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National Day of Mourning

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder (left) and Premier Blaine Higgs lowered the provincial flag outside the legislative assembly to half-mast today in recognition of the National Day of Mourning which commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and occupational exposure.

Minister visits an innovation centre for youth

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder recently visited the IDEA Centre, which is housed at ConnexionWorks in Saint John. A variety of community partnerships are being formed between the private sector and high schools, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship skills among students. The centre is open to all high school students in the Anglophone South School District who would ...

Changes to employment support delivery

The provincial government is changing the way employment programs are offered to better meet the needs of employers, job seekers and communities. To help increase awareness and better promote the reformatted services, the department’s 19 regional employment development offices will now be referred to as WorkingNB offices. From left: Jeremy Robinson, employee of Catapult Training and Employment Office; Leatha Howe, ...

Launch of FutureReadyWabanaki

An initiative has been launched to help Indigenous university students become job-ready while supporting employers in finding and recruiting qualified employees. FutureReadyWabanaki was established as a partnership involving the provincial government and the province’s four publicly funded universities. From left: FutureReadyWabanaki participants Candace Jones, Matthew Golding, Tiffani Fazio, Shyla Augustine, Jared Durelle and Nadia Wysote.

Population growth strategy and action plan released

The provincial government has released New Beginnings: A Population Growth Strategy for New Brunswick 2019-2024, which includes an action plan to increase the province’s population. From left: Thomas Raffy, CEO of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick; Joel Richardson, Cooke Aquaculture; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Nicole Grechi, international student; Moncef Lakouas, New Brunswick Multicultural Council; and Constantine ...

Nursing resource strategy released

The provincial government has released a nursing resource strategy focused on recruitment, retention, promotion of the nursing profession, and enhancing nursing education and employment and work-life balance. From left: Jean Daigle, Horizon Health Network; Johanne Roy, Vitalité Health Network; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Health Minister Hugh J. Flemming; Julie Weir, New Brunswick Nursing Home Association and ...

Funding for bridging program to train nurses

The licensed practical nurse (LPN) bachelor of nursing bridge program, which helps train LPNs to become registered nurses, will be reintroduced at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to help address the province’s nursing shortage. From left: Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Petra Hauf, vice-president of UNB’s Saint John campus; and Paul Mazerolle, president and vice-chancellor of ...

Students, educators and employers to be recognized at FutureReadyNB gala

A gala on Nov. 12 will celebrate the success of university students, educators and New Brunswick employers as part of the FutureReadyNB initiative.

Renewed Tuition Bursary program unveiled and tuition tax credit to be reintroduced

Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder unveiled measures to support students, including a Renewed Tuition Bursary program and the planned reintroduction of a tuition tax credit.

Minister attends summit supporting women in the trades

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder spoke at the New Boots: Progressing Women in the Trades summit. The New Boots program is sponsored by the department and led by Mentor Apprentice Program Strategic Workforce Services Inc. It is a provincial networking and resource hub that promotes, supports and mentors women and girls in the trades.

Public libraries accepting used smartphones to help New Brunswickers with sight loss

Five New Brunswick public libraries are accepting donations of used smartphones to help individuals who are blind or partially sighted. Phone It Forward is a partnership with New Brunswick Public Libraries, the CNIB Foundation New Brunswick and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, that refurbishes used smartphones and gives them to people with sight loss. From left: Post-Secondary Education Training and ...

Legislative amendments introduced to workers’ compensation system

The provincial government has introduced legislative amendments that address the recommendations from the Report of the Task Force on WorkSafeNB. The amendments are designed to ensure that benefits for injured workers are protected while offering financial stability for the province’s employers. From left: Haley Flaro, WorkSafeNB’s acting chairperson, and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder.

WorkSafeNB task force report submitted

The WorkSafeNB task force presented its report to the government today. From left: Treasury Board President Roger Melanson and task force chair Dennis Browne.

More than 2,000 summer jobs filled through SEED program

More than 2,000 students are working in non-profit, private sector and municipal government jobs this summer with support from the Student Employment Experience Development program. From left: Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage; Jacques Boissonnault, owner of Boissonnault and McGraw Ltd.; and student Vincent Charest.

Next step taken regarding paid leave for individuals subject to domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence

The provincial government has taken the next step to provide workplace leave provisions for individuals who experience domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence. From left: deputy premier Stephen Horsman; Cathy Holtmann, director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre; Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic regional director; and Premier Brian Gallant.

Tourism Employment Fund for Seniors launched

The provincial government is investing $2.1 million in a wage supplement pilot program to be known as the Tourism Employment Fund for Seniors. From left: Mehmet Yunli, acting CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick; Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet; Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames; and Patricia Bernier, head tour guide, Kingsbrae Garden.

Income support and training services for EI claimants affected by gap in benefits

A federally funded program will provide immediate income support and training for New Brunswickers who experience a gap between employment insurance benefits and their seasonal employment. Participating in the announcement were, from left, Acadie-Bathurst MP Serge Cormier and Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage.

Public libraries offer free passes to Village Historique Acadien

During Provincial French Pride Week, March 19-25, the public may visit any of the 63 public libraries in the province and present their library card to sign out one free admission pass per cardholder to the Village Historique Acadien. From left: Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage; Philippe Basque, historian for the Village Historique Acadien; and Eva Fischer, ...

Investment of $2.4 million in NBCC infrastructure

The provincial government is investing $2.4 million in the New Brunswick Community College’s (NBCC) infrastructure as part of its 2018-19 capital budget. From left: Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames; Lisa Taylor, vice-president of finance and administration, NBCC Saint Andrews; Cameron Blair, student council president for NBCC Saint Andrews; Premier Brian Gallant; Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet and ...

Minister: Family Day expected to be good for hospitality sector

The provincial government anticipates the addition of a new paid holiday will create increased opportunity for the hospitality industry and other sectors this year. The province’s first Family Day will be on Monday, Feb. 19. From left: Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage; Ronald Drisdelle, president of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick; Brian Conoley, Radical Edge; ...

Amendments to the Employment Standards Act proposed

The provincial government has introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act that would include domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence leave, and also update unpaid leave provisions. Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage discussed the changes with reporters this morning.

Investment of $1.6 million in CCNB infrastructure

The provincial government is investing $1.6 million in the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick’s (CCNB) infrastructure as part of its 2018-19 capital budget. From left: Alain Boisvert, director of the CCNB Acadian Peninsula campus; Sylvio Boudreau, first vice-president of CCNB; Post-Secondary Education Minister Roger Melanson; Paolo Fongemie, director of the CCNB Bathurst campus; Gérald Losier, director general of finance and infrastructure ...

Memorandum of understanding signed with Université de Moncton

The provincial government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Université de Moncton that is meant to provide stable tuition for students and predictable multi-year funding for the university. From left: Prof. Sid Ahmed Selouani; Memramcook-Tantramar MLA Bernard LeBlanc; Tristian Gaudet, president of La Fédération des étudiantes et étudiants du Campus universitaire de Moncton; university president Raymond Théberge; Post-Secondary ...

Memorandums of understanding with three publicly funded universities

Post-Secondary Education Minister Roger Melanson announced that the provincial government and three of the province’s four publicly funded universities have reached agreements that are meant to provide stable tuition for students and predictable multi-year funding for the universities.

Committee established to strengthen labour-government relations

The provincial government has established a labour-government steering committee to build stronger relationships between government and the labour movement and to identify areas of co-operation. From left: Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage; Daniel Légère (Canadian Union of Public Employees); Treasury Board President Roger Melanson; Finance Minister Cathy Rogers; Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser; Lana Payne (UNIFOR); ...