In the longer term, a sustained focus on the elements of the New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan is meant to create a strong economic foundation and the basis for a high quality of life for all of us. We will have addressed:
– by growing our workforce,
– by providing more targeted training and skills alignment efforts, and
– by significantly growing the number of new and returning New Brunswickers settling here.
- our INNOVATION challenge:
– by fostering an innovative, competitive and en- trepreneurial economy, and
– by investing in Research and Development.
– by attracting private-sector investment based on the strength of our business climate.
- our INFRASTRUCTURE challenge:
– by making a long-term commitment to investing in infrastructure that will ensure industries continue to invest here and talent from around the world will come to call our province home.
– by increasing the speed at which government responds to economic opportunities, changing global markets and our citizens within a sustainable fiscal framework.
In the longer term, a growing economy and expanding workforce will enable us to continue the progress started in the 1960s.
||A demographically balanced, growing population and economy creating a sustainable economic foundation for all regions.
Multicultural, diverse and thriving communities.
||An innovative economy and population creating higher-value activity.
||An environment that is attractive to private-sector investment and that encourages us to invest locally.
||World-class infrastructure supports economic and social objectives.
||A government fiscal framework that is sustainable and reduces our dependency on fiscal equalization payments.
The focus on agility means that New Brunswick is known across North America as an excellent location in which to invest. We have an economy providing opportunities for all.
Deeper dive: Taking control of our destiny
Sometimes it feels, as individuals, communities and a province, that events outside our control are shaping our destiny. Even though we are buffeted by global and national economic forces, we have to realize that no one else is coming to our rescue. In Paris, Shanghai, Mumbai, New York, Toronto and even Ottawa, our challenges do not show up on the radar. But in Saint John, Beresford, Edmundston, Riverview and Minto, how we address these challenges will determine our future. To us, they mean everything. We must take control of our collective destiny. If we are to achieve the vision for our province in the long term, it will be our decisions – as individuals, families, business owners, community leaders and government – that will make it happen.