Fredericton Capital Region: A hidden gem in the heart of New Brunswick for newcomers to Canada

Published: August 4, 2023

Welcome to the Capital Region in the center of the beautiful province of New Brunswick in Eastern Canada. Housing the city of Fredericton, the provincial capital, the region is driven by a rich cultural heritage, thriving economy, and strong sense of community, and has everything that you need to create a new home.

The Capital Region is home to a mix of vibrant communities like Oromocto, New Maryland, Hanwell, Nackawic-Millville, Central York, Sunbury-York, Harvey, Arcadia, Grand Lake, Nashwaak, Tracy, and the Fredericton Junction.

Each of these communities has their own unique landscape, populace, industries and attractions that add to the diversity of the region and make it a sought-after destination for people and businesses alike. There is no shortage of things to do in this beautiful part of the world.

From hiking and biking through parks and nature reserves to kayaking and fishing along scenic lakes and rivers. But beyond the natural beauty lies the true spirit of community, where the people are friendly, welcoming, and always ready to lend a helping hand.

Learn more about living, working or studying in the Fredericton Capital Region

Over the past few years, the city of Fredericton has been named among Canada’s Best Top Ten Small Cities by, and the 2nd Best City to Live and Work In by Maclean’s. These are just a couple of accolades it has received owing to its well-thought-out urban design, colonial architecture, rich art and cultural landscape, lower cost of living and warm-hearted people. More recently it has been named as Canada’s third greenest city with high scores for being walkable and pedestrian friendly.

For any immigrant family aspiring to establish their new home in Canada, the choice of a location to live generally depends on the economic opportunity and quality of lifestyle that the location promises.

The capital region of New Brunswick boasts a stable economy with diverse industries such as technology, education, engineering and construction, agriculture, healthcare, and many more. The presence of the University of New Brunswick and many other post-secondary institutions contribute to a relatively stable job market, which can be reassuring for both job seekers and those looking for long-term career prospects. More traditional sectors also promise lucrative opportunities, including hospitality and food, finance and administration, skilled trades, retail, and government services.

Fredericton’s decades-long focus on digital infrastructure and the knowledge economy has led to its recognition as an innovation district, and one of the world’s Smart 7 Communities. With an impressive increase in job vacancies during the post-covid years and unemployment rate well below the national average, Fredericton offers countless employment opportunities to the skilled newcomers and immigrants integrating into the community.

Learn more about living, working or studying in the Fredericton Capital Region

One of the most significant benefits of living in the Capital region of New Brunswick is its affordable housing market. Compared to larger cities like Toronto, Vancouver, or even Montreal, the cost of purchasing or renting a home in Fredericton is considerably lower. This affordability allows residents to have a better quality of life and more financial flexibility.

Beyond housing, the overall cost of living in the region is generally lower than in major urban centers. Amenities such as groceries, transportation, daycare and recreation are more affordable, leaving residents with more disposable income to invest or enjoy their daily lives.

There has never been a better time to come to Fredericton. As the leading economic development agency, Ignite serves as a one-stop shop for all your support needs when you land in the Capital Region. Whether you are looking for workforce support, settlement information, skills training, or opportunities to integrate, the Ignite team is ready to help. Immigrant entrepreneurs can also receive all help they need from Ignite to start and grow their businesses in the Capital region.

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