Government of New Brunswick

Business Immigrant Mentorship Programs (BIMPs)

These programs were piloted in Fredericton in 2009 with the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, and expanded to Moncton, Saint John, Bathurst and Edmundston in partnership with various economic development agencies.

Program Highlights:

  • Two cohorts each year
  • Discussion on how to start or operate a business
  • Local business culture, environment and regulations
  • Market research
  • Networking events
  • Educational and learning events
  • Cultural competency training
  • Integration into the local business community
  • Mentor training


The Hive/La Ruche Business Incubators

These business incubators were initially created as a next step to the other business support programs to assist immigrant entrepreneurs by offering support in developing their business plans from infancy to a successful and productive business. The business incubator program was first created in 2013-14 in Moncton. It then expanded to Fredericton in 2014-15, Bathurst and Edmundston in 2015-16, and Saint John in 2017-2018.

Program Highlights:

  • Access to the BIMPs and business trainings
  • Physically housed in business centres
  • Helping setting up business and reaching a point of self-sufficiency
  • Providing working space for startups with low costs
  • Sharing common office facilities
  • Peer-to-peer support activities
  • On-site administrative support
  • Business networking


Ignite Fredericton

A non-profit community economic development organization where free, confidential business counselling and tools are offered to help entrepreneurs start, grow, and locate their business.

Program Highlights

  • Supporting Entrepreneurs
  • Attracting & Retaining Talent through Immigration
  • Strengthening the Economic Development Ecosystem through Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
  • Operates the Fredericton BIMP program


Propel ICT

A private, non-profit, cohort-based accelerator program for early stage technology entrepreneurs to increase their chances of long-term success by providing an early opportunity to funding, mentorship, knowledge and support.  

Program Highlights:  

  • Increase the number of new ventures and improve their survival rate
  • Move start-ups from the idea/R&D phase
  • Speed commercialization
  • Integrate founders and their start-ups into the community and the business technology network
  • Build partnerships between the private sector, the public sector and academia


Other business supports available

  • Take part in professional networking and educational events
  • Participate in cultural competency training
  • Attend an import/export information session
  • Complete market research
  • Integrate into the local business community

New Brunswick Business Immigrant Programs

Multicultural Association Chaleur Region
325 Main Street         
Bathurst, NB E2A 1B1
Phone: 1-506-547-7651  

Edmundston Chamber of Commerce
1, Chemin Canada
Edmundston, NB
Phone: 1-506-737-9600

Ignite Fredericton
40 Crowther Lane, Suite 100
Fredericton, NB   E3C 0J1
Phone: 1-506-200-1180

3+(BIMP and Hive)
1273 Main Street, Suite 250
Moncton, NB  E1C 0P4 
Phone: 1-506-858-9550
Toll-Free: 1-888 -577-0000

Saint John
Envision Saint John
40 King Street
Saint John, NB  E2L 1G3
Phone: 1-506-658-2877