Top 10 Reasons to Move to New Brunswick

As someone who was born in New Brunswick and has lived in New Brunswick her entire life, I truly believe this is the best place on earth to live and raise a family. Here are my Top 10 Reasons for Moving to New Brunswick:

  1. Work Life Balance. Quality of life is very important to New Brunswickers. While hard work is valued, people take the time to enjoy family and leisure activities as well. Many local employers support wellness and a proper work-life balance. It is one of the few places where after a day’s work, you can leave the city and within five minutes be kayaking.

  1. Safe Place to Live. In many urban centres, children’s activities are structured and require supervision. In contrast, New Brunswick is one of the few places where it is still safe to let you children play outside with their friends.

  1. Family Oriented. Most communities have a number of family activities organized throughout the year. For example, in Quispamsis, Saint John and Grand-Bay Westfield, there are Arts & Culture Parks. In the summer there are featured outdoor movies. For no charge, you can bring your favourite lawn chair or picnic blanket and sit out with your children while enjoying popcorn and watch a movie under the stars. Many areas have public beaches at no or minimum entrance fees. In the winter months, there are many places hosting family skating or tobogganing. We have two ski hills and in February, Saint John hosts a large pond hockey tournament.

  1. Great schools. Many of my clients initially ask me about private schools. While we do have some excellent private schools (Touchstone Community School and Rothesay Netherwood School to name a few) they are pleasantly surprised at the high quality of our public schools. Our schools, particularly the primary schools, are very community focused with a high level of parental volunteerism. This enhances the already high quality of education. In many primary schools, there is a teacher dedicated to helping children learn English and ease their transition into a Canadian school. As an added benefit, some of my clients who are new to Canada really enjoy volunteering in their children’s school as they find it to be a great way to get to know other parents in their neighbourhood.

  1. Inexpensive Real Estate. Compared to other provinces, New Brunswick offers some of the least expensive real estate in the country. The average price of a home in New Brunswick in July 2012 was under $160,000. This means, that many families can afford a home and land where in other areas, this is something enjoyed only by the wealthy.

  1. Bilingual Province. New Brunswick is the only bilingual province in Canada. New Brunswick hosts a variety of festivals celebrating our rich Acadian culture.

  1. Natural Surroundings. Where else can you leave the city’s core and be hiking in the woods in a matter of minutes. We have three coast lines, the Bay of Fundy (which has the highest tides in the world), the Bay of Chaleur and the Northumberland Straight. St. Andrews is a beautiful seaside community that houses the Algonquin Hotel, a landmark historical hotel.

  1. World Class Entrepreneurs. Even though New Brunswick’s population of 750,000 is relatively small, we are home of innovative and World Class entrepreneurs. New Brunswick has been dubbed the “Silicone Valley of the East” for its successful IT Industry including the famed Radian 6.

  1. Vibrant Culture – New Brunswick Celebrates and Welcome Cultures from Around the World. New Brunswickers have welcomed newcomers with open arms and celebrate the diverse cultures of newcomers. Farmers markets across the province showcase food from around the world. Most cities have multicultural festivals in the summer months. There are a number of multicultural associations around the province which offer settlement serves to help with the transition to life here. In Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton there are business immigrant mentorship programs (at no charge) which offers mentorship to immigrants looking to open a business here.

  1. The People. Like all Maritimers, New Brunswicks are renowned for their friendliness, warmth and hospitality. My favourite quote on WhyNB’s website is from Brian Gallant who wrote, “Walk down any road in NB and count the number of strangers that nod or smile at you”.

For more information on New Brunswick’s communities, visit New Brunswick’s Department of Local Government’s Community Profiles Page.