Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
Government to make additional investments in community colleges, universities (10/01/20)
Jan. 20, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will make additional investments in community
college and university infrastructure while continuing to make post-secondary education more affordable
Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault outlined these plans today
when he released the department's budget estimates for 2010-11.
The department will spend $672.2 million in both capital and operational budgets, including:
- $30 million more in new operational spending compared to last year;
- $78 million to fund a second year of infrastructure upgrades in the community college system;
- $275.5 million to universities; and
- $318.7 million for departmental operations, including the community colleges.
"These estimates outline significant investments that continue to support the provincial government's
vision of a self-sufficient New Brunswick, while encouraging education and work opportunities for all,"
said Arseneault. "By making further investments, we are moving forward with the Be inspired. Be ready.
Be better. Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education and keeping the province on the road to
The department is undertaking initiatives to make post-secondary education more affordable and to
- A tuition freeze at the four public universities for the third consecutive year along with an investment
of $6 million to ensure this measure does not negatively affect them.
- A tuition freeze for regular programs at the community colleges for the fifth consecutive year.
- $15 million for the four public universities for infrastructure renewal with another $15 million to be
provided in 2011-12. These investments are part of an $80-million, three-year plan.
- $6 million in operational budget increases to the public universities to address increasing costs to
post-secondary education. This translates into a three-per-cent increase in operating grants administered
through the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.
- $7.8 million to support the English and French university medical programs.
This year's budget includes the second half of a two-year investment of $121.6 million in community
- $30.7 million for the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), Saint John, which includes $19
million for the Centre of Excellence for Energy and Construction (Grandview Avenue campus) and
$11.7 million for the Saint John Allied Health facility (located on the University of New Brunswick,
Saint John campus);
- $22 million to complete work on a new campus at the Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick
- $11 million to complete major renovations at NBCC, Moncton;
- $9.6 million for the new NBCC Fredericton campus;
- $3 million to complete the new multi-trades shop at CCNB, Bathurst;
- $2 million for various repairs and upgrades across the NBCC-CCNB network, including $500,000 for
the College of Craft and Design in Fredericton.
- $1 million to increase accessibility to post-secondary education for low-income earners as part of the
provincial government's commitment in Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic
and Social Inclusion Plan.
- $1.7 million to improve the apprenticeship system to increase the number of apprentices.
- $3 million increase to the Workplace Essential Skills program (WES), which provides an accelerated
process to improve workplace essential skills.
- $100,000 to increase the matching grant allocated to the New Brunswick Libraries Foundation to
$200,000 per year from $100,000 per year.
Arseneault said the department's commitment to help ensure equal treatment in the workplace will be
maintained through: the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, continuing enforcement of
employment standards, mediation efforts provided by the industrial relations branch, and the Office of
Workers' Advocates and the Employers' Advocates.
"I believe in this province and in the universal importance of quality education, skills development, and
successful employment strategies and practices," said Arseneault. "The provincial government and
department will continue to work hard to ensure a brighter, more educated future for New Brunswickers."
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education,
Training and Labour, 506-476-0542.