On August 27, 2019, New Brunswick announced its plans to triple the number of immigrants to 7,500 newcomers annually by 2024. This represents about 1% of the province’s total population of 773,000 in the second quarter of this year according to Statistics Canada estimates. Another goal of the province is to increase the annual retention rate to 85% by 2024. The third main goal of the plan is a 2% annual increase in French-speaking immigrants, to reach 33% of the total population by 2024. In the last 4.5 years, New Brunswick accepted 18,275 immigrants.