Population Growth Secretariat

Province surpasses 6,000 new New Brunswickers (10/06/28)

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June 28, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The largest number of interprovincial migrants since 1990 caused the population of New Brunswick to grow for the 13th consecutive quarter, according to a Statistics Canada report released this morning.

There has been a net increase of 6,393 people since January 2007. This surpasses the goal of increasing the province's population by 6,000 by the end of 2009 as set out by the state of the province address.

"Growing our economy and bringing our kids home have been two of our main objectives as a government," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat. "This important increase in interprovincial migration underscores that people living in other provinces have noticed what is happening in New Brunswick - with our plan for lower taxes and the incentives we have put in place to encourage young people to stay."

The latest Statistics Canada quarterly estimate - for Jan. 1 to April 1, 2010 - places New Brunswick's population at 751,300, up 0.08 per cent over the previous quarter.

"We are proud to have surpassed our first population growth target even though it may have taken one more quarter to do it," said Arseneault. "This achievement is especially noteworthy when you consider that New Brunswick's population had been declining year-over-year since 2002."

New Brunswick's population declined by 4,121 people in the 13 quarters before January 2007.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Brendan Langille, communications, Population Growth Secretariat, 506-471-3264, brendan.langille@gnb.ca.

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