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Settling in Canada City of Moncton PROFILE

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Moncton is the fastest growing urban centre in Atlantic Canada – and one of Canada’s best places to do business.


Moncton Facts

Moncton website

Population: 138,645 (2011)

Location – Eastern Canada
In the centre of the Maritimes, between the Acadian and Fundy Coasts.

Warm summers, crisp autumns, cold snowy winters.

Moncton is the fastest growing urban centre in Atlantic Canada – and one of Canada’s best places to do business. It is also an affordable city, with a low cost of living and the most affordable housing market in Canada.

Moncton has been ranked as one of Canada’s best places to live. It features two world-class hospitals, three universities, and, within a 20 minute drive, the warmest beaches north of Virginia USA.

Moncton features:

  • Named as one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world for economic growth in the broadband economy (Intelligent Community Forum, 2009)
  • The lowest cost location for business among urban centres in Atlantic Canada and New England (KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2010)
  • Four of Atlantic Canada’s top business/industrial parks and a growing downtown core
  • Excellent transportation and distribution links, including one of the fastest growing international airports in Canada
  • Short commutes
  • A low crime rate and the “most honest and polite” city in Canada (Readers’ Digest 2008)



Moncton was founded in the 18th century by French-speaking Acadians and English-speaking Loyalists from the United States. Irish and German immigrants followed. In the past 10 years, they have been joined by immigrants from the United States, the Congo, China, the United Kingdom and other locations in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Moncton is a bilingual city where the mother tongue of 64 per cent of the population is English and of 33 per cent is French. The Government of Canada has recognized Moncton for its leadership in equality between French- and English-speaking Canadians.

As of the 2011 National Household Survey, there were 5,995 immigrants living in Moncton – 4.4 per cent of the total population. Of these, 37.4 per cent – 2,245 people in all – arrived between 2006 and 2011.

Countries of origin
United States, United Kingdom, Korea, South, Other places of birth in Africa, Viet Nam, Other places of birth in Europe, Philippines, Other places of birth in Americas, Haiti, Germany.

First languages spoken
English, French, Korean, Arabic, Spanish.

Catholic, No religious affiliation, Baptist, United Church, Other Christian, Anglican.

Countries of origin

These are the 30 most common birthplaces of immigrants to Moncton.

Country of Origin Total Immigrant Population (2011) Immigrants Arriving 2006 – 2011
United States 1,200 120
United Kingdom 970 130
Korea, South 610
Other places of birth in Africa 490
Viet Nam 280 250
Other places of birth in Europe 220
Philippines 200 105
Other places of birth in Americas 180
Haiti 175 165
Germany 160 0
China 130 35
France 125 75
India 125 0
Other places of birth in Asia 115
Italy 110
Netherlands 110
Morocco 75 50
Egypt 65 0
Pakistan 55 0
Romania 50 0
Lebanon 50 0
Mexico 40 0
Poland 35 0
South Africa, Republic of 35 0
Iran 35 0
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 30 0
Colombia 25 25
Algeria 25 0
Other places of birth 25
Ireland, Republic of 20

‡ Statistics Canada did not publish data for some countries of origin for recent immigrants.
Source: Statistics Canada (2011 National Household Survey)

First languages

These are the top ten “first languages” – the mother tongue spoken by people who live in the region.

Mother Tongue Number (2011) % of Population (2011)
English 85,675 62.9%
French 49,015 36.0%
Korean 560 0.4%
Arabic 370 0.3%
Spanish 265 0.2%
German 255 0.2%
Italian 195 0.1%
Dutch 160 0.1%
Chinese, n.o.s.* 155 0.1%

* Not otherwise specified.
Source: Statistics Canada (2011 Census of Canada)


These are the religions with the most adherents in Moncton.

Religion # of Adherents (2011)
Catholic 65,080
No religious affiliation 25,010
Baptist 14,975
United Church 10,240
Other Christian 8,880
Anglican 6,385
Pentecostal 1,480
Presbyterian 1,260
Muslim 850
Other religions 380
Buddhist 350
Jewish 210

Source: Statistics Canada (2011 National Household Survey)

Housing Information

Housing in Moncton is among the most affordable in Canada. Over 70 per cent of people own their homes, but there is also a healthy rental market. The city offers a blend of architecture in its homes, some new and sophisticated, some old and charming. Single-detached homes are most common. Apartments tend to be in small buildings.

Average rents
The average monthly rent for a one bedroom apartment in April 2013 was $636 and a two bedroom apartment was $744. The average monthly rent for a three bedroom apartment was $860.

Vacancy rate and availability
In Moncton, the vacancy rate for one bedroom rental apartments was 7 per cent and for two bedroom apartments was 7.4 per cent. The vacancy rate of three bedroom rental apartments was not available. This was the proportion of rental apartments that are vacant and ready for move-in in April 2013.

The proportion, in April 2013, of apartments that are vacant or for which the present occupant has given notice to move-out was 8.5 per cent for one bedroom apartments,  8.9 per cent for two bedroom apartments, and 11.5 per cent for three bedroom apartments.

Home purchase prices
In Moncton, the average house price, in 2012, was $158,107.

For more up-to-date information, see CMHC's Housing Market Information website, and the Canadian Housing Observer.

Housing help

Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation – Housing information for Newcomers

These agencies can help you find housing:

Moncton’s provincial government provides housing assistance for families and individuals with low income.  Go to http://www.gnb.ca/socialdevelopment and search for housing assistance under “Services”.


Moncton is located at the centre of the Atlantic Trade Gateway, making it a transportation and distribution hub for road, rail and air cargo. This infrastructure, combined with a competitive cost environment, has supported the growth of the region’s manufacturing, retail, tourism and service sectors.

Moncton is also home to a number of world-class firms in gaming technologies, knowledge industries and advanced manufacturing. Moncton’s back office services support companies such as UPS, FedEx, Purolator Courier, Royal Bank of Canada, Camco and ExxonMobil.

Job search help

This website lists jobs in Moncton:

City of Moncton

Private employment services may also be available

Business start-ups

These organizations offer advice and support to people starting small businesses in Moncton:

Enterprise Greater Moncton

Business Development Bank of Canada

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Community Business Development Corporations

Entering the workforce

This organization helps immigrants evaluate foreign credentials

World Education Services Canada



Moncton is home to three major public universities, including the Francophone Université de Moncton, as well as several private universities and colleges.

Moncton also has a full array of elementary and high schools overseen by two school boards, one Anglophone and one Francophone.

Universities and colleges in or near Moncton

Université de Moncton

University of New Brunswick – Faculty of Nursing

New Brunswick Community College

Elementary and secondary schools (for children and youth)

School District 1

School District 2

Private schools may also be available

Community Services


Immigration is a key priority for the City of Moncton and its City Council.

A year ago, Immigration was recognized as a pillar of the City’s new Economic Development, Tourism and Culture department. In October, the City created a new Immigration Specialist position to focus on a full-time basis on the attraction, welcoming, settlement and retention of immigrants.

Language training

Alliance Française
French language training

Université de Moncton
French language training and resources for international students.

Settlement help

These organizations provide all kinds of support to immigrants:

MAGMA is an immigrant-serving organization offering settlement services, language training, employment services, child-minding services and a technology centre. Services are offered in English and French.

New Brunswick Community College
Resources for international students.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Diversity in School Mentoring, offering one-to-one relationships for children to improve language, integration and newcomer awareness to the community.

Community and international development programs, including English language training.

Volunteer Greater Moncton
Opportunities to volunteer in the Moncton community.

Citizen and Immigration Canada
Provides information on coming to Canada to immigrate, study, work and live. On this website you will find forms, policies and regulations, research, services, publications and visa offices.

These websites provide information on public transit, child care and other community services:

City of Moncton

Guide for Newcomers

Immigrants’ stories


Ola Akinmokun,
Owner, Isaac Lawson Stylish Clothiers

A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Ola acquired a diploma in Business Administration. Prior to moving to New Brunswick Ola completed a diploma in journalism as a resident of the Republic of Ireland.

As a boy Ola was inspired by uniforms and classy attire sported by both genders. His father (a clothing salesman who later started and grew his first business, and then started other successful businesses) helped to guide him through his entrepreneurial journey.

Apprenticing and learning about New Brunswick’s fashions and chain stores, management and sales technique, Ola Akinmokun’s dreamt of owning, operating and building his own apparel business. That dream became reality when Ola formed “Isaac Lawson Stylish Clothiers Inc.” in 2010 in Moncton.

Ola now hopes to expand his clothing chain and eventually manufacture his designs in Moncton, employing his fellow New Brunswickers to supply stores across Canada and export into the United States.

An entrepreneur, Ola’s style matches his gentle personality. A quiet family man, he and his family bring to Moncton earthly views entrenched in sound values and a genuine regard for their fellow man. Ola’s and his family’s integrity is beyond reproach. He is a member of Moncton’s Cornerstone Chapel of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, donating much time to his parish, its congregation and to the Moncton community.

Anja Bardelmann,
Body and Tone Massage, Gallie Wellness Center

Anja Bardlemann was born in Cologne, Germany. With diplomas in physiotherapy and massage therapy, Anja opened her first physiotherapy and massage clinic in Germany. She owned and operated this venture for 13 years prior to moving to New Brunswick in 2008.

Today Anja owns and operates the successful New Brunswick business, Body Tone and Massage, located in the Gallie Wellness Centre. With international certifications, education is ongoing with annual course requirements and study abroad. Anja also provides workshops for parents and children in a variety of health areas.

Anja is a participant in the Moncton Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP). The program matches immigrants with a local business owner in a similar field, offering immigrants an opportunity to learn how to grow a successful Canadian business, and Canadians a chance to learn more about foreign markets.

Anja and her husband like Moncton, its size, its concerts, theatres, sports facilities, parks and green spaces, restaurants and other amenities and they value New Brunswick`s clean rivers and lakes. They encourage people from Germany to immigrate to New Brunswick, a province with landscapes similar to those in her birth country.





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