Live in Perfect Balance

The Saint John region’s population is growing as more people recognize the benefits of living in a city and its surrounding communities close to nature, epic rivers and the amazing Bay of Fundy.


With houses in beautiful, family-friendly communities selling for a fraction of what they cost in the big city, you’ll be able to buy a home (or two) here and have plenty of money left over to experience all the things the Saint John region has to offer residents. The average single-family house price in Saint John is $330,000 compared to well over $1,000,000 in Toronto.

The front exterior of a home with grey siding and white trim in Millidgeville, Saint John


Escape to the shore minutes from your office or home; life in the Saint John region gives you the balance you need. And it’s all within 20 minutes. Our beautiful, historic urban core offers the amenities of big-city living in a compact, walkable uptown home to boutiques, craft breweries, theatres, bars and restaurants. Water and trail activities are never far away with access to the Bay of Fundy and the river system enveloping our six communities.


Our region offers a diversity of employment with many large companies headquartered here, a robust entrepreneurial community and is a great location for remote work. You can have a powerhouse career without the sacrifices.

If you are a new Canadian or a Newcomer to the Saint John region, there are specialized programs to assist you in your career decision.

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New resident
service map

If you are new, or considering a move to the Saint John Region, and are looking to connect with organizations that provide settlement supports from pre-arrival to networking – download our New Resident Service Map at the button below.

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Saint John Region Connector Programs

First Friends Program

The YMCA First Friend initiative is designed to create a natural, unique friendship with a newcomer match while assisting them in adjusting to life in Canada and encouraging them to become independent.

As a First Friend, you can connect with newcomer family and help them become independent in their new country. You may provide a tour of the Saint John Region, share meals, go for walks, attend events around the city, help them practice their English in an informal setting, and explore everything that region has to offer.


Fusion Connects is designed to showcase the different aspects of the Saint John Region – from social networks, participating in events and activities, experiencing local culture, or finding volunteer opportunities.

Fusion Connects volunteers are a group of passionate volunteers that wants to share what makes the region special.

If you are a new resident in the Saint John region, or have recently returned to the port city, we can help discover the amazing community that surrounds you.

Volunteer connector

The Community Foundation’s Greater Saint John Volunteer Connector Program helps connect people to meaningful volunteer opportunities that allow you to meet new people, grow in your experience and be involved in a cause you are passionate about.

The initiative also helps organizations with their volunteer recruitment by connecting you with volunteers who share your vision and meet your goals.

Pick Your Home Base

Illustrated map of the Saint John region, highlighting the five communities


History, architecture and harbour views.

Grand Bay-Westfield

Heritage trails, river views and ferry rides.


History, river activities and local flavours.


Scenery, beaches and waterside activities.


Riverside relaxation and rejuvenation.

Fundy-St. Martins

World’s highest tides, ancient rocks and sea caves.

Growth Stories