New Brunswick has a reputation for a strong work ethic, employer loyalty and a healthy work/life balance.
Canadian employers have high, but fair, standards for their employees, including an expectation of a co-operative, courteous, flexible and efficient approach to work. Career success will depend on your ability to meet daily deadlines and challenges, and communicate clearly and honestly.
Be active: start networking
Take the initiative in meeting people and making business connections. Your new network of friends, neighbours and professional associates may present you with unique work and business opportunities. You can begin to build your network through organizations such as local chambers of commerce and other professional associations, local and regional industrial development organizations, municipal-based development agencies, newcomer groups and multicultural organizations. Most chambers of commerce and professional organizations are based on memberships. In many cases you may attend the first meetings and events as a non-member, free of charge.
In New Brunswick, you have rights as an employee and as an employer to be treated fairly. Our Employment Standards Act offers minimum employment rules on such matters as minimum wage, overtime pay, vacations with pay, and sick leave. You can find out more about fair and equitable workplace practice through our Employment Standards Branch. This resource will also explain the New Brunswick minimum wage, as well as paid vacation and leave options.
You will pay tax on your earnings to fund important national and provincial programs like healthcare and education. To find out about Canadian taxes and benefits, refer to Working in Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.
Unemployed Canadian residents may be eligible for employment insurance, which provides temporary financial assistance for unemployed Canadians while they look for work or upgrade their skills. Canadians who are sick, pregnant or caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as those who caring for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death, may also be assisted by employment insurance. You can apply for these benefits only if you have contributed to employment insurance during previous periods of employment.
To find out about working safely and promoting workplace safety, refer to WorkSafe NB.