Supply and Services

Government contributes $25,000 to promote translation industry (09/05/08)

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May 8, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has invested in the promotion of New Brunswick's translation industry through a $25,000 contribution to Traduction NB Translation Inc. (NB Translation). Ed Doherty, minister of supply and services, made the announcement today.

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"As Canada's only officially bilingual province, we have a great talent pool to draw from to grow this industry here in New Brunswick," said Doherty. "The translation industry provides good-paying jobs, and we want to see this industry grow, not only to meet the needs of clients in our own province, but also to expand the provision of these services to other markets."

More than 16 million words of translation and interpretation services were provided for the provincial government through the Department of Supply and Services in the 2008-09 fiscal year. The department is a member of NB Translation, and encourages development of the industry through work with stakeholders, including NB Translation, educational institutions, and students considering translation and/or interpretation as a career.

This one-time contribution will assist in funding NB Translation's promotional campaign, which hopes to raise awareness of the translation industry in New Brunswick, and its career opportunities through enhancements to the organization's website and other promotional materials.

"In an officially bilingual province where the government must rely on translation to serve its people in both official languages, the translation industry is of the utmost importance," said Yvonne McLaughlin, president of Translation NB. "The maintenance and expansion of this industry in New Brunswick, as well as in the rest of Canada, depends highly on qualified human resources. During the next three years, NB Translation will launch this major promotional campaign to promote translation careers for New Brunswickers and attract qualified workers to the province."

Traduction NB Translation Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to promote the translation industry by providing a forum where the interests of clients, translation service providers, educational institutions and government bodies are represented, and the need for succession planning taken into account in order to ensure the orderly growth of the industry.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.

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