May 12, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will invest $4.68 million for 2009-10 in a variety of priorities for the Population Growth Secretariat.
The investment will be used to streamline processing times for applicants to the Provincial Nominee Program; build community capacity for immigrant support services; attract new immigrants and support francophone immigration; retain more young people; and promote New Brunswick worldwide.
These were the priorities outlined today by Jack Keir, acting minister of Business New Brunswick and acting minister responsible for the population growth secretariat, as he tabled the secretariat's budget estimates and detailed its priorities, many of which fulfil long-term commitments made in the Population Growth Strategy.
"This year's population growth budget will be focused on stepping up our immigration efforts and helping new immigrants belong and be better upon landing in New Brunswick," said Keir. "At the same time, we will continue to market our province and lead outreach trips to other parts of Canada, with the message that New Brunswick is a place where you can enjoy lower taxes and a better way of life."
Budget highlights include investments in:
"These initiatives will build upon population growth successes that we have seen in 2008-09 despite the global economic uncertainty we are still experiencing," said Keir. "In the coming year, we will be working harder than ever to achieve our short-term population goals, while staying focused on achieving self-sufficiency by 2026."
MEDIA CONTACT: Brendan Langille, communications, Population Growth Secretariat, 506-471-3264.