March 25, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The population of New Brunswick increased during the past 12 consecutive quarters (36 months), according to the latest Statistics Canada figures.
This means there has been a net increase of 5,778 people since January 2007. By comparison, New Brunswick's population declined by 4,263 people in the 12 quarters before January 2007.
"These numbers are certainly one indicator of how effective our initiatives for improving the economy and lowering taxes have been," said Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat. "This increase is proof that the establishment of the Population Growth Secretariat is playing a huge role in putting New Brunswick on the path to self-sufficiency."
The growth in the New Brunswick population resulted in part from a positive net interprovincial migration in 2009 for the first time since 1990. New Brunswick welcomed more than 1,900 immigrants last year.
"We are committed to doing everything we can to grow our economy and bring our kids home," Boudreau said. "The rest of the country is finding out about our plan for lower taxes, and the initiatives we have put in place encourage young people to live and work in New Brunswick. As word continues to spread, we hope to boost our growth even further."
Last year, the province increased the Multicultural Grants Program and invested about $1 million in settlement services. The province also provided $186,000 to organizations to encourage young New Brunswickers to live and work in the province.
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