June 23, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick's population has increased for the ninth straight quarter, with the largest first-quarter growth since 1992. Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the population growth secretariat, made the announcement today.
"This is very exciting for me to be able to report this news on my first full day as minister responsible for this important file," said Boudreau. "Increasing our population by 100,000 is critical to our achieving self-sufficiency by 2026, and this shows that we are well on track."
According to the latest figures released by Statistics Canada, New Brunswick led Atlantic Canada in population growth in the quarter, gaining a net 547 new residents from Jan. 1 to April 1, 2009. This compares with growth of 236 in Prince Edward Island, and losses in the other two Atlantic provinces.
Boudreau said that this was second-best quarter of any time of year since 2002, which he said bodes well for the rest of this year.
"The first quarter of the year is usually slow for growth," said Boudreau. "Normally, the third quarter shows the highest growth, so if this trend continues, we could be on course for record growth later this year. As word spreads around the country about our plan to lower taxes, and particularly the doubling of the tuition rebate for our youth, we hope that that will boost growth even further."
This ninth straight quarter of population growth means that since January 2007 there has been a net increase of 4,036 people. For comparison, New Brunswick had a net loss of 4,313 people in the nine quarters before January 2007.
MEDIA CONTACT: Brendan Langille, communications, Population Growth Secretariat, 506-444-5070.