Government of New Brunswick

Here in New Brunswick, we have made great progress as a province throughout the 20th Century. Imagine:

  • In 1960, per-capita personal income was 40 per cent less than the Canadian average. By 2014, this gap had narrowed to 11 per cent.
       
  • In 1976, 15.5 per cent of us earned low incomes. By 2011, this rate had gone down
    to 5.8 per cent
(Low income cut-offs after tax, 1992 base. Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM Table 202-0802).
  • While unemployment is still too high, more of us are working than ever before. In the past 30 years, only one other province achieved a faster increase in the workforce employment rate (the percentage of adults with a job) than New Brunswick.
        
  • Not that long ago, the only modern four-lane highways were in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. Today, we have more than 750 km of four-lane highway; two key corridors, Route 1 and Route 2 (the Trans-Canada Highway) have been twinned from end to end.
       
  • Our airports and seaports are far more advanced now than several decades ago. The Greater Moncton International Airport can accommodate the largest cargo planes. The Port of Belledune has joined the Port of Saint John in providing ice-free port service.

We rank third among the 10 provinces for the percentage of households with access to high-speed broadband infrastructure.

Percentage of households with access to 25 Mbps broadband infrastructure or higher (2014)

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Source: CRTC Commuications Monitoring Report, October 2015

  • Until the 1960s, the quality of schools, hospitals and social services throughout New Brunswick varied widely, depending on the strength of the local tax base and other factors. Wealthier areas enjoyed more or better quality services. Less affluent ones received fewer or poorer quality services. Then came Equal Opportunity. Today, we have access to a wide range of quality public services regardless of where we live.
       
  • According to Statistics Canada’s 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey, 93.4 per cent of us have a regular doctor – the highest rate among the provinces.

Our standard of living is much better. Our quality of life is higher. We are living longer than ever. Our stewardship of the environment has improved substantially.