New Brunswick has invited international students and even newcomers to come and explore career opportunities in the bilingual city of Moncton. Moncton in New Brunswick has taken the initiative to host a job fair that would help immigrants find their true calling. The job fair was organized with the aim of allowing local employers to have access to international talent. The fair was held on the 24th of January. It was attended by international students, prospective immigrants, and newcomers who wanted to explore their employment options in IT, insurance, finance, customer service, health, manufacturing, and hospitality. Angelique Reddy-Kalala, who is the Immigration Strategy Officer with the City of Moncton, reported that last year 117 positions were filled, and the numbers should be rising further this year. According to Reddy-Kalala, the fair provided 500-1000 open positions to people looking for jobs. Moreover, the number of employers who wanted to tap into the international talent market reached its capacity during the fair.
Most of the attendees were already living in Canada with the help of a work or study permit. Reddy-Kalala estimated that only five percent would travel abroad and attend the fair in search of job opportunities. While there are people looking for jobs, it is also important to note that the country has the capacity to provide jobs as well. When combined with the prospect of an affordable housing market and high quality of life, the offer seems too good to turn down. Moncton also recently came up with an immigration strategy that would double the number of immigrants in the next four years.
The job fair was attended by representatives from the Province of New Brunswick, and they provided essential information on immigration. Since Moncton is a bilingual city, a large portion of the employers would want candidates fluent in both English and French.