian government recently launched the following 6 six new permanent residence pathways:

There are 20,000 spots available for healthcare workers and essential non-healthcare workers who aid Canada in the response to the pandemic. The applications for these programs are available till November 5, 2021, or until their intake cap limit is fulfilled. 

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