Population Growth Secretariat

Multicultural and newcomer resource centre officially opens (10/06/28)

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June 28, 2009

CARAQUET (CNB) - A new multicultural and newcomer resource centre officially opened today as part of continuing efforts to attract newcomers to the Acadian Peninsula. The opening was attended by Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert.

"If we are going to successfully grow the population in northern New Brunswick and on the Acadian Peninsula, we need to provide resources to support newcomers." said Albert. "This centre will be an important piece of infrastructure to support francophone immigration in New Brunswick."

Centre d'accueil des nouveaux arrivants de la Peninsule acadienne (Newcomer welcoming centre for the Acadian Peninsula) is located at 22 St.-Pierre Blvd E. in Caraquet.

During the last year, the provincial government has opened similar newcomer welcome centres in Saint John and the Miramichi, fulfilling its commitment in Be Our future: New Brunswick's Population Growth Strategy to build immigrant settlement services in all regions of the province.

"By continuing to build the services for newcomers available throughout the province, especially in our rural and francophone areas, we are ensuring that all regions of the province have an ability to attract and retain newcomers," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat. "Supporting francophone immigration is a key part to our government's population growth strategy as well as our self-sufficiency agenda."

The centre will be managed by the Comité d'accueil, d'intégration et d'établissement des nouveaux arrivants de la Péninsule Acadienne. The provincial government invested $179,093 in the establishment of the centre. It will be supported financially by the Roadmap to Linguistic Duality fund set up by the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency.

The government funding will enable the centre:

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

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