Population Growth Secretariat

New Brunswick attending career exposition (10/04/28)

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April 28, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A delegation heads to Boston today to attract potential immigrants - including former New Brunswickers - to the province. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also the minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat, is leading the delegation.

A booth at the Women for Hire Career Expo will anchor the secretariat's presence in Boston. The booth will be staffed by Population Growth employees who will have New Brunswick labour market information and specific jobs that employers in the province are looking to fill.

"What better way to attract new New Brunswickers than by attending a career fair with specific positions to offer job seekers?" said Arseneault. "This career fair gives us an important opportunity to break into the Boston market, where there are a large number of Canadian and Atlantic Canadian expatriates."

In addition to attending the career fair, Arseneault will host an event with the Canadian Meet-up Group of Boston. This group includes more than 400 Canadian expatriates, of whom 25 per cent came from Atlantic Canada.

The minister said that New Brunswick's participation in events such as these have helped employers in this province find qualified workers and have contributed to 12 consecutive quarters of population growth.

"Our government has placed importance on population growth as a pillar of our self-sufficiency agenda and have had significant success as a result," he said.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Brendan Langille, communications, Population Growth Secretariat, 506-471-3264.

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