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)