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About Fredericton

Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick with a population of 59,417. It’s the third-largest city in the province after Moncton and Saint John. Located near CFB Gagetown military base, its military history goes back over two-hundred years. The city, known for its colonial charm, is dominated by the beautiful Saint John River and is close to Grand Lake, the Fundy tides, and numerous covered bridges.

Society: Fredericton’s universities have nurtured a diverse and cosmopolitan ethnic mix including Caribbean, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, Pakistani, and Vietnamese. In 2009, the federal government named Fredericton the “Cultural Capital of Canada”.

Economy: Top Fredericton industries include government services, education, health and social services, retail trade, accommodation and hospitality. The forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas industries are also improving, and employment is growing strongly. 

Weather: Because Fredericton is inland, it has higher summer temperatures and lower winter temperatures than coastal locations in New Brunswick. It has a semi-continental climate with a warm summer and a cold winter.  

Driving: In 2007, New Brunswick opened the last 98 kilometres of the four-lane Trans-Canada Highway (Route 2) in the province. The entire 516 kilometres of highway from the Nova Scotia to the Quebec border is now a divided, four-lane highway. 

Libraries: The New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS) is the public library network in New Brunswick. It comprises one provincial office, 5 regional offices, 52 public libraries, 11 public-school libraries, a virtual branch, and a provincial Books-by-Mail and Talking Book Service. There are also eleven public-school libraries operated by NBPLS. 

Employment: While government services provide a significant percentage of Fredericton employment, the city’s ICT business and research community are key drivers of the economy. Fredericton is the start up capital of Canada, a choice destination for talented immigrants, and the #1 micro-city in North America for business (fDI Magazine).

Health Care: New Brunswick residents entitled to universal, government-funded health care, which includes most medically required services. Many employers also offer additional coverage as part of their benefits package. There is a 90-day waiting period, so newcomers are advised to get private insurance. 

Recreation: Fredericton is blessed with abundant natural beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the Odell, Carleton, and Wilmot parks, while Killarney Lake offers freshwater swimming. The city boasts over 88 km of trails flanking the St. John and Nashwaak Rivers and is connected to the Greater Trans Canada Trail System. The St. John River offers unparalleled paddling, canoeing, and kayaking.

Public Transit: The City of Fredericton Public Transit service operates 28 buses on twelve routes, Monday to Saturday, from 6:15 am-11:00 pm (except holidays). Bus passes and senior passes are available.










What is a Discovery Day and why should I attend?

Join us for a live chat with city representatives and find out how you can settle in Fredericton and succeed as a newcomer. Learn all about what makes Fredericton an amazing place to live. 


Join us for a live chat with city representatives and learn how you can settle in Fredericton and succeed as a newcomer. 

Sarah Corey Hollohan

Investment Attraction Specialist

Ignite Fredericton

Born and raised in Fredericton, Sarah is an expert on economic development, and will tell you about the various industry sectors thriving in Fredericton at the moment. She would also be able to help you connect with business startup services, and mentoring opportunities, which will be instrumental specially for newcomers with entrepreneurial mindset. 


Nausheen Ali

Population Growth Specialist

Ignite Fredericton

Being a recent immigrant herself, Nausheen has first hand experience of settling in Fredericton as a newcomer. Nausheen and her family chose Fredericton as their home, based on the various opportunities for work and business that Fredericton boasts, and she has never looked back since. She would be happy to tell you about the quality of lifestyle, the opportunities for education, employment and business, support mechanism available for newcomers through various settlement agencies, and cultural elements of life in this capital town of New Brunswick.


Information on Housing

Searching online for private market housing is one way to find something to fit your budget and preferences. Most rental sites allow you to search by price, location, and number of bedrooms.

It’s also worth trying older buildings built before 1991. Unlike newer buildings, they are subject to rent control and can help you avoid unaffordable rent hikes.

Check newspapers, the bulletin boards in community centres, grocery stores, places of worship, libraries and other local businesses. You can also use websites such as:

  • Apartmate

Newcomers Facebook groups are also useful. 

You can also walk around your preferred neighborhood, as landlords will post signs outside their property advertising available vacancies.

Places Of Interest


Fredericton’s cultural vibe expresses itself in world class art galleries and heritage museums. Explore the Fredericton theatre, concerts, and architecture of the historic districts. History lovers will especially enjoy inspecting the guard in the Historic Garrison District. Boyce Farmers’ Market is renowned as one of Canada’s best traditional markets.

There are also numerous waterfalls in the area including Howland Falls and Garden Creek. Visit Hyla Nature Park to explore Canada’s first amphibian sanctuary. Shogomoc Suspension Bridge is a 265-foot suspension foot bridge spanning where the Shogomoc River enters the Mactaquac head pond. Wildlife lovers will enjoy guided tours of the Great Canadian Beaver Pond Voyage in Mactaquac Provincial Park.

The area also offers King’s Landing, the scenic Hazen Park Marina in nearby Oromocto, unique hand-made artifacts in Gagetown, and superb salmon fishing at Miramichi River.


The Canadian public-school system for primary and secondary school students is free. 

Fredericton boasts two universities and several training college and institutes:

  1. University of New Brunswick – Fredericton Campus
  2. St. Thomas University
  3. Maritime College of Forest Technology
  4. Atlantic Business College
  5. Yorkville University

UNB is competitively priced compared to other universities and awards more than $9 million in scholarships annually ranging from $500 to $80,000.


Ignite Fredericton attracts, retains and supports entrepreneurs, business and economic builders in Greater Fredericton, NB.

Fredericton is a vibrant, friendly, and culturally diverse City. Here you can enjoy affordable, safe living, abundant recreational and cultural amenities, short commutes, clean air and drinking water, quality health care, and premium.

Over the past ten years, Fredericton has welcomed thousands of new immigrants into the community. Over 6.8% of the City’s population are immigrants who have moved to Fredericton from more than 50 countries from around the world. Newcomers are supported by a network of community organizations offering services including: language training, settlement services, employment services, business support, and family-oriented programs.

Ignite Fredericton offers information and programs to support our immigrant entrepreneurs and to help them establish their business in the region. We will connect you with organizations to help you start and grow your business.

Business Mentorship Program teaches immigrants about Canadian Business culture and customs through Mentorship support. There are multiple guides available on a wide range of business topics.


Living in Fredericton, New Brunswick

By downloading our free ebook today you will have access to essential information for immigrants that are planning to settle in Fredericton.

Here are just some of the topics covered in the ebook:

  • Society
  • Economy
  • Cost of Living
  • Weather
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Public Transit
  • Driving
  • Libraries
  • Shopping
  • Finding a Home
  • Health Care
  • Recreation
  • Cultural Events and Festivals
  • Places of Interest
  • Sports