NBMC Urges Political Parties to Keep Immigration at the Heart of NB’s Economic Recovery

by New Brunswick Multicultural Council
September 11, 2020

As aspiring candidates work hard to win support in their ridings ahead of Monday’s provincial election, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) urges all political parties to agree on one priority for the province: population growth and retention must be top of the list in NB’s recovery plans.

“We are still facing the same demographic and labour market challenges in New Brunswick, but the impacts of Covid-19 have hurt thousands of New Brunswickers, especially small business owners, and gravely slowed down immigration efforts. Newcomers have also been disproportionately impacted by the global pandemic”, said Moncef Lakouas, President of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council.

According to the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, there were approximately 600 unemployed immigrants (permanent residents) in New Brunswick in June, 2019, and that number increased to 3000 in June, 2020. “We need to retain population growth and facilitate stable employment opportunities for newcomers as a central pillar to the province’s economic recovery plan.”

Parties either submitted responses directly, or were collected from public appearances and press releases.

NBMC reached out to all major political parties to get their stance on population growth and newcomer supports, including how they plan to address systemic racism and enhance the representation and inclusion of diverse voices in decision-making processes. Here is a summary of their responses, in their own words:

Liberal Party:

Green Party:

Progressive-Conservative Party:

People’s Alliance Party

New Democratic Party

“NBMC is pleased to see all parties continue to prioritize population growth and will continue to work with all elected officials to ease pathways to employment and improve representation, inclusion and retention of newcomers, immigrants and racialized people in New Brunswick”, added Mr. Lakouas.